NFC East Q&A: Hottest seats belong to Sam Bradford, Jerry Reese

Today's question: Who is on the hottest seat in the division?

Dan Graziano, New York Giants reporter: Sam Bradford’s seat isn’t just hot -- it has an actual expiration date. After the Eagles moved up in the draft and took Carson Wentz with the No. 2 pick, Bradford knew his days were numbered. No matter how he performs, he’s ultimately going to lose the job to Wentz. That could be this year, could be next year, but the date is coming soon.

Todd Archer, Dallas Cowboys reporter: Since there are two new head coaches in Ben McAdoo and Doug Pederson, and Jay Gruden is coming off a division title, it comes down to three people: Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford and Giants general manager Jerry Reese. New York ownership made their feelings clear that the departure of Tom Coughlin wasn’t so much about the coach but about the lack of talent added to the roster in recent years. Reese is responsible for that, and you saw his reaction this offseason by going on a spending spree in free agency (Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, Damon Harrison). In the draft, Eli Apple was something of a curious pick but Sterling Shepard seems like a nice addition. Garrett is the longest-tenured coach in the division and has a .500 record over his five years with one playoff appearance. Jerry Jones is not known for patience but he has been patient with Garrett. He is in the second year of a five-year deal, so Jones might be willing to be more patient even if the fan base isn’t. To me, Bradford is the answer. He signed a two-year deal and the Eagles drafted Carson Wentz in the first round. If you think Bradford will be booed in the first quarter of the first game of the season, take the under.

Phil Sheridan, Philadelphia Eagles reporter: I’d have to go with Jay Gruden here, if only because his boss is Daniel Snyder. If that team takes a significant step backward in 2016, I have to think Snyder will look at Gruden first. GM Scot McCloughan still has the security of being the most recent major hire. Half the division has first-year head coaches, and it seems as if Jason Garrett has some cover because Jerry Jones blames himself as GM for the Cowboys’ woes. As far as players, Eli Manning’s seat is warming up now that a new head coach is in place. I just think Manning will do well playing for Ben McAdoo.

John Keim, Washington Redskins reporter: I know Jason Garrett is often the go-to guy for this honor (or whomever is coaching the Redskins), but it has to be, and should be, Giants general manager Jerry Reese. The Giants have missed the postseason four straight seasons (and six of the past seven), just hired a new coach and embarked on a spending spree this offseason, trying to bolster a roster that hasn’t been helped enough by Reese’s drafts. If new head coach Ben McAdoo works out, then Reese will have bought himself a lot more time. Entering last season, the thought was that Reese had excellent security -- and the Giants have a history of being loyal to their GMs. But to me, the offseason spending suggested a guy who's desperate to rebuild a roster, someone who should sense what could happen if he doesn’t.