As I type this, there are hundreds of Philly residents watching the Philly Special on loop while sobbing into a Nick Foles Jersey as Blink-182’s ‘Miss You’ plays softly in the background.
Carson Wentz has not done much to establish himself as a quarterback worthy of shipping out a Super Bowl winner, and Sunday’s miserable outing against the Seahawks provided another data point.
Just one week after Wentz had a 74.4 passer rating against the Patriots, (his worst of his 50 career starts in which he didn’t throw an interception), the 26-year-old lost two fumbles, threw two interceptions, and took three sacks in a 17-9 home loss to the Eagles, dropping Philly to 5-6 on the year and providing laughable optics like this.
While people like Michael Vick are claiming that Wentz will “fail” in Philadelphia because Foles set the bar so high, ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky claims the burden of the under-achieving Eagles should be put on the shoulders of the receivers.
Orlovsky, who played 12 seasons as an NFL journeyman, has become a credible analyst for pointing out the intricacies of the game. After breaking down the Eagles receivers perpetual failure to grasp the technical details, I am convinced the Eagles offensive woes go far beyond Wentz.
It is no small thing that the was offense playing without their top three wide receivers (Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor), their leading rusher in Jordan Howard, and their top two offensive linemen (Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks).
Entering Sunday’s game, the Eagles four receivers had combined for 14 receptions, 174 yards, and no touchdowns through Week 11. On Sunday, the the Eagles managed just three points (save for a garbage time touchdown) against a 24th-ranked Seahawks defense.
After the loss, Carson put the blame squarely on himself.
“I just have to own those. I missed a few and there’s no excuses. I just missed them.” […] “I missed them. I missed the throw. I have to do better. There’s no excuses. It wasn’t the wind, it wasn’t the – it was nothing. I have to do better.”
Carson does need to do better. But I do not envy any quarterback throwing to dudes who would fight for a starting spot on my coed flag football team.