Wentz has to hold up his end of the bargain after Eagles coaching changes

It’s been a wild few weeks for the Philadelphia Eagles. In just a few short breaths, the Doug Pederson era came to a close, Carson Wentz expressed his desire for an early exit, and the team blew up the offensive coaching staff. After rebuilding it from the ground up, it’s hard not to connect the dots and see that this was a staff put together with an intent to help repair a broken quarterback. The Eagles have done their part, now it’s down to Wentz.

Carson Wentz has every reason to be frustrated. The franchise that drafted him had let him down in so many ways over the past few years. However, his regression was shocking to even the most understanding of minds and it ultimately led to his benching.

Sure, he was sacked 50 times, only twice less than Russell Wilson who led the league in that metric and played in 3.5 more games. But the poor decision-making, lack of touch on the deep ball, and broken mechanics all played key roles too. As time has passed, there have been just as many concerning reports about Wentz off the field as there have about his play on it.

His ‘Type-A’ personality has been ripped to shreds on numerous occasions by anonymous sources and the last few months have seen a stark rise in people jumping on the bandwagon. From a lack of accountability to a grudge-match with his head coach, it’s not like Wentz has had a ton of glowing press since his benching.

Moving on from the North Dakota State product was never going to be easy given his $33M cap-hit, so it made logical sense to try and hit reset on the pieces around him and hope that the QB can turn it around.

Removing Press Taylor, his former QB coach whose relationship with Wentz had long been scrutinized for being too personal was a big step. But we also know that Wentz really didn’t take to John DeFilippo’s coaching back in 2016-17 and preferred the laid back approach that Taylor brought. While confounding, it’s easy to see why Wentz may not be too happy about Taylor’s departure.

Nick Sirianni helped build a very young coaching staff who all have a history working with established quarterbacking talent. Shane Steichen helped mold Justin Herbert’s rookie season and previously worked with Sirianni to help bring the best out of Phillip Rivers. The teams’ new QB coach, Brian Johnson, previously coached up Dak Prescott at Mississippi State and has a personal relationship with Jalen Hurts.

The Eagles have done all they can to hit reset on the same ideology that pushed Wentz to brilliance in 2017. A coaching core with connections to great quarterbacks who instead of having previous playing experience, are much closer to his age as Press Taylor was. It’s now down to Wentz to see if he wants to swallow the pill.

If the QB insists on folding his arms and throwing a Type-A tantrum, then he may be facing an early exit. The stage has been set, the cast has been assembled. It’s now all on Carson Wentz to make similar adjustments. The Eagles QB has to look in the mirror and realize that he too was responsible for the teams’ downfall last year and crying over spilt milk won’t change a thing. It comes down to maturity, awareness, and character. Wentz has to evolve if he is to survive in Philadelphia.

Ultimately, Carson Wentz can be led to water, he can’t be forced to drink. It seems as though the team acknowledged that there was clear unrest in the QB room after the bizarre events of 2020 and whether right or wrong, they bought Wentz a bouquet of Flowers in the hopes he’ll take them back. He was supposedly ready to run to the exit door just a month or so ago. The Birds have done their part. It’s now on Carson Wentz to prove he was worth all of the torture endured these past few weeks.

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One thought on “Wentz has to hold up his end of the bargain after Eagles coaching changes

  1. Liam…I could not agree more. The Eagles gave Wentz a very long leash and involved him too much in the decision process. I think that was Doug’s doing. I actually think that Doug may have lived vicariously through Wentz. Doug was mostly a backup throughout his entire career, so he always stayed on the sideline and could only experience the game through the starter ahead of him. The Eagles should have realized a type A personality needs to be kept in check to a certain extent. When Wentz started changing the called play at the line, and the play ended up blowing up because Wentz misread the D, he should have had the leash yanked back. At least half of his sacks were his own fault. His determination to keep the play going and try to make the hero throw instead of throwing it away or checking it down is what caused at least if not more than half of his 50 sacks. His other issue was deciding not tor un when he had open field in front of him, even if it was only 5 yds. …that’s half of a first down.

    The biggest issue will be talking to Wentz and seeing what he has to say going forward. He was good at laying the blame at other’s feet. At the end of the season, he refused to talk to the media. When you discipline your own kids, and give them a time out like Wentz got the last 4 games, you want to see contrition and a rededication to getting back to the player you used to be. So far we haven’t seen that. My guess is that the Eagles already know whether that will happen or not. I’m pretty certain they are already making plans for an either or scenario. I think the Eagles should announce it will be a QB competition and see how Wentz reacts. If he reacts poorly, they should entertain all offers, no matter the cost. If they get an offer from a team Wentz would like to go to, then he should be made to give back a ton of bonus money so that he can go where he wants. It can be worked out that the team he is traded to will make up that money in a signing bonus or with a contract that has guarantees for attaining performance levels. If Wentz bounces back, he will easily attain the levels a team sets,

    So Wentz has 2 choices. He can either go to management or through his agent let the Eagles know that he accepts responsibility for his poor play and that he will do everything he can to become the Wentz of old, or he can be sullen and stomp his feet and throw a tantrum, at which point, the Eagles will know what they have, and can then move forward with finding a trading partner, and let them know that they will complete the trade as long as Wentz gives back at least half of his bonus to drop the cap hit to about $15m, which would give the Eagles breathing room to look at potential free agents. They need to do this soon, since the deal for Stafford gave the Eagle one less possible trade partner.

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