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Doug Pederson: Carson Wentz handling things like a 10-year vet

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 19, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Carson Wentz era is off to a very good start in Philadelphia.

The Eagles are 2-0 after Monday night’s 29-14 win in Chicago and Wentz’s play has helped them to both victories. Wentz was 21-of-34 for 190 yards and a touchdown (he might have had another one if Jordan Matthews caught a pass near the end zone with seconds to play in the first half) against the Bears and didn’t turn the ball over for the second straight week, something coach Doug Pederson noted when discussing the maturity that Wentz has shown in the first weeks of his career.

“I thought he played well,” Pederson said. “Obviously, well enough to win. Again, he took care of the football, stood in there and made some nice, tough throws. Was it perfect? By no means was it perfect. At the same time, he’s seeing things really well. He’s commanding the huddle and the dialogue along the sideline with players and coaches with him is something that a nine, 10-year vet would do. It’s just shown his maturity and the ability that he has to play quarterback.”

There are areas where the Eagles want to see Wentz show a bit more veteran-like savvy, notably getting out of bounds or throwing a ball away rather than take an unnecessary hit. Pederson said that the Eagles “just need him to protect himself” and it’s easy to understand why the team wouldn’t want anything to interrupt what’s been a successful transition to the big leagues thus far.

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73 Responses to “Doug Pederson: Carson Wentz handling things like a 10-year vet”
  1. Heimtime21 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:43 AM

    He has faced the Browns and the Bears. Lets all calm down here….

  2. 61veloce says: Sep 20, 2016 9:44 AM

    This kid is really good. REALLY good. REALLY REALLY good. Thank you Howie for getting this guy, and thank you Cleveland for giving him up!

  3. thetooloftools says: Sep 20, 2016 9:45 AM

    Yet the Browns (0-2) said he wouldn’t have been a good fit. They are right, he’s a winner (2-0).

  4. therealraider says: Sep 20, 2016 9:46 AM

    Imagine when he’s really a 10 year vet, he’ll be handling things like a 100 year vet!!

  5. audient says: Sep 20, 2016 9:47 AM

    Not top 20 QB, right?

  6. therealtrenches says: Sep 20, 2016 9:48 AM

    Eagles fan since the Roman Gabriel era here.

    I love the way Wentz is playing. How could I not?

    But it’s only week 2 and the praise they’re heaping on this kid is already fatiguing.

    Just let him play.

  7. sportoficionado says: Sep 20, 2016 9:51 AM

    I once saw Doug pull a giant booger out of his nose and eat it, he ATE IT!..forgive me if I’m skeptical and really don’t take this man seriously.

  8. Seprix says: Sep 20, 2016 9:53 AM

    Carson Wentz looks great. I do want to see him play a better defensive team, but he’s doing pretty great so far! It’s only two games, but these regular season performances by Carson Wentz means a whole lot more than the preseason fireworks Dak Prescott had.

  9. mazenblue says: Sep 20, 2016 9:53 AM

    “Yet the Browns (0-2) said he wouldn’t have been a good fit. They are right, he’s a winner (2-0).”

    Thats too funny to not read it again.

  10. captainstabbins says: Sep 20, 2016 9:53 AM

    He has looked great. Let’s see what he does against Pittsburgh.

  11. flavordave says: Sep 20, 2016 9:57 AM

    THANK YOU CLEVELAND!

    – Eagles fans

  12. backintheday99 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:59 AM

    Every year it’s the 50-50 on QB’s.

    I’ll place my bet on Wentz vs. the guy on Hard Knocks who looked like a freshman frat boy.

  13. factschecker says: Sep 20, 2016 10:00 AM

    I didn’t think the kid could play. I thought he starred down his WR’s too much at NDS. And he also seemed to struggle to remain healthy.

    I was wrong.

    Commence throttling me with rotten vegetables. (Oh and batteries being Philly and all)

    Ho Ho Hooo.

  14. eagleswin says: Sep 20, 2016 10:00 AM

    The kid showed alot of poise in the pocket and hopefully he will keep progressing.

    I do like his first instinct isn’t to run but that he can when he needs to.

    One thing he absolutely needs to learn though is how to protect himself when he takes off and runs. If he doesn’t learn to protect himself the progress he’s shown in the pocket won’t matter as he’ll be on IR eventually.

