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Bench Carson Wentz? Absolutely Not

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By Max Derringer November 3, 2020 0 Comment
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Carson Wentz played his worst game this season and the calls to bench him are louder than ever. Should the Eagles consider benching their franchise quarterback?

The Eagles are in first place of the truly awful NFC East and just beat their hated rival in the Dallas Cowboys. The Philadelphia Eagles and their fans should be rejoicing right now, instead, most are left with a bitter taste in their mouth and the primary reason is Carson Wentz. Thus far Carson Wentz has had his worst season to date and some are considering whether the Eagles need to bench Wentz and make the Jalen Hurts era official.

To those people, I say this, “Absolutely not!”

This has happened before

The Eagles fanbase and radio stations will be full of negative and toxic takes for the next two weeks, but what many people fail to realize is that Wentz is far from the first franchise quarterback to have an extended stretch of bad play. Many “franchise” quarterbacks have had stretches of poor play that rivals Wentz’ 2020 season.

Instead of putting those quarterbacks on the bench, their teams allowed them the opportunity to rebound from poor starts and some were able to have strong finishes to their seasons. Some of the quarterbacks finished their season poorly as well, but their teams never questioned that they were the right quarterback for the team.

Recent examples of “franchise” quarterbacks include:
Regular Season Per Game
Year     Season     Games     Record     Total Yards     Touchdowns      Turnovers     Passer Rating         Touchdown      Turnover
      Ratio    
Yards     Touchdowns     Turnovers    
Drew Brees 2007 6 10 4-6 2781 15 17 83.4 0.88 278.1 1.50 1.70
Philip Rivers 2012 7 10 2-8 2479 14 19 80.5 0.74 247.9 1.40 1.90
Matthew Stafford 2012 4 16 4-12 5093 24 21 79.8 1.14 318.3 1.50 1.31
Matt Ryan 2011 4 7 4-3 1745 11 11 79.5 1.00 249.3 1.57 1.57
Peyton Manning 2010 13 8 4-4 2342 13 15 78.6 0.87 292.8 1.63 1.88
Matt Ryan 2013 6 9 2-7 2369 11 16 78.1 0.69 263.2 1.22 1.78
Matthew Stafford 2014 6 10 6-4 2657 12 11 77.3 1.09 265.7 1.20 1.10
Ben Roethlisberger 2008 5 9 6-3 1712 11 14 75.4 0.79 190.2 1.22 1.56
Andrew Luck 2015 4 7 2-5 2077 15 13 74.9 1.15 296.7 2.14 1.86
Tom Brady 2013 13 8 6-2 1842 9 7 74.9 1.29 230.3 1.13 0.88
Carson Wentz 2020 5 8 3-4-1 2085 17 16 73.2 1.06 260.6 2.13 2.00
Cam Newton 2016 6 13 5-8 3230 18 13 73.0 1.38 248.5 1.38 1.00
Matthew Stafford 2013 5 7 1-6 1859 10 14 70.0 0.71 265.6 1.43 2.00
Peyton Manning 2007 10 5 3-2 1228 8 10 67.8 0.80 245.6 1.60 2.00
Tony Romo 2012 8 7 2-5 2098 8 16 77.4 0.50 299.7 1.14 2.29

If a team believes they have a franchise quarterback they must allow them to work through their slumps.

There will be adversity along the way and working through it many times makes the quarterback better in the long run and now the Eagles need to let Carson Wentz do the same.

The Eagles have been through this

In fact, this is not the first time in Eagles history where the franchise quarterback struggled for the first half of the season:

Regular Season Per Game
Year     Season     Age    Games    Record    Total Yards    Touchdowns    Turnovers    Passer Rating    Touchdown
    Turnover
      Ratio   
Yards    Touchdowns    Turnovers   
Michael Vick 2012 10 32 10 2-6 2395 11 14 77.7 0.79 239.5 1.10 1.40
Carson Wentz 2020 5 27 8 3-4-1 2085 17 16 73.2 1.06 260.6 2.13 2.00
Donovan McNabb 2003 5 26 8 5-3 1520 4 10 61.5 0.40 190.0 0.50 1.25

In McNabb’s case if the Eagles listened to the fans and media and benched McNabb they would have missed out on three NFC championship games and a Super Bowl run as Mcnabb was able to rebound during the 2003 season and finish with a 15-4 touchdown to turnover ratio and improved his play in future seasons.

What Should the Eagles Do?

Another factor that increases the likelihood the Eagles do not bench Carson Wentz is the fact that he carries a 59 million dead cap hit if the Eagles move on from him.

While the Philadelphia media and many national pundits are also calling Wentz’s time in Philadelphia in question, head coach Doug Pederson has already stated he will not bench Carson Wentz.

Aside from the cap hit and many fans may not want to hear it; everyone should acknowledge that Wentz is not the only person responsible for the offensive futility this season.

This is not to excuse Wentz for his many terrible decisions this year, but Doug Pederson continues to have questionable game plans and even more questionable play-calling, the offensive line continues to be among the worst in the league, and injuries on offense continue to stifle any continuity this team needs.

One year after taking an Eagles team that had no business making the playoffs, Wentz should be afforded the opportunity to play his way through this slump. To say otherwise is the mentality of a loser. To waive the white flag on Wentz is truly laughable.

There are four seasons worth of game tape that shows Wentz is not the player we have seen this season. Wentz will improve, he will learn from this, and he will be a better player because of this.

Is Wentz playing bad this season? Yes. Is Wentz now and will he forever be a bad quarterback? Not even close.

To anyone calling for the Eagles to bench Carson Wentz; be careful what you wish for, you never know what you’ll miss out on.

 

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