The Eagles should not bench Carson Wentz. It ruins his trade value, it potentially ruins the team’s relationship with him and it is probably the signals the beginning of the end of his time with the team if it happens.
The negative still outweighs the positive.
With that out of the way, there is no denying are some real benefits of putting Wentz on the bench and putting in the team’s second-round pick, Jalen Hurts.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits they would get by benching Wentz and playing Hurts.
Gives the team a spark: This team is broken. The offense is terrible. The season is sinking. Fair or not, benching Jason Peters, switching up the reps at receiver or running jet sweeps won’t change that. They might help, but they aren’t big enough moves to make any serious change to the outcome of this season.
There is really only one move big enough that Doug Pederson and the Eagles team can make to potentially bring this team back to life — and that is a change at quarterback.
Yes, it could backfire. It is possible that Hurts plays worse than Wentz. But we have 10 games of what this team looks like with Wentz. Seeing if Hurts can change things feels like the only chance these last six games turn out any different.
He could be really good: Jalen Hurts was awesome in college. He throws a great deep ball, his accuracy is underrated and he is a legitimate threat to run the ball. He won at the high level of college football with Alabama, then went and did it again with Oklahoma.
Take Wentz drama out of the equation for a second, and the reality is that the Eagles could be sitting on a dynamic, franchise-level quarterback in Hurts who has done nothing but succeed and won at every level of football he has played.
There is only one way to find out what they have in Hurtss, and at 3-6-1, it would sure be nice to know that prior to a critical offseason.
Sets his trade value: When the Eagles drafted Hurts, there was some belief that they did it with the intention of eventually trading him for more than the second-round pick they used to draft him.
Well, it is going to be hard to trade him if he doesn’t play, especially with no pre-season tape on him.
Putting Hurts in allows other teams to get a look at him, and in an ideal world, increase his trade value. The longer Hurts sits, and the more time that ticks off of his rookie deal, the less value he will have in a potential trade.
Getting Hurts reps sets his trade market, a key piece of information for the Eagles to have this offseason.
Gives you an answer on Doug Pederson: It won’t be a huge sample size, but there is value to seeing Pederson and Hurts together.
Is Pederson’s offense really broken? Or does it just look bad because of the quarterback?
Pederson was 10-2 in 12 games he had Nick Foles as his starter. He already has a track record of winning without Wentz. Seeing Pederson potentially do it again with Hurts will give owner Jeffery Lurie more information to decide if it is the quarterback or the head coach.
Potentially saves Carson Wentz: As long as Hurts is on the sideline there will be a large group of fans, media (and players) who will wonder what things would be like if he were in the game. You can say that doesn’t matter, but it does.
Putting Hurts in will give everyone the answer to their curiosity about if Hurts can save the season.
If he doesn’t?
If Hurts comes in and things don’t improve, it will move a large portion of the blame from Wentz to Pederson and Howie Roseman in the eyes of the public, and likely, in the eyes of the owner. Watching things sink with Hurts at quarterback isn’t great for the franchise, but finding out that Wentz isn’t the problem could potentially save his time in Philadelphia.
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