  15. iammrbinky says: Sep 20, 2016 10:01 AM

    He shows potential but keep in mind it was the Bears and Browns defenses he faced. Not saying he’s going to fail but it’s not uncommon for a rookie to start strong but fall back once defenses figure him out. Also, the dink and dunk only goes so far. He needs to connect downfield to open up the underneath in both the passing and running game.

    Cleveland will regret choosing RGME over him.

  16. kcflake says: Sep 20, 2016 10:03 AM

    You Know, Jared Goff, RG3, Carson Wentz, same thing I guess. lol. Not a fan of any of those teams, but I am amazed the Rams and Browns passed on getting Wentz. I guess some teams with perennially bad qb situations are that way for a reason.

  17. bobbyhoying says: Sep 20, 2016 10:04 AM

    Reality will set in when the play the Steelers. Carson played well but the Bears were horrible as were the Browns. He may be the next Brady or he may be the next RG III. Time will tell.

  18. jag1959 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:06 AM

    Even though the matchup was far from appealing I watched last night because I wanted to get a good look at Wentz to see what the Eagles had in him. No wonder Philly fans are excited, he looked pretty seasoned and comfortable. Sad to see that’s a lot more than anyone could say about Chicago, hard to believe that’s a John Fox team. Had to turn off the sound though. At his best Gruden is obnoxious but as good as Wentz looked Gruden’s non stop pumping of his tires was nauseating.

    bspn truly sucks.

  19. benfranklinshat says: Sep 20, 2016 10:08 AM

    So far so good. Steelers will be a test.
    Go Wentz! Go Birds!

  20. eagleswin says: Sep 20, 2016 10:09 AM

    thetooloftools says:
    Sep 20, 2016 9:45 AM
    Yet the Browns (0-2) said he wouldn’t have been a good fit. They are right, he’s a winner (2-0).

    ——————————-

    I read an article yesterday that said many of the Browns veteren scouts liked Wentz better than Goff which caused friction with the braintrust who did not view him highly. As a result the scouts were fired before the draft.

  21. pourman says: Sep 20, 2016 10:11 AM

    Really promising. Steelers will be a good reality check. Someone please teach the kid to slide. Love the fight for every yard mentality, but those hits will add up quickly.

  22. godhatescleveland says: Sep 20, 2016 10:14 AM

    It could be worse fellow Cleveland Fans. Pederson could have said he is playing like an 11 year vet. Honestly, Wentz wouldn’t be playing this good if he was on Cleveland. Cleveland’s supporting cast right now might be worse than what Tim Couch had in 1999. But Wentz is 2-0 and has played really well. Hat’s off to Philly.

  23. audient says: Sep 20, 2016 10:17 AM

    sportoficionado says:
    Sep 20, 2016 9:51 AM
    I once saw Doug pull a giant booger out of his nose and eat it, he ATE IT!..forgive me if I’m skeptical and really don’t take this man seriously.

    If he can eat wiz wit, he can eat anything. Eagles!

  24. leroyquimby says: Sep 20, 2016 10:17 AM

    So for people who keep saying well he only beat the Browns and the Bears, you realize his biggest game before this was against University of Montana?

  25. gerard33 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:18 AM

    Next on the agenda: learn to minimize contact at the end of the play! He will.

  26. famundacheese says: Sep 20, 2016 10:18 AM

    He has played well so far, but definitely needs a talent upgrade around him. Pittsburgh is a much better team than either they played. It should be fun to watch. The battle of Wentzylvania

  27. tonebones says: Sep 20, 2016 10:20 AM

    Wentz really didn’t even have a pre-season. He’s played against two bad teams, but his mental game looks awesome. He’ll get better.

  28. finchy74 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:20 AM

    I gotta say Iggles fans, this kid impresses the heck out of me. Looks like you got yourselves a keeper.

  29. xavier179 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:24 AM

    Sure he is Doug, whatever you say.

  30. headwoundharry says: Sep 20, 2016 10:24 AM

    Congrats to the Eagles! New HC, exciting young qb, that is the foundation of your future.

  31. jmac1013 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:25 AM

    Heimtime21 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 9:43 AM
    He has faced the Browns and the Bears. Lets all calm down here….
    ================================
    That’s fair. But, if you’ve watched the games, it’s clear that Wentz can play. He’s calm, doesn’t have happy feet, reads defenses, makes the correct call, and is making the correct throws.

