A common question (and complaint) each week throughout this frustrating Eagles season has been why Carson Wentz isn’t rolling out of the pocket more.
On Monday, following his team’s loss to the Cleveland Browns, head Coach Doug Pederson was asked to explain why Wentz isn’t being moved out of the pocket more.
Is it scheme? The defense? Something Carson Wentz doesn’t like?
The answer seemed to be none-of-the-above.
“Probably the No. 1 thing is just me calling it more, honestly,” Pederson said. “We have success in the running game for the first half and my plan going into the second half was to get him out of the pocket, especially on 1st-and-10 situations to do that.”
But while Pederson did take the blame for Wentz not being moved around more, he also mentioned that — at least on Sunday — some of the movement plays he called were changed at the line of scrimmage.
“In this game plan we had the movement throws also kill to a run check, built into the game plan, based on what the defense gave us. Some of that came up where we got to the run as opposed to the quarterback movement,” Pederson said. “But honestly it is probably more just me calling them.”
Pederson taking the blame is certainly admirable, but it isn’t going to help him in the eyes of the fans who are made Wentz isn’t being rolled out more, and believe Pederson's job should be on the line.
The question is whether those who want Wentz moved out of the pocket more consistently are correct.
Here is a look at Wentz’s numbers out of the pocket this season:
While those numbers are not exclusively on designed roll outs, and include broken plays, they do not paint a picture of a dominant quarterback out of the pocket.
Could Wentz be moved around more? Sure. In an offense where nothing is working, doing the same thing week-after-week is — as some might say — the definition of insanity.
The bottom line though is that there isn’t an offense in the NFL right now that could win with a quarterback who is inaccurate, making poor decisions and turning it over at an alarming rate — something no amount of rollouts will change.