Nothing is going right for Carson Wentz right now. It’s not hyperbole to say Wentz has been one of the worst starting quarterbacks in football this year—it’s factual. Nobody has been sacked more frequently (46 times) or committed more turnovers (19) than Wentz, who also ranks among the league’s bottom three in passer rating (73.4), yards per attempt (6.0) and completion percentage (58.1).
While there’s plenty of blame to go around for Philadelphia’s ugly 3-7-1 record (a beat-up O line hasn’t helped, nor have the team’s depressingly vanilla play calls), the time has come for Wentz to look in the mirror and realize that if the Eagles are going to turn their season around, he’ll need to play a hell of a lot better than he has the past 11 games. To Wentz’s credit, the 27-year-old appears to be taking ownership of his poor performance, acknowledging his role in the Eagles’ offensive woes while addressing his teammates earlier this week. Wentz’s heartfelt message seems to have struck a chord with Brandon Graham and others admiring the quarterback’s passion.
“The first step is admitting where you're bad at and that's what I love that Carson did,” said Graham in comments to ESPN’s Tim McManus. “He knew he had to own some of the stuff that he's been doing and he let us know that he's working his butt off to make sure that he starts doing a lot of stuff better. And that's all people want to hear is for you to take ownership of yours and we can move on.”
Wentz’s leadership has occasionally been called into question, including by his own coach Doug Pederson, who admitted back in 2019 that the former second overall pick needed to be “more accessible.” Like Graham, Pederson was glad to see Wentz hold himself accountable for the team’s struggles. “He understands that he needs to play better. And for him to stand up and take ownership with the team and quite frankly show vulnerability I think is a sign of growth,” said Pederson, who knows what it’s like to have critics calling for your head. “It was good to see.”
The Eagles are still, as Pulp Fiction’s Marsellus Wallace might say, pretty [blanking] far from okay. But cultivating goodwill within the locker room is an important first step for Wentz as he looks to salvage the Eagles’ season. That mission begins Sunday at Green Bay.