Doug Pederson is right for not benching Carson Wentz
After yet another brutal loss for the Philadelphia Eagles, Doug Pederson spoke to the media and stated that he never considered benching Carson Wentz during their loss to the Cleveland Browns yesterday. He also said that Carson Wentz will be the starter next week against the Seahawks on Monday Night Football.
To be honest, Doug Pederson is making the right decision.
It’s clear that the Eagles coaching staff and front office are being stubborn when it comes to players underperforming this year. However, in a season where Wentz has been sacked a league high 39 times and has been under pressure nearly 40% of his drop-backs through the first nine games of the season, there’s absolutely no reason to bench him for a rookie quarterback in Jalen Hurts.
Yes, Wentz holds on to the ball for too long. Yes, as of late he has been lost in the pocket and lost the ability to read a defense efficiently. We all know that. However, the area in which you could help a struggling quarterback, is the running game and that is something that the coaching staff has refused to do for Carson Wentz.
Starting Jalen Hurts and benching your franchise quarterback will do nothing but hurt this team in the long run. Unless you are 100% certain that Carson Wentz’s time in Philadelphia has come to an end, there’s no way you can bench him and start Hurts. It’s really that simple.
Should Jalen Hurts be used more often? If Carson Wentz struggles and turns the ball over should Hurts enter the game for the next few series to show the city of Philadelphia why he was drafted in the second round of the NFL draft? Absolutely.
I still would be extra cautious throwing out the “bench” word around Carson Wentz while he has an offensive line that looks like a pound of Swiss cheese and a group of wide receivers that seemingly take hours to get off the line and into any type of routes to help their always under pressure quarterback.
This offense lacks any type of coherent structure. Of course Wentz is to blame for a big part of it. He’s the quarterback and is turning the ball over at an alarming rate. However, Jalen Hurts is not going to enter the game and fix these issues. Play calling on offense has been terrible and it’s only increased the spotlight on Carson Wentz’s struggles.
Yesterday Wentz was sacked on two third-and-3s, a third-and-4, and a third-and-8. Fourteen of Went’z near 40 sacks this season have been on third down. There’s no time to throw the ball regardless of who’s behind center.
It’s frustrating to watch. The coaches are frustrated. The players are frustrated. The fans are frustrated. I get that. I’m right there with you. Jalen Hurts, at least in 2020, is not the solution to the Eagles problems.
Doug Pederson has no choice but to ride it out with Carson Wentz and pray that Wentz will return to normal at some point this season. Wentz however, will need help from anyone not named Miles Sanders or Richard Rodgers to do so.
Mandatory Credit: USA Today