Whereas a lot of the soccer world waits to see if the Texans will commerce Deshaun Watson, the Eagles are nonetheless desperately looking for a house for Carson Wentz. The Eagles are able to go in a unique route at quarterback and have to do away with Wentz’s $128M contract, however additionally they wish to get worth for a participant who was an MVP candidate solely a pair years in the past. It’s a purchaser’s market on the quarterback, however who desires to purchase?
What started with a flurry of curiosity from numerous groups has now now died down. The Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts seem to the be the final groups prepared to no less than take heed to Philadelphia’s present calls for lengthy after the remainder of the league submitted provides. Whereas we don’t know exactly what the Eagles need, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the team wants “strong compensation.” It looks like Philadelphia would need a first spherical choose and extra for Wentz.
May that occur? Maybe. Ought to it occur? Completely not, until a common supervisor desires to threat his status on a essentially damaged participant who must be rebuilt. Should you guess incorrect on Wentz your profession may properly be over. No common supervisor can conceivably take this threat, soak up Wentz’s contract, provide excessive draft compensation, get it incorrect, and nonetheless maintain their job.
Should you get it proper although, in case you repair the issues and produce again the participant who powered the Eagles’ run to the Tremendous Bowl earlier than Nick Foles completed the job — properly, it could be the largest discount on the place because the Titans landed Ryan Tannehill for peanuts. That’s an attractive gamble for lots of GMs, particularly Bears GM Ryan Tempo who appears to have fallen in love with the thought of buying and selling for Wentz along with his job on the road. Colts GM Chris Ballard can also be seeking to maintain a promising group on an upward trajectory after Philip Rivers’ retirement.
What went incorrect with Wentz final yr? Can he be mounted? These are the issues a franchise must weigh earlier than buying and selling for the QB.
Carson Wentz reportedly has an ego downside
One of many extra mystifying items of knowledge to return out of Philadelphia through the offseason, and subsequent firing of Doug Pederson, was that he and Wentz now not had a very good relationship. From the skin trying in Wentz appeared to have a quiet, mild-mannered demeanor about him, however behind closed doorways this was something however the case.
In a ranging breakdown of Wentz’s regression, the Philadelphia Inquirer painted the picture of a player who had greatness thrust upon him by those around him, and fell for the hype just a little an excessive amount of.
“Each nice quarterback desires to be coached and so they wish to be coached laborious and by one of the best, and it doesn’t look like [Wentz] desires that,” one supply mentioned. “It’s sort of like whoever’s teaching him is working for him. However it could actually’t be that approach.”
Right here was a participant who at 25-years-old was considered because the catalyst in a turnaround for Philadelphia soccer town had been craving for many years. Nick Foles acquired all of the glory ultimately for beating the Patriots, however contained in the group there was no mistaking who the Eagles considered as “their man” for the long run. Foles was traded away to the Jaguars, Wentz would resume the mantle, and the idea, no less than at first, is that the group would choose up the place it left off.
Clearly that didn’t occur. The group started to lose, and whereas it was obvious that Wentz had the relentless, Kind-A persona groups search for in quarterbacks to cause them to wins, he didn’t show the identical willingness to place losses on his shoulders too, even after they had been his fault.
“He doesn’t perceive that he misplaced video games for us,” a veteran participant mentioned. “He won’t ever admit that and that’s an issue as a result of he can’t get it corrected.”
Not solely did Wentz not settle for blame, he wasn’t held accountable for making excuses for poor efficiency. It’s famous that Wentz would normally be proven errors he made within the movie room, solely to shift blame to others and never settle for accountability for his personal failings. To make issues worse, Press Taylor, who was the Eagles quarterback coach on the time (and only some years Wentz’s senior) didn’t maintain him accountable both, permitting the reasons to circulate with out correction.
“For example, there could be a play when he didn’t throw to an open receiver. The learn was drawn up as designed, the protection performed out as anticipated, and he could be requested why he didn’t pull the set off.
And Wentz would say the look wasn’t there, or he would overemphasize the cross rush, and when it was steered the play be run once more in apply as to get it proper, he would object.”
Wentz grew to become conditioned to imagine he was good, as a result of there have been numerous voices within the group telling him he was good. GM Howie Roseman reportedly has an enormous Fathead of Wentz on the wall of his workplace, a shrine to the draft choose he thought he hit a house run on. It’s one factor to be grateful you took a participant you imagine to be the long run, one other solely to venerate them for all to see. On some stage you may’t blame Wentz for considering he was the best factor to grace The Linc, as a result of he was routinely instructed he was.
There’s main on-field issues too.
There’s a constant theme to Wentz’s collapse the place nothing is solely his fault, probably not. It appears hilarious to speak about him not accepting blame, then not foisting all of the blame on him — however this can be a nuanced scenario.
