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Initial reactions to the Eagles benching Carson Wentz for Jalen Hurts

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The Philadelphia Eagles benched Carson Wentz for Jalen Hurts. Kind of a big deal! So I got together with Benjamin Solak to run through our initial reactions to this Eagles quarterback change for an emergency BGN Radio podcast. You can [CLICK HERE TO LISTEN] or stream the latest episode below:

Show topics include ...

  • What can we expect from Hurts against the Saints?
  • How long of a leash does Hurts have?
  • Does Hurts playing well save Doug Pederson and/or Howie Roseman?
  • Does Hurts having success prove that Wentz has been the biggest problem with the offense?

“I think one of the interesting things to watch down the stretch here will be ... and kind of where I’m at with this, is that ... really going back to what happened with Nick Foles in the past. [...] The theory behind that, I think, with Foles coming in ... I think some people ran too much with the idea that Foles is the superior player and I don’t think that’s what it was always about with him having success. I think what you could look at and argue there was Foles was running the offense. He wasn’t dictating the offense. I think that’s absolutely factored in to Carson Wentz’s struggles. From everything that has been heard here, I’ll phrase it like that, Carson has a very large influence on this offense. He’s an alpha, type-A personality, where he wants things to be his way. I think being so controlling and, quite frankly, uncoachable, I think that’s a real issue. I think that absolutely factors in to why he’s been so bad this year. Not saying it’s the only reason. I think it’s attrition. The injuries, the coaching, him being uncoachable, the roster obviously not being great from Howie Roseman. But I think that’s a factor. So I want to see what it looks like when you have a rookie quarterback in there who doesn’t have the cachet and the clout in the organization to be like ‘I’m not running the play’ or ‘I’m dictating the offense how I want to do it’ as opposed to just running what the coaches are telling him to do. That’s something I want to see [tested] down the stretch here.”

  • Was the Hurts pick still bad even if he has success?
  • Can Hurts win the starting job for 2021?
  • What do the Eagles do with Wentz beyond this season? Does he ever start again in Philly? Can they actually trade him?
  • If Hurts looks bad, do the Eagles consider drafting a quarterback high in the 2021 NFL Draft?

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Up next: I’ll be talking even more Wentz and Hurts fallout with Jimmy Kempski on this week’s BGN Radio episode.

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