ESPN reporter Josina Anderson dropped an interesting tidbit on Wednesday evening when she tweeted that one Philadelphia Eagles player told her that Howie Roseman “dropped the ball” by not trading for Jalen Ramsey.
On Thursday afternoon, Anderson appeared on NFL Live and shared a disparaging quote from her source about Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense (hat tip to 94WIP). Bold emphasis is mine:
“Well, with the team being 3-3, obviously, an Eagles source also talked to me about how that offense is functioning.”
“One of the things that they said is: ‘We need to make bleep simpler. Sometimes you just need to handle what is manageable.’ They said: ‘Even Peyton Manning knew when to check it down.’”
Carson Wentz right now is 38% on passes that travel 15 air yards, has three interceptions on passes like that, which is tied for most in the league. He also has 148 passes on those that are 10 yards or fewer. Right now he has nine touchdowns and zero interceptions like that. So I do think it is an apt point.”
This is now the second time since last November that an Eagles source has gone to Anderson with criticism for Wentz and the offense. As a reminder, here was the quote from last year:
“The other thing that the source pointed to is that he said “I feel like we’re over-targeting Zach Ertz,” which is the tight end. Right now, Zach Ertz leads them in targets with 111. And even though he’s catching 76% of those, the source says that he feels like it’s disrupting kind of the rhythm with everybody else getting into a groove on offense, even though Zach Ertz right now is on pace to have the most receptions in NFL history in a single season for a tight end.”
Wentz obviously also faced anonymous criticism from the PhillyVoice report that was published earlier this year.
I’d say it’s not great that Wentz’s teammates have been criticizing him through the media! Far from ideal to be dealing with some potential locker room dysfunction right before a huge game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.
I’d also say it’s not great that Wentz’s teammates aren’t really giving him any damn help on the field this season. He is far from one of this team’s biggest issues right now.
And as for those stats Anderson trotted out ... huh? A source is complaining Wentz is not checking down enough ... but also that he’s being too aggressive down the field? And we’re not including the context that two of Wentz’s interceptions came in the first half of a Falcons matchup where the game plan was scrapped minutes before kickoff due to inexplicable pregame injuries suffered by DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Dallas Goedert? And that the other pick basically came in garbage time against Minnesota?
Seems like some pretty bullshit criticism to me.
QBs who have produced negative plays (sacks, INTs, fumbles) at the lowest rate through 6 weeks:— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) October 16, 2019
1. Patrick Mahomes
2. Carson Wentz
3. Dak Prescott
4. Mason Rudolph
5. Jacoby Brissett
6. Aaron Rodgers
7. Tom Brady
8. Teddy Bridgewater
9. Matt Ryan
10. Matthew Stafford