The Philadelphia Eagles finally did the inevitable. After rolling with a struggling Carson Wentz for the entire 2020 NFL season, the team has finally decided to pull the plug on starting their veteran.
The situation is extremely unfortunate for the Eagles, considering the contract they just offered to Wentz a season ago. After showing tons of promise during his first four seasons in the NFL, the Eagles decided to reward Wentz with a notable four-year extension worth nearly $130 million.
Then, just a season after Wentz rallied the Eagles to the playoffs, Philly’s front office shocked the football world when they selected Oklahoma’s standout quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 draft.
To no surprise, drafting Hurts created a quarterback controversy the moment Wentz began to struggle. At this point in the season, Wentz has produced some of the worst numbers at the quarterback position.
After 12 games this season, Wentz ranks 19th in total passing yards, 19th in touchdown passes (16 total), first in interceptions thrown (15 total), and has the third-worst passer rating in the entire NFL.
Although Wentz’s play isn’t the sole reason the Eagles are struggling this season, his inability to consistently make plays and avoid turnovers has made the Eagles one of the worst offenses in the NFL.
During last week’s game against the Green Bay Packers, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson elected to roll with Jalen Hurts for a majority of the second half. His intentions were to see if a dual-threat quarterback such as Hurts can issue the Eagles’ offense a spark.
Philly didn’t come out on top with a win, but Hurts’ ability to use his feet to make plays gave the Eagles a different and promising look on offense. So, this week, the Eagles will continue to search for the spark that Hurts brings on offense in hopes of turning the ship around to possibly win the NFC East as the division continues to struggle as a whole.
As for Wentz, he’s going to ride the pine until further notice. It’s unfortunate this where the road has taken him, but the Eagles had no other option but to roll with the young guy who gives the offense a better chance to score points when he’s on the field.