Dear Eagles fans, it’s time to stop letting Carson Wentz live rent-free in your head

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 29: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) warms up prior to the National Football League game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 29, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

Carson Wentz might go down as one of the most polarizing quarterbacks in recent memory. After joining the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2016, his career would be made of the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Ultimately, his tenure in Philly ended on a sour note, but why is it that even now, his very name brings out aggressive opinions from every angle?

Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles

By now, we all know the story. A North Dakota State kid drafted by one of the toughest teams in the league, Wentz initially started to succeed in Philadelphia. His rookie season was filled with promise and what followed was an MVP-level campaign cut short by injury. Nick Foles led the Eagles to a miraculous Super Bowl, and at the same time, the beginning of the end for Carson Wentz.

To this day, the entire thing is perplexing. The anonymous sources, the ‘pissing contest’ between him and Doug Pederson, the souring of fans, and the eventual arrival of prodigal son Jalen Hurts, it happened so fast and so violently that it’s almost hard to believe that just 4 years ago, the Eagles were on the verge of turmoil.

Moving on…kinda

A lot has changed since then. Jalen Hurts proved he belonged in Philadelphia and produced an MVP-level campaign/Super Bowl berth of his own, before being granted a $255M extension. The culture in the building changed and the City gravitated around a quarterback who was everything Wentz wasn’t – accountable, adaptable, and selflessly dedicated to those around him.

Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera, left, watching Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) greeting Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell (14) at the end of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, in Landover, Md. Eagles won 38-31. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Eagles are now 8-1, entering a Bye Week as the NFC’s hot favorite to win the Super Bowl this season. So why is it that the mere mention of Carson Wentz brings out the most outrageous of takes?

Let. It. Go.

It’s okay to be bitter about an ex that wronged you. Sometimes, you carry that damage for a long time. But it’s also important to understand you were right to move on and compare the person you are now to the one you were.

It’s time to put an end to the Carson Wentz chaos

While Carson Wentz continued to cause chaos at every turn, Jalen Hurts and the Eagles quickly built on a strong foundation. While one spiraled out of the NFL, the other became its poster boy.

The Rams have fallen from grace just like their new backup quarterback. Backup quarterback. The Eagles are one season removed from a Super Bowl appearance and seem destined to return to that stage. Why, oh why, does it feel like the ghost of such an erratic misfit is still living rent-free in so many heads?

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FILE – Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz throws to a receiver in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, in Landover, Md. The Commanders released Wentz Monday, Feb. 27, 2023.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

During Carson’s last season, the Eagles were walking a tightrope. One wrong step and that entire team would’ve needed rebuilding from the ground up. As the quarterback continued to seemingly dissociate himself from the core values that make Philadelphia such an iconic sports town. The City is now enamored with a quarterback who embodies everything it means to be from Philadelphia.

So, your ex has a new partner. Big whoop. But you’re married to the love of your life, with two amazing children, a gorgeous new home, and a cute little puppy called Sirianni bouncing around the living room.

It’s okay.

Let it go.

Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire