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Eagles News: “It’s officially time to be concerned” about Carson Wentz

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/28/20.

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Eagles, Carson Wentz’s stock free-falling following troubling tie with Bengals - ESPN
It’s officially time to be concerned about the Philadelphia Eagles and their leader, quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz made some plays late in regulation to force overtime but had his third shaky outing in as many starts in a 23-23 tie with the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Wentz completed 29-of-47 passes for 225 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, as the Eagles move to 0-2-1. Wentz now has six picks on the year — one less than he had all of last season. A microcosm of his struggles came late in the third quarter, as he failed to find a wide-open John Hightower on a rollout to his left, and followed that with a misplaced ball to Zach Ertz that resulted in his second turnover of the game. With that interception, Wentz became the first Eagles QB with multiple interceptions in three straight games since Ron Jaworski in 1985. That was the season the Eagles drafted Randall Cunningham in the second round, signaling the beginning of the end of Jaworski’s time in Philadelphia.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Bengals game - PhillyVoice
4) The ‘Sailing Away’ Award: Carson Wentz’s accuracy. Even in his outstanding season in 2017, Wentz was never going to be mistaken for Joe Montana on the accuracy front. But Good Lord, his regression in that area has been stunning. I could name a bunch of the bad throws, but I know I’d leave some out, so the exercise of showing how inaccurate he was is probably best saved for another day. But you all saw it. There’s no more blame for wide receivers dropping passes, or poor protection, or anything else. He’s simply just missing his targets. He was so inaccurate today that his best throw of the day was arguably to Zach Ertz, who may or may not have been the intended target, lol. Ertz was running a route directly behind John Hightower, and when the ball sailed over Hightower’s head, it landed in Ertz’s hands, in stride.

Roob’s observations after Eagles punt their way to embarrassing tie with Bengals - NBCSP
3. OK, let’s talk Carson. We saw some signs of life late in the game. He kept fighting, and you give him credit for that. He made some big plays on a fourth quarter drive that forced overtime. He almost got the Eagles into field goal range twice in overtime. But let’s be honest. It never should have gotten to that point, and I’m not going to sit here and celebrate a tie against the freaking Bengals. The bottom line is once again Wentz wasn’t good enough and he hasn’t been good enough all year. The mistakes, the misfires, the fumbles, the interceptions continue, with no end in sight. That’s just who Carson Wentz is right now. A good play here, a bad play there, a worse play here. And with each passing week, it just seems more and more unfixable. Wentz is now the first Eagles quarterback to throw multiple interceptions in three straight games since Ron Jaworski in 1985 and the first to throw six INTs the first three games of a season since Sonny Jurgensen in 1961. If he’s not the worst quarterback in the NFL, he’s close. And it’s not just one thing. It’s his accuracy, his decision making, his pocket presence … everything. Yeah, Wentz did show a few signs of life Sunday, and maybe he can build on them. But the disasters continue to outnumber the signs of life, and at this point I don’t see much reason for hope.

Eagles vs. Bengals: 36 winners, losers, and I dunnos - BGN
LOSERS — Everyone that has been drafted by the Eagles in the last five years that isn’t Josh Sweat. I’m not even kidding. Carson Wentz: another rough performance. Best throw of his season to Zach Ertz put the Eagles in field goal range for the first time, and I liked what I saw from his scrambling. But his interceptions were terrible decisions, he was regularly inaccurate, and he still has little playmaking ability both in terms of deep passing and in scramble drill opportunities. He doesn’t trust his receivers and probably hates the offense.

The Kist & Solak Show #196: Kissing Your Sister in OT - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak recap a thrilling(lol) overtime tie between the Eagles and Bengals w/thoughts on Doug’s late game decisons, Wentz’s performance, standouts on the defense & Three Words from the gentle listeners! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Thank You Notes - Iggles Blitz
Thank you to Howie Roseman for assembling such a young, dynamic group of players. Not just anyone could find all this talent.

