Well, so much for a typical quiet Monday during the NFL offseason. PhillyVoice dropped a bombshell with a scathing report about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.
I felt the need to voice a lot of thoughts on this topic so I recorded an emergency episode of BGN Radio.
Show topics includes:
— Background information on the author, Joe Santoliquito
— Accounting for biases and agendas
— When teams lose or players are struggling, these kind of reports are bound to come out. It sometimes even happens when teams win … just look at ESPN’s story last year about the Pats being dysfunctional a month before they made the Super Bowl. And then made it back again this year.
— Wentz is still obviously the franchise quarterback. The Eagles said as much last week. That’s not changing because this report came out.
— Wentz still had a higher passer rating than Jared Goff, Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, Dak Prescott and Aaron Rodgers in 2018. That’s not to say he was perfect, but some of his critics have been too harsh.
— I’ve been saying on BGN Radio that Wentz could probably afford to be more mature. I think the topic of maturity is the crux of this PhillyVoice report.
— The contrast with Foles’ maturity and Wentz’s immaturity is stark, which doesn’t help Wentz.
— Some of the anti-Wentz stuff is anecdotal and incorrect. For example: “Wentz targets Ertz too much!”
— Players come out in support of Wentz: Fletcher Cox, Brandon Brooks, Zach Ertz, Lane Johnson, Torrey Smith, Nate Sudfeld, Jason Kelce.
— It might be more telling who HASN’T spoken up: Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor (contract year), running backs.
— Maybe this report getting out is ultimately a good thing? Maybe Wentz realizes he should evaluate his approach? It sounds like some players thought the public criticism would be to his benefit.
— What does this mean for the future? More pressure on Wentz, sure, but it doesn’t really change the bottom line … he was always going to need to play better in 2019. And there’s reason to believe he can bounce back after with a full, healthy offseason to prepare for the upcoming season.
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