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.
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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Nick Faria is currently a Marketing Coordinator for ESPN in Bristol, CT. A graduate from Hofstra University in New York, he is a two-time Associated Press Award winning reporter with experience in all four major sports in America. On top of his experience as a reporter and writer. Nick was born in Rhode Island but has a strong background around the Philadelphia Eagles, and other teams in the city of brotherly love. Nick is excited to take the next step in his professional career with Philly Sports Network!