Philly should break bank for Mariota

Marcus Mariota had an outstanding season for Oregon in 2014. Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles are in a quandary. The team's 20-12 regular-season record over the past two years ranks tied for eighth in the league and yet the club missed the playoffs last year and still has zero postseason wins since 2008.

Chip Kelly's team also has a major question mark at quarterback and must decide whether to stick with the status quo or attempt to move up in the 2015 NFL draft with the hope of landing Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Putting all of the chips in on a single player can be a very risky move, but in this case the metrics, game tapes and other personnel elements are all in agreement: The Eagles need to break the bank and do whatever it takes to acquire Mariota. Let's look at the reasons why.

1. Mariota has operated the Kelly system better than any other Oregon quarterback