McNabb: Eagles Could Move On From Carson Wentz

If Wentz doesn't reach the NFC Championship in the next two years, the Eagles should draft another quarterback, Donovan McNabb says

Zach Gelb
April 22, 2019 - 9:08 am
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With Nick Foles in Jacksonville, the Eagles have officially hitched their wagon to Carson Wentz. There’s just one problem: He has suffered season-ending injuries each of the last two years. 

Granted, Wentz has produced when he’s been on the field – 54 touchdowns to 14 interceptions since 2017 – but he hasn’t played a single postseason snap. That needs to change – sooner rather than later.

“I think in the next two years or so, he has to find a way to get out of the second round of the playoffs,” McNabb said on The Zach Gelb Show. “What Nick Foles was able to do, take them to a Super Bowl and then possibly take them back to the NFC Championship proves that, hey, some people can get into that offense and be very successful. (Wentz) hasn’t been healthy. He hasn’t really proven to me – besides the year before he got hurt – (that he’s an) MVP candidate. He needs to get back to that mode.”

In 2017, Wentz completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions before tearing his ACL in a Week 14 win over the Rams.

Foles took over and led the Eagles to the Super Bowl.

“I think, personally, if he can’t get out of the second round in the next two, maybe three, years – but really two years, to be honest with you – if he can’t get out of the second round, they should look to possibly draft another quarterback because you just don’t know about his durability,” McNabb said of Wentz. “Staying healthy is very key in this league, and it really (depends) on the success of the quarterback. The team only goes as far as their quarterback takes them. And they put so much of their eggs in the basket with Carson Wentz, and he’s got to prove that in the next two years.”

If Wentz can stay healthy, McNabb – who led the Eagles to five NFC Championship games in the 2000s – expects big things from Philly in 2019.

“I expect them to win the division,” he said. “If they can win that division, now we want to see how he can play in the playoffs. Remember: he has no playoff wins. That’s how you get measured as a quarterback: your playoff wins and your winning percentage in the regular season. If he can put those together, we’ll be talking about Carson Wentz for the next 10 years or so.”

The Eagles open the season at home against Washington on Sept. 8.

Click below to listen to McNabb's interview in its entirety.