The Eagles need the real Carson Wentz to stand up before it’s too late

Carson Wentz is not fully to blame for the Eagles abysmal 2020 start. Howie Roseman’s abysmal track record is horrendous. Doug Pederson’s comments and adjustments have been mind-boggling. Carson Wentz’s performance hasn’t helped though.

Many people (myself included) gave him a pass for a rough start against Washington in Week One. An offensive line ravaged by injuries gave up eight sacks and the lack of a running game really hurt the team’s chances.

Still, against a talent-less team in Washington, Wentz’s two interceptions came at an awful time that gave the Football Team life, and held onto the ball an excruciating amount of time.

Against the Rams last week, Wentz was even worse. The O-Line held up their end of the bargain against Aaron Donald, and the Eagles offense rushed for over 100 yards. The defense had held the Rams in check and the offense had battled back from a 21-3 deficit to be down by only five.

And then Wentz threw what might have been his worst pass as a pro:

In the first two games of the season, the Eagles were either leading or driving to take the lead.

And a poor Wentz decision derailed any chance of a victory.

It’s time to Cut the Cord

There hasn’t been a bigger Wentz defender than myself. I always felt that the part of the fan base that cried out for Foles to take over after the Super Bowl were crazy. I thought that his improbable run to the division title last season was a masterful display of talent, efficiency, and leadership. There hasn’t been a bigger fan of Wentz than myself.

But I’ve had just about enough.

Forget about Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson, and the insanity that has been the first two games of the season. Wentz has not played well at all. In many cases, Wentz has been THE reason the team is 0-2.

Wentz has been one of the most highly-scrutinized QB’s in the NFL. Questions of his leadership, his skill set and his ability to adapt have surrounded him since the 2017 offseason. But with a 2nd round pick wasted on a QB standing behind him, and a plethora of Eagle fans wanting him run out of town, it’s time for the Wentz-defenders to hold him accountable.

Wentz is 27 years old. He’s battled injuries two of the four years he’s been in the league and is going through arguable the worst stretch of his career. It also might bring into the fact that the play-calling might be on him as well:

Again, I have loved Carson Wentz. But everyone and their mothers knew the Eagles needed speed in the offseason. Howie answered the bell. Everyone and their mothers knew the Eagles needed fresh ideas in the coaching ranks. Pederson and Co. brought in three new offensive minds. This begins and ends with Wentz and his poor play.

0-2 is not a season-ending start. But with a murders row of opponents coming up, it’s now or never for the Eagles signal caller.

R-E-L-A-X

Let’s pause and go back in time 17 years ago to 2003.

The Eagles, in their fifth season under the helm of the Andy Reid/Donovn McNabb era had started 0-2. The Quarterback had played atrocious (even worse than Wentz has played) and was under immense amount of pressure to right the ship.

Seriously..compare McNabb’s stats at the start of 2003 to Wentz’s and it doesn’t even look as bad:

Carson Wentz this year: 59% completion, 512 passing yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs, 64.4 passer rating.

Donovan McNabb in 2003: 45% completion, 334 passing yards, 0 TDs, 3 INTs, 41.4 passer rating.

The season is not over. But if the Eagles want to try and get to the postseason for the fourth year in a row, it begins and ends with Carson Wentz.

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2 thoughts on “The Eagles need the real Carson Wentz to stand up before it’s too late

  1. In 2003 the eagles played 2003 super bowl winner Tampa and 2002 super bowl winner New England. In 2020 they played an OK Rams team and a team with no name. Maybe 2003 wasn’t so bad.

  2. Wentz’s struggles started at ND State, where he had to carry the team. We drafted a gunslinger who if he couldn’t make the throw, cold make plays with his feet. He ran all of 2017 which is what made him such a threat. After the ACL, he stopped running and became a pocket passer, which he is not.

    This summer, the Eagles said they realized that Wentz’s strength was throwing out of the pocket, on the run and they or he has not done that but once or twice. So either Wentz is now afraid to run to avoid getting hurt, or the powers that be told him not to, in order to protect their investment. This has removed one of Wentz’s main attributes. He used to extend plays by getting outside the pocket which enabled him to have a few extra seconds to find a possible target, or get the yardage himself. That running ability also caused the D to play differently. Picture Mahomes or Jackson or Wilson or Rogers without the ability to take off and run. If the D knows he is going to stay in the pocket, it allows them to play tighter and collapse the pocket. Now the extra time that Wentz has become accustomed to using, is causing him to hold the ball too long. If he was outside the pocket, that extra time wouldn’t matter. He would also have a clearer look at his receivers. Even if he ran for 4-5 yds. that makes it 2nd and 5 instead of 2nd and 10. It would be better to teach him to learn to slide for 5 yds. than to take the chance to run for 10. Having Hurts in the lineup, causes the D to now have to account for the possibility he will be in on the play, rather than just being a decoy. Those few seconds of hesitation by the D, are all it takes for one of our receivers to break into the open. Doug has some creative plays, but he tends to use those plays too consistently in the same situation. Depending on down and yardage, you can almost predict who will be getting the ball. Hurts will provide a necessary distraction and if Carson is calling the plays, then maybe Doug should tell him to get up to the line quicker so he can make the change in Carson’s helmet, and if it’s Doug, then he needs to do better. If you look at the starting QB’s in the NFL, I count maybe 8 who are truly pocket passers….the rest are all a threat to run. We do not have time, especially with no OTA’s and preseason games to wait until Wentz gets better at passing from the pocket. Do that next year. Get him on the run or get someone who can. Hurts anyone? he ran for over 1200+ yds. last year and 20 TD’s as well as passed for 3851 on almost 70% completions. 237 completions and only 8 INT. Granted, that was college, but he obviously has skills that we need. Hell, if Try Burton can complete a pass to Nick Foles, I’m pretty sure Hurts can complete 1-2.

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