    I don’t care about the Eagles’ record per se. I care that the Eagles have their “franchise” QB.

  32. MiamiDolphinsNation says: Sep 20, 2016 10:27 AM

    Congrats Eagles fans, you hit the jackpot with Wentz and got a great bonus trading Bratford for a #1 pick.
    Talk about hitting the lotto twice!

  33. haughville says: Sep 20, 2016 10:29 AM

    You have to wonder if the Rams want a mulligan.

  34. phillycheez says: Sep 20, 2016 10:31 AM

    Great start, long way to go. You have to be impressed with the way he’s handled the offense, no turnovers and very good accuracy on his throws. Sunday will be a bit more telling and interesting to see how he handles a very good team.

    I for one, am impressed with him so far. A lot of credit goes to the coaching staff…Pederson, Reich and DiFilippo are really bringing him along nicely.

    Makes me wonder if/how things would be different if Chip Kelly was still coaching the team.

    FLY EAGLES FLY!

  35. Youknowimright says: Sep 20, 2016 10:34 AM

    Very little tape on him and this new eagles offenese. Kelly was pretty good and everyone in philly loved him. Until they didnt.

    Philly likes to make people better than they really are because they have very little else to hold onto but these ridiculous sports teams. Relax Philly it is just football. Nothing changes if the eagles win the sb. You don’t get a raise or any extra time off of work. Just chill.

  36. laces out says: Sep 20, 2016 10:40 AM

    kcflake says:
    Sep 20, 2016 10:03 AM

    You Know, Jared Goff, RG3, Carson Wentz, same thing I guess. lol. Not a fan of any of those teams, but I am amazed the Rams and Browns passed on getting Wentz. I guess some teams with perennially bad qb situations are that way for a reason.

    ——————————————-

    to be fair, it’s not like they should regret passing on RG3 and Mark Sanchez

  37. arpy911 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:41 AM

    I don’t know, should we even bother playing out the season or just give the kid his ring and Super Bowl MVP title?

  38. scrap7681 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:43 AM

    Pederson’s a fool. He’s already lost the locker room.

  39. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 20, 2016 10:49 AM

    Just wait until he starts talking about his faith, he will get the Tebow treatment faster than he can say Amen.

  40. richiethegreek says: Sep 20, 2016 10:52 AM

    There a lot people saying not to rush to judgment (mostly jealous rivals) on Carson Wentz. They are right. Which is why these same people are morons for rushing to conclude that this kid is a bust and the trade was a terrible one for the Eagles, five minutes after it happened.

  41. mcwest1 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:54 AM

    Yes, it’s been only the Browns and Bears. But. Horton and Fangio are well respected defensive coordinators around the NFL. Wentz has been making the correct audibles and reads against those defensive alignments.

  42. jmc8888 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:58 AM

    Who knows if Wentz is the real deal, but he’s starting off really nice.

    Meanwhile the smartest guys in the room in Cleveland are about to start Cody Kessler, who is a 3rd round pick, but only because they drafted him. Otherwise he could of been an UDFA.

    Hue wanted RGIII
    Sashi wanted Kessler

    No one wanted their best QB Josh McCown to play. But because RGIII sucks, doesn’t know how to protect himself, and he these morons in Cleveland put him behind the line they purposefully decimated, he didn’t last. What a shock!

    Then, while he wasn’t injured, McCown showed up Hue and Sashi for being morons for judging talent.

    Of course Alex Mack used to man the position that would of blocked the guy who injured McCown, but let’s face it, the Browns suck at evaluating talent…. and let him go.

    Which is why they don’t have Wentz to begin with. Because they passed on him.

    Now maybe Wentz doesn’t turn out great. But it was clear he had skills, and when you are holding that golden ticket, you have to see whats inside the wonka factory.

    See a pattern? It’s not bad luck. It’s bad decision making. New regime same or worse than the old.

    Poor Browns fans.

  43. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 20, 2016 11:02 AM

    I don’t see the iggles ever losing another game in the Wentz era !

  44. shaggytoodle says: Sep 20, 2016 11:07 AM

    While he has been efficient and fun to watch, Eagles and Wentz fans will learn a bit more about him this weekend.

    I feel that the Steelers will be able to score, and could cause a “Shootout” situation or style game, and I would REALLY like to see how handles it, that along with the Steelers defense.