Doug Pederson punting on the season shouldn’t overshadow the Eagles’ bigger offensive problems - Inquirer
But why has Wentz gone from being considered one of the league’s most promising quarterbacks to being anything but special? Pederson and Wentz were always going to be tied at the hip after the Eagles drafted him in the coach’s first season. The 27-year-old is, ultimately, the coach’s responsibility. But something’s wrong higher up at the factory that prides itself on rolling out quality quarterbacks. It was hubris that led to that draft statement from Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, and it was hubris that kept him from seeing how spending a second-round pick on a quarterback would affect the starter. Wentz is playing like he’s looking over his shoulder at Jalen Hurts, who was again on the field for two plays. But this week the rookie took snaps, while Wentz lined up wide as a receiver. There are likely other reasons for his struggles, but that it’s even a question is of the Eagles’ own doing.

What Doug Pederson’s decision to play for a tie says about the coach, the Eagles - The Athletic
Doug Pederson showed you what he thought of his team. He played for a tie. Once he realized a 64-yard field goal was out of kicker Jake Elliott’s range, Pederson appeared to make a calculation: The Bengals offense had a better chance of converting 12 yards than the Eagles offense. Pederson didn’t say that with his words. He said it with his actions. He might as well title his next book “Fearful.” He essentially looked at symmetrical situations and liked the Bengals’ side better.

NFL Week 3 PFF ReFocused: Cincinnati Bengals 23, Philadelphia Eagles 23 - PFF
Carson Wentz struggled for his third game in a row, completing just over 50% of his passes for 225 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He looked comfortable only when targeting his trusty tight end Zach Ertz or running with the football. He had nine carries go for 65 yards, including a scramble touchdown with seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

In 23-23 tie, Eagles trip themselves up with mistakes - PE.com
Wentz threw two more interceptions, one on a tipped pass, and now has six interceptions and only two touchdown passes this season. He completed 29 of 47 passes for 225 yards on Sunday, although Wentz did make some things happen with his legs, running for 65 yards on nine attempts, including the one at the end of regulation that pushed the game into overtime. It didn’t help that he spent most of the game throwing to young receivers like Greg Ward, Deontay Burnett, and rookie John Hightower after Goedert went out in the first quarter and Jackson suffered his hamstring injury later in the first half. The passing game is not in sync. Wentz averaged just 4.1 yards per passing attempt, at least 3 or 4 yards fewer than desired in the NFL. Twenty-one of Wentz’s 47 attempts went to Ward (11 targets) and Ertz (10 targets). Goedert had one catch for 7 yards before his injury and Jackson had two catches for 11 yards on four targets before leaving the game.

Spending on Offense and Defense in the NFL - Over The Cap
Big Spending on Offense And Defense. Three teams in 2020 have really decided to go all out with the construction of their teams. The Eagles and the Texans both have incredibly high priced players on offense and are bit above average on defense. The 49ers have gone a bit in the other direction with higher priced defensive talent while trending slightly above the average for offense. The Eagles and Texans are both off to terrible starts and the 49ers are devastated by injuries. I think for these teams it would be a disaster to miss the playoffs.

NFL execs see Eagles’ Josh McCown as a future head coach, and it could come sooner rather than later - CBS Sports
As shocking as it sounds to talk about a current NFL player as a head-coaching candidate in short order, several current and former execs I’ve talked to who have been around McCown believe that he could be an NFL head coach within five years of retiring from the game, perhaps sooner. He could have a job as a quarterback coach right now if he wanted it, some execs told me, and would be on a fast track to quickly move to a coordinator role and, with success there, be a head coach within a year or two.

Philadelphia Eagles continue demonstrations against racial injustice, DeSean Jackson honors Breonna Taylor - PennLive
For the second straight week, members of the Eagles wore black shirts that read “Black Lives Matter” on the front and “Enough is Enough” on the back during pregame warmups. Jackson wore cleats featuring the name of Breonna Taylor and her portrait. Taylor was shot and killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky, during what The New York Times called “a botched raid on her apartment” earlier this year. Taylor’s death has been a rallying point for activists during demonstrations over the summer and into the fall.