The ego, the unwillingness to be coached, shifting blame. These are signs of an ego run amok. Failing to take care of cross strain on the sphere, making ill-advised throws, not standing tall within the pocket, properly, that’s what occurs if you’re sacked as typically as Wentz was.
Safety grew to become a serious subject for Philadelphia. This was a unit that was by no means spotless, permitting 36 sacks through the 2017 Tremendous Bowl season (sixteenth within the league), however middling was ok when paired with Wentz’s playmaking potential.
Accidents wrecked the left aspect of the road specifically, and with out his blind aspect protected Wentz went down, loads. Patchwork jobs on the road attempting to maintain Wentz up had the alternative impact, and in 2020 the group led the league in sacks allowed with a shocking 65.
The shortcoming to guard Wentz drastically altered his play type, and all of the sudden the once-steady hand that led the Eagles to the Tremendous Bowl was changed with a totally totally different participant. Shedding religion in his safety, you could possibly see Wentz’s eyes drop off his development and verify down the cross rush — whether or not it was there or not. It was an all-consuming concern for the quarterback, and sometimes you could possibly see him verify the push even when safety was ample. Then he would wish to return his eyes to the second stage, relocate his receivers, pausing simply sufficient for the protection to get there if he pressured an ill-advised throw. Typically he would merely miss a lurking security or dropping linebacker.
It’s not a lot that Wentz was afraid to take a success, and extra that he performed like he had no religion within the teammates round him. A minimum of these answerable for cross blocking. I imagine that is the true coronary heart of his issues in 2020, and would additionally clarify why he wouldn’t actually reply questions on him lacking reads. No one desires to be the man who throws his teammates underneath the bus, or lose the respect of these round him. The problem is he didn’t discover ways to put belief again into these gamers, even after they earned it.
By Week 12 the entire collapse of Wentz as an elite quarterback was seen on Monday Evening Soccer. Wentz might have had decrease factors in his season than a 23-17 loss to Seattle, however after throwing 45 instances for a paltry 215 yards, lacking open receivers and being sacked six instances it was clear he was performed. The subsequent week the Eagles made the change to Hurts mid-game, and so ended Wentz’s season.
Are you able to rebuild all this?
It is a scenario the place we’re not simply speaking a few small hitch in Wentz’s recreation, or a minor subject that may be ironed out, however a participant who must be damaged down and constructed again up, each bodily and mentally.
Wentz’s newfound propensity to verify the cross rush must be erased, and he must be prepared to belief the offensive line. That’s a troublesome prospect contemplating this might be a brand new group, with a brand new set of gamers to mesh with. The saving grace, nonetheless, is that each Chicago, and Indianapolis, who’re rumored to be the front-runners for Wentz, have pretty stable offensive strains. The Colts allowed 21 sacks this season, partially attributable to Philip Rivers’ unnatural launch velocity and really feel for strain, but in addition a testomony to their expertise. The Bears allowed 36 this season, markedly worse, however the unit appeared to enhance as a complete because the season went on.
Both touchdown spot would give Wentz way more to work with in relation to safety than he acquired from Philadelphia, however getting him to a degree the place he trusts standing within the pocket understanding these guys have his again, that could be one other story.
It is a mechanical concern, however one I believe is fixable. It’s not like Wentz is inherently afraid of contact the best way you noticed David Carr or Jimmy Clausen turn out to be gun shy. It may be corrected with time and bonding.
The far higher concern as I see it’s the ego points. Each participant ought to imagine they’re one of the best, as a result of it’s the gas athletes have to succeed — however when that steps over the road to believing there’s nothing to be taught, or every part is another person’s fault, that’s far worse. I don’t understand how a training employees can have a sensible expectation they’ll “repair” Wentz when there’s proof from inside his present group that he doesn’t suppose something wants to be mounted. That lack of humility won’t be coddled by coaches who didn’t draft him, or a common supervisor worshipping the bottom he walks on.
This leaves us with an enormous conundrum. Carson Wentz has been statistically good for 3 stable years of his profession, and a dumpster fireplace in 2020. Typical knowledge would say this implies final season was an outlier, and there’s one thing to work with — nevertheless it carries a colossal threat. Wentz is on a contract that can make him the 4th highest paid quarterback within the league in 2021, with a cap hit of $34.7M. He’ll make greater than Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, or Russell Wilson. Framed this manner the thought of taking a flier on a participant who must be mounted is completely ridiculous, however the attract and the promise Wentz can return to kind will likely be far too nice for somebody to cross up.
Whether or not that’s the Bears, the Colts, or another person, they are going to be going all in on a hand with out even understanding the playing cards they’re holding. That ought to completely terrify any fan of a group all for making a critical run at Wentz.