  45. famundacheese says: Sep 20, 2016 11:08 AM

    No one is putting anyone in the superbowl. There is talent upgrades needed on the o-line(what is going on with Kelce), RB, and WR. All the teams in the east (minus the Giants) can sit around talking about the glory days with Grandpa. We are going to look to the future. Get your shades, its pretty bright

  46. winged warrior says: Sep 20, 2016 11:23 AM

    bobbyhoying says:
    Sep 20, 2016 10:04 AM
    Reality will set in when the play the Steelers. Carson played well but the Bears were horrible as were the Browns. He may be the next Brady or he may be the next RG III. Time will tell.
    …………………………………………………………..
    all you have to do to see that he is special is watch him from when they break the huddle until the ball is snapped.

  47. stupidusername says: Sep 20, 2016 11:26 AM

    “It was only vs the Browns defense.” Yeah I mean, a better QB like a super bowl champ would destroy such a defense.

    “It was only the Bears defense.” But I was told the Bears are an actual NFL team, unlike Cleveland…

    “Wait until they play the Steelers…” No one is calling for a Super Bowl. The Steelers are a great team that will contend for the Super Bowl. The Eagles QB is playing in his 3rd game. Utterly ridiculous to think he won’t be a great QB if he loses this week. A lot more for the Steelers to lose this week.

  48. jjackwagon says: Sep 20, 2016 11:28 AM

    He has looked good against poor competition. If they win more than 6 this year I will be surprised. And that would be a decent year for a rookie QB.

  49. crewchief15 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:34 AM

    It’s only two games, but these regular season performances by Carson Wentz means a whole lot more than the preseason fireworks Dak Prescott had.
    ————————
    Dak is actually playing Div games against much better teams, and seems to look better then Wentz. We’ll see how Wentz holds up in the Div, but not a bad start against a cupcake schedule (so far)…

  50. rhf123 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:34 AM

    He’s still a rookie. For what it’s worth, he looked better than Osweiler looked against the same defense a week ago (at home)

  51. crewchief15 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:38 AM

    famundacheese says: We are going to look to the future. Get your shades, its pretty bright


    Where have we heard this before (Chip Kelly, Dream Team) face it the eagle are always looking to the future, they have nothing else…

  52. mynameiscoopermanning says: Sep 20, 2016 11:40 AM

    As a Giants fan, I want him to do bad, but he looks extremely poised and confident. That being said, I hope Vernon, Hankins, Snacks and JPP crush the kid in November.

  53. 6250claimer says: Sep 20, 2016 11:42 AM

    When will these GMs learn? It’s 2005 all over again. Then it was Alex Smith or Aaron Rogers. 49ers had first pick, went with Smith – despite the fact that Rogers played in a pro style offense, while Smith had never stood under center and played in a gimmick offense. Guess which one wasn’t ready to play straight out of school? Same situation all over again with Goff vs Wentz. Goff can’t even get onto the field, Wentz looks WAY ahead of the curve and like a future great. It’s not that complicated fellas, the average drunk PFT reader could have made the right choice here. Rams “braintrust” should be driving a Budweiser truck.

  54. richardmswartz says: Sep 20, 2016 11:47 AM

    I like his smarts, his poise and his arm, but his receivers are the drop squad. Pittsburgh is gonna take away the short passes and even if Wentz continues to make the proper reads and maintains his accuracy, the receivers are going to let him down. It’s important to recognize this now as he’s gonna look pedestrian on Sunday. This is not a knock on Wentz, he kid needs real weapons.

  55. autoriot says: Sep 20, 2016 12:04 PM

    I am guessing that Florio and MDS are going to pick the Eagles to lose this week too and be all like “NOWWWWW the real test comes, for the rookie QB, as the Steelers come to town…”

    These guys! *smh*

  56. famundacheese says: Sep 20, 2016 12:04 PM

    Dak has played well against better competition? How would you even know that yet? Dak is a good prospect. He has one of the better o lines in football. Better WRs, better RBs, Comparable at tight end.
    The Giants went down to the wire with the Saints and Washington couldn’t stop a running faucet.

  57. 23rdusernameused says: Sep 20, 2016 12:16 PM

    Absolutely the biggest thing he needs to work on…

    “There are areas where the Eagles want to see Wentz show a bit more veteran-like savvy, notably getting out of bounds or throwing a ball away rather than take an unnecessary hit. Pederson said that the Eagles “just need him to protect himself”

    BE SAFE, NOT STUPID, ABOUT HITS CARSON!!