4 winners and 7 losers from Bengals’ overtime tie with Eagles - Cincy Jungle
Carl Lawson: Jason Peters looked completely washed at left tackle, and Lawson took advantage. He had a sack, a couple of pressures on Carson Wentz in first half. This was a game he needed after looking pedestrian during the first two weeks.

Five winners and five losers from the Dallas Cowboys loss to the Seattle Seahawks - Blogging The Boys
While Trevon Diggs did show some great hustle, the fact remains that he was burnt on that play. He certainly has that in common with his fellow secondary players. Russell Wilson is an amazing quarterback and therefore playing him is obviously a challenge but man, the Cowboys looked absolutely lost in the secondary. Play after play it seemed like there was a wide open Seahawks pass-catcher; consider that Tyler Lockett had three touchdowns at halftime. The unit is banged up and depending heavily on the play of a rookie second-round pick, but excuses have worn thin. This group collapsed throughout a lot of the game and was one of the main reasons why the team lost.

Instant analysis: Things I think after the Giants’ embarrassing loss to San Francisco - Big Blue View
The Giants aren’t looking for Super Bowl titles right now. They aren’t even looking for playoffs. They are looking for signs that things are getting better after going an NFL-worst 12-36 from 2017-2019. Sunday wasn’t progress. In fact, it was a stark reminder of just how far the Giants have to go. Jones isn’t getting better at limiting devastating mistakes. The defense isn’t getting better at getting off the field on third down or creating takeaways. The offensive line isn’t getting better at creating holes for running backs.

Dwayne Haskins Jr. Presser: I was trying to do too much, trying to make plays - Hogs Haven
Dwayne Haskins Jr. Spoke to the media after a turnover-filled loss to the Cleveland Browns. He threw 3 interceptions, and also lost a fumble. Haskins said he was trying to do too much, trying to make a play, or fir it into a tight window which led to the turnovers. He doesn’t feel like he was staring down receivers, even though there was a heavy focus on that from today’s announcers. He said he needs to look elsewhere if his guy is covered, or take the sack if the throw isn’t there.

Early fantasy football waiver wire adds for Week 4 - Fake Teams
WR Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (27% rostered). Week 3 saw a lot of rookie wide receivers breakout, but no one more than Jefferson. He caught seven of nine targets for 175 yards and a touchdown. Jefferson is a must-add this week as the Vikings are set to face the Texans, Seahawks, and Falcons next, all secondaries who love giving up fantasy points to wide receivers.

Trubisky is Benched and Chicago Bearly Paws Down a Wounded Falcons Team in Another Sloppy Win to Reach 3 and 0 - Windy City Gridiron
Hellooo Nicholas — Mitch Trubisky hasn’t played a good third quarter all season, so I suppose it made sense to put “fancy weiner” Nick Foles in after Biscuit threw his first pick of the game in the third quarter. Fun fact, the Eagles didn’t build a statue of Nick Foles because he won a super bowl for him. They built it to commemorate how well he impersonates a statue when he tries to scramble. Foles started out rough but pulled together a magical finish to a truly perplexing game.

Week 3: Josh Allen’s Pissed Off, Tony Romo’s Proud and Buffalo’s 3-0 - FMIA
Nick Foles, quarterback, Chicago. For a guy who hadn’t played in a football game in 10 months, Foles, subbing for Mitchell Trubisky five minutes into the second half of what looked like a lost-cause game at Atlanta, started predictably: interception, punt, downs. Then Foles put on his 2017 cape. Down 26-10 with eight minutes left, Foles finished three scoring drives with TD passes to Jimmy Graham, Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller—the Bears’ money men in the receiving game—and staked his claim to the starting job with a 30-26 win.

The Falcons’ back-to-back collapses aren’t just bad, they’re historic - SB Nation
Chicago was still down three after a missed two-point conversation following Graham’s touchdown. The Bears started their drive on the Atlanta 44 following a punt. After two unsuccessful plays, Foles found Miller on a 28-yard touchdown pass down the middle of the field. It was a great throw from Foles under the pressure of a pass rush, but the only thing anyone will want to talk about is how Atlanta had blown another big fourth quarter lead.

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