Shouldn’t Philadelphia Eagles fans be tired of this conversation by now?
Don’t get it twisted. Carson Wentz deserves plenty of blame for the Philadelphia Eagles’ week one loss, but come on guys and gals. We can’t just ignore the shortcomings of Philly’s head coach, Doug Pederson, and some of the other guys on the field. Did you see Zach Ertz drop that pass or some of his body language during that second half?
Just in case you haven’t noticed, the NFL is a team game, and while Wentz is the main concern on everyone’s mind right now, both because of his safety and performance, there are plenty of other issues that need to be addressed (predictability on offense, the running game, and the offensive line among other things). If those things aren’t addressed, it won’t matter how well Wentz bounces back.
Let’s make something clear here. There’s no ‘if Wentz will bounces back’ sentiment here, only a ‘when Wentz will bounce back’ rallying cry. We’ve seen him struggle before. Heck, every great quarterback struggled early, and every great quarterback can be limited by an NFL defense. Ineffective play happens from time to time.
Here’s the other side of the same coin. If ’11’ doesn’t fix this and continues to make these mistakes over the course of the next few games, there may be a reason to push the panic button, but Wentz has shown his maturity in a lot of these situations. He’ll need to show that same maturity and leadership again in the home opener on Sunday. There’s no reason to believe that he won’t.
If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, listen up. Carson Wentz will be fine.
As mentioned, other quarterbacks have gone through similar struggles at this point in their careers, even the greats. Names like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and Russell Wilson come to mind as they’ve had some forgettable performances at various points of their careers.
Yes, Wentz needs to throw the ball away. He needs to hit his receivers in the chest, hands, and on the numbers and take what the defense gives him. Still, these guys aren’t machines. It isn’t like Madden 21. Guys won’t always throw perfect passes because you hit the ‘square’ or ‘circle’ button.
Every quarterback will experience a few bumps in the road. Carson Wentz isn’t immune to that. He’s had a few rough games. He’ll have more if he continues to play in the NFL. It may not be fair to blame everything on the quarterback, but that’s the job. They get too much credit sometimes. They get too much blame sometimes.
This is a long season. The Eagles’ running game is going to get better. Miles Sanders and Lane Johnson will be back, maybe this week. These young Eagles receivers are going to get the timing and spacing down with Wentz as they continue to watch the game film. Just look at what Greg Ward has become.
Week 2 is approaching. Let’s see if Wentz settles down this week, throws more accurately, and make the correct reads. The Jalen Hurts fanatics are already out. Hey, it’s Philly, but before we panic, let’s see if Wentz can make these adjustments. Week 1 was ugly, but it’s much too early to give up on him.