  58. crewchief15 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:35 PM

    famundacheese says: Dak has played well against better competition? How would you even know that yet? He has one of the better o lines in football. Better WRs, better RBs, Comparable at tight end.
    ————
    Dude everyone but a homers know how bad the Browns and Bears are- Stop. Do honestly believe the Browns and Bears are better than Giants and Washington???You’re right though the Cowboys are a better team than the eagles.

  59. goodellisagoner says: Sep 20, 2016 12:52 PM

    Wait until he plays a good team before you put him in the Hall Of
    Fame.

  60. bigblue00 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:56 PM

    Thanks Rookie Coach that nobody wanted.

  61. craigruby20 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:03 PM

    Hue Jackson is a good offensive mind and Wentz would thrive under him. Jackson’s Achilles heel is his arrogance which is why they passed on Wentz because Hue “knew” he could fix RGIII. He probably also saw Goff’s “pretty ball” and figured he could take the raw material and make it great. Arrogance.

  62. famundacheese says: Sep 20, 2016 1:22 PM

    Offensively they are better. I wouldn’t argue that. The only team that has played a good team is Washington and they got pounded. There isn’t a team in the league that fears that Dallas defense or Sean Lee and a bunch of guys, whatever you want to call them.

  63. cav2ya says: Sep 20, 2016 1:34 PM

    It funny, but after the win against the Browns, all the analysts and posers on here said, “Wait till Carson plays against the Bears, then we’ll see how good he is”.

    Well, he picked them apart. And yet, now everybody’s saying, “he hasn’t played a good team yet, wait till he plays the Steelers” .

    He is for real, and much better than any other rookie QB in the league. Yes YOU Dak Prescot & Cowboys fans..

  64. jvw1982 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:50 PM

    Sorry not on the bandwagon yet, he looked great against the Browns and Bears…..lets wait and see what happens when he gets to face Pitt, Viking, Giants and Seahawks coming up…..

  65. fcox91 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:58 PM

    crewchief15 says:
    Dak is actually playing Div games against much better teams, and seems to look better then Wentz. We’ll see how Wentz holds up in the Div, but not a bad start against a cupcake schedule (so far)…
    ————————————-

    Is that with the whopping 0 TD passes?

  66. sguy2130 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:29 PM

    Does that mean he’s hit his ceiling?

    He’s been good so far no doubt, we’ll see how this plays out in the long run. Too early to judge one way or the other. Nothing to be discouraged about yet of course, looking good if you are an Eagles fan.

  67. 49tinakane says: Sep 20, 2016 2:38 PM

    Im sorry I dont see what all the talk is about. So hes not turning the ball over great, his longest past is 35 yards….Its check down city. Yards per attempt-27th, yards per game 26th, total yards passed for 23rd, passer rating 15th..but hes the most telling stat, if your dumping the ball off left and right, how are you only 24th in completion %. Great i get it, new shiny toy, but lets give him a full season to see where hes at, because if his team wasnt 2-0, we wouldnt hear a peep about his play as its very average.

  68. Ron Jull says: Sep 20, 2016 4:03 PM

    Wentz has looked great so far. Tough test coming Sunday vs the Steelers.

  69. Ron Jull says: Sep 20, 2016 4:04 PM

    I agree, two games is a pretty small sample. Especially when one was against the Cleveland Clowns.

  70. Ron Jull says: Sep 20, 2016 4:05 PM

    Giants and Skins defences are comparable to the Browns and Bears, all garbage.

  71. Ron Jull says: Sep 20, 2016 4:06 PM

    Needs to learn how to sliiiiiiiiiiiiiiide!!!!

  72. kjdoyle58 says: Sep 20, 2016 4:07 PM

    doesn’t really have to be either/or situation between Wentz and Goff…Winston and Mariota look to be decent QB’s…i’d be more concerned about the Offensive staff I was playing for and in that regard Wentz is the clear winner. Being a Ram fan I was disappointed the Rams didn’t take Wentz because if nothing else, he looks durable…Goff looks too much like Sam Bradford…frail…you just know he’s going to go down and not get up, it’s just a matter of time once he hits the field.

  73. Ron Jull says: Sep 20, 2016 4:07 PM

    Thanks Jerry Jones.

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