What’s happening with Carson Wentz down in the City of Brotherly Love (which is one of the all-time inaccurate nicknames based on what we know about the area) is peculiar, to say the least.
The Philadelphia Eagles — who are still very much in the hunt for the playoffs as they’re only one game out of first place in the pathetic NFC East — are one of the most injured teams in the league, at least on the offensive side of the ball. They signed Jay Ajayi off the street and their best receiver is their tight end. The offensive line is as protective as a cheap apartment chain lock.
And yet, despite all this, the focus of Eagles fans’ outrage seems to be focused on Carson Wentz. Yes, he’s playing like absolute shit recently, but he’s far from the only reason the Eagles currently find themselves a game below .500.
Just two years ago — you know, the year they won the Super Bowl — Carson Wentz was an MVP candidate leading the best team in football. Now, he’s become what so many Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks have been before him: scapegoats. Y’all remember what they did to Donovan McNabb. As they say, life comes at you fast.
Still, mark my words: in four or five weeks, when the Eagles — who have arguably the league’s easiest schedule down the stretch as they play the Dolphins, the Giants (twice), the Redskins, and the Cowboys — are on the verge of winning the NFC (L)East, Philly fans will be singing a much different tune about their beloved ginger hero.
Eric is a New York City-based writer who still isn’t quite sure how he’s allowed to have this much fun for a living and will tell anyone who listens that Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @eric_ital for movie and soccer takes or contact him firstname.lastname@example.org