Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz has struggled in the first two games of the 2020 NFL season, but he isn’t panicking. He spoke to the media on Wednesday afternoon about his performance and turnovers the first two weeks — including what he saw on the interception to JJ Arcega-Whiteside —, and also a bit about the Bengals’ defense.
Here’s what the QB had to say:
On his performance in Weeks 1 and 2
Wentz talked about how he isn’t dwelling on the losses, and has watched the tape, worked to make changes, and is focused on the next game. He later noted that bouncing back is something he’s had to do from good and bad things over the course of his career, and this is no different — he wants to still play like himself and not get tight or overthink things.
“I’m not going to change anything drastically, by any means, it’s just being smart and we’ll be just fine. I’m confident in myself that I’ll be just fine, and we’ll take care of business.”
The QB was asked about some of the throws he normally makes that he’s been missing on early on this season, and he said they’re all a little different and case-by-case.
“There’s a handful every game that you want back. In losses, you usually talk about them a little more. It’s something I want to get better at. I want to get back — some of it’s timing, some of it’s trusting what I’m seeing, trusting myself, and then physically just making the throw. I’ll be fine. I’m not panicking or pressing on it. There’s definitely some throws I want back, and that’s every game, but I gotta watch the tape and critique myself — but those are throws I can make and we’ll be better.”
Wentz later talked a but about he keeps his confidence up despite the issues, and admitted that things can shift pretty quickly in the NFL, but for him and the team, it’s about getting back to what they know, believing in themselves and their entire body of work, putting in the work, and then leaning into the group.
“We trust each other, we stay together, and the confidence is still there and still sky high for this team.”
On the JJAW target INT
“Was out clean on that movement, and thought I saw him open, but clearly he wasn’t. So, tried to force one there. Especially when we’re in a situation like that, and we’re moving down the field, I gotta be smarter than that.”
Wentz admitted it was just a bad decision.
“There’s a time to make those throws and pull up and force one — the window just wasn’t there, and I got a little aggressive there.”
On the Bengals’ defense
“We don’t see this team very often, and even in cross over film, or watching film, we don’t see them much at all. They’re very diverse defense in terms of what they like to do. They’ll play about every coverage in the book, they’ll bring about every different type of pressure in every different ways. They’ll try and disguise. They’ll try and do a lot of different things, so for us, it’s just trusting what we see and playing fast. Executing our game plan.”