JR SportBrief: Eagles have “failed” Carson Wentz, surrounded him with “trash”

Carson Wentz doesn’t deserve a pass for the Eagles’ poor play, JR SportBrief says, but he’s “not the biggest culprit”

December 01, 2020 - 9:12 am
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The Philadelphia Eagles suffered yet another embarrassing loss Monday night, falling to the Seattle Seahawks 23-17. 

The Eagles, who looked completely inept offensively, scored eight of their 17 points in the final 12 seconds of garbage time. Carson Wentz finished 25-of-45 for 215 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and six sacks, as the Eagles (3-7-1) have now lost three in a row.

JR SportBrief doesn’t quite know what to make of the dumpster fire in Philly.

“It’s not just, ‘Okay, they’re here in prime time. Are they going to lose?’ The question is how are they going to lose?” JR said on CBS Sports Radio. “I got to point the finger at [general manager] Howie Roseman. This is your team. These are the folks that you acquired. This is what you put together. Your quarterback, who’s getting paid $128 million, doesn’t have a damn bit of help, and now he thinks he has to do it all, and he’s regressed. He stinks. And now your own owner doesn’t even want to show up to the games, and he thinks this is a disaster. 

“So yeah, you can win a Super Bowl, and that might buy everybody a little bit of peace,” JR continued, referring to Philadelphia’s victory in Super Bowl LII. “But that Super Bowl victory does not last forever. Carson Wentz, he might have a ring. He might have been a part of the organization. But he didn’t take them there. He didn’t do it. That was [Nick] Foles at the end [who] took them over the hump and got things done.”

After winning the Super Bowl, the Eagles finished 9-7 in both 2018 and 2019, losing in the divisional round and Wild Card round, respectively. They were still a respectable squad.

This year, however, the bottom dropped out. Wentz leads the NFL in sacks (46) and his top pass-catchers are Travis Fulgham (33 catches, 467 yards) and Richard Rodgers (24 catches, 345 yards).

“This Eagles team, when you think about its roster construction, man, as bad as Carson Wentz has been – I don’t want to say I’m giving him a pass – but he’s not the biggest culprit,” JR said. “Because he didn’t build the team around him. He’s not the head coach. The general manager and the head coach have both failed him. You don’t pay a quarterback all that money to put trash around him and just hope that it works out.”

It didn’t help that the Eagles drafted quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round in April. The rookie has 12 rushes and three pass attempts on the season.

“As much as I hope that Jalen Hurts can be a solid quarterback in the NFL, it shouldn’t have been with the Philadelphia Eagles,” JR said. “Carson Wentz should have had somebody out there that would have helped him stand upright. Carson Wentz should be able to go out there and have a weapon that he can deliver the football to. But he doesn’t, and he stinks, and now he’s gone backward as an NFL quarterback. And now you’re stuck paying him and you got no-damn-where to go.”