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2021 is a Make or Break Year for Carson Wentz

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By Max Derringer November 24, 2020 0 Comment
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Even in a historically bad NFC East, the 2020 season is over for the Eagles, and focus should be on the 2021 season in what is a make or break season for Carson Wentz.

The Eagles have been an embarrassing failure at every level this season. From the roster construction general manager Howie Roseman has put together, to the poor play-calling from head coach Doug Pederson, and the abysmal play of quarterback Carson Wentz.

All three have a hand in this disaster of a season for the Eagles.

While this season is over and done with, the Eagles have one focus for this upcoming off-season: Fix Carson Wentz.

Why stick with Carson Wentz?

Most people would question why even entertain trying to fix a quarterback who has been among the worst in the NFL in 2020.

Firstly, the Eagles are contractually tied to him for the 2021 season and can’t really move on due to their cap situation.

Secondly, Wentz was once an MVP candidate and quality starter during the 2018-2019 seasons contrary to popular belief.

The Eagles need to see if they can get that guy back or if the Carson Wentz era should end in Philly.

To answer that the Eagles need to do everything they can to set Carson Wentz up for success in the 2021 season. If Wentz should fail again the team can move on from him and hand the team over to Jalen Hurts.

What needs to change?

To know what needs to change, the Eagles need to understand why Wentz is struggling. Is Wentz’s regression due to his play or is the constant lack of supporting cast and questionable play-calling more to blame?

Even if it requires organizational changes the Eagles need to do it.

This is not to say the Eagles should fire head coach Doug Pederson. What is apparent, however, is that the Eagles should bring in someone else to call plays.

Eagles fans have been enraged by Pederson’s constant head-scratching play-calling. In this week’s loss to the Browns, Pederson kept dialing up screens for a career 8.0 yards per reception wide receiver in Greg Ward rather than their first round pick Jalen Reagor, who was drafted for his speed.

Recent examples of once written-off quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill, Derek Carr, and Josh Allen have shown that quarterback play can be improved immensely if the right person is calling the plays on offense.

Aside from Doug Pederson, general manager Howie Roseman must be better at roster construction. Roseman has notoriously passed on elite wide receiver talents such as D.K. Metcalf and Justin Jefferson. Roseman also committed large salaries to free agents at positions of strength instead of investing in areas of weakness. This past off-season Roseman stated numerous times his primary objective was to add play-makers for Wentz. Roseman failed in that regard as all he did was draft rookie receivers in a shortened off-season. If Roseman wants a blueprint on how to build around a quarterback he should look at the Bills and Cardinals.

Wentz is not without blame as he has missed reads and turned the football over at an alarming rate. Wentz’s issues are not only because of just bad coaching or sub-par drafting. Those issues certainly don’t help but Wentz is playing poorly on his own. This offseason he needs to come up with answers as to why he isn’t performing to franchise quarterback standards or he will be out of a job.

Conclusion

Wentz does have the talent and has shown that he can be a quarterback a team could win with. That is not easy to find in the NFL and the Eagles need to come out of the 2021 season with a clear answer to their quarterback dilemma.

If that means moving on from a Super Bowl-winning head coach or general manager then so be it.

Whatever the Eagles decide to do this off-season one thing is clear; 2021 will be a make or break year for Carson Wentz.

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