Carson Wentz: Eagles can go worst to first in NFC East

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The Eagles faded fast last season after their 3-0 start, losing nine of their next 11 games.

But quarterback Carson Wentz is confident that they can turn things around and win the NFC East.

Via Dave Zangaro of CSNPhilly.com, the Eagles second-year quarterback said during an interview on WIP they can replace the Cowboys atop the division.

“We have high expectations around here,” Wentz said. “We hope and we expect to be playing into January and then to see what happens. I think that’s the biggest thing. Our goal is to win the NFC East and we believe we have the guys to do it.

“We just have to now go put the work in and go make things happen. We have high expectations, . . . 7-9 is never good enough. I never want to be done after the regular season again. That doesn’t sit well with me and it never will. We definitely have high expectations to be playing into January and then hopefully get hot and see what happens.”

The Eagles added wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith this offseason, along with running back LeGarrette Blount. And after missing tackle Lane Johnson most of last year because of a PED suspension, the line should stabilize in front of Wentz, which could allow the improvement he expects.

“We went out and have a couple new additions and everything,” Wentz said. “It’s been fun. Honestly, it’s been fun just to get to work with them. Last year, obviously this time of year, I was working with a lot of the third-team guys. It’s just been fun to have a whole offseason under my belt now as we’re, I think, 10 days away from camp. Just getting the opportunity to get the team reps.

“You can throw routes on air and do all those things you want, but the spring, getting those team reps, those valuable reps with a lot of the guys, the new rookie guys, the free agents that we signed and everything in-between. I’m really liking where we’re at and it’s still a process, it’s still a process, but training camp is right around the corner and honestly, I can’t wait to get back there.”

Of course, much of the burden is going to fall on Wentz himself to improve after a rookie season which included some bright spots. They gave up plenty of draft currency to get to him, but made up for that by dipping into the veteran free agent market.

40 responses to “Carson Wentz: Eagles can go worst to first in NFC East

  1. As a close friend of the organization I wouldn’t hold my breath. They have a nice roster going for sure but they have an extremely difficult schedule next season

  2. Just remeember…

    Tim Tebow CAREER NFL Statistics:

    17 td – 9 int – 15 fumbles

    8 wins – 6 losses

    – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Carson Wentz CAREER NFL Statistics:

    16 td – 14 int – 14 fumbles

    7 wins – 9 losses

  3. doctorrustbelt says:
    Jul 14, 2017 10:24 AM
    Just remeember…

    Tim Tebow CAREER NFL Statistics:

    17 td – 9 int – 15 fumbles

    8 wins – 6 losses

    – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Carson Wentz CAREER NFL Statistics:

    16 td – 14 int – 14 fumbles

    7 wins – 9 losses

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    A perfect example of why stats don’t tell the whole story. Tebow’s wins came with an absolutely dominant Broncos D and run game. Anybody who had ever watched a football game could see that he was not an NFL QB. He was terrible.

    Wentz on the other hand pretty much carried his team on his back as rookie. He passes the eye test, for sure.

  4. This guy is really an Eagle now. Tomorrow he’ll be guaranteeing a Superbowl and talking Dream Team.

  5. Very simple. He received an extreme amount of “hype” in one year. That’s how it would be possible.

  6. “Tebow’s wins came with an absolutely dominant Broncos D… Wentz on the other hand pretty much carried his team on his back as rookie”
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Delusional.

    2010 Denver Defense = 32nd in NFL
    2011 Denver Defense = 24th in NFL

    2016 Philadelphia Defense = 12th in NFL

    Time for you to stop posting.

  7. doctorrustbelt says:
    Jul 14, 2017 11:04 AM

    “Tebow’s wins came with an absolutely dominant Broncos D… Wentz on the other hand pretty much carried his team on his back as rookie”
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Delusional.

    2010 Denver Defense = 32nd in NFL
    2011 Denver Defense = 24th in NFL

    2016 Philadelphia Defense = 12th in NFL

    Time for you to stop posting.
    ___________________________

    I second that. Please stop posting.

    You can’t just make up stuff and present it as facts.

  8. Wow…lots of negativity here for a kid who had a pretty promising rookie season with almost no help at WR, RB, or the O-line. He has every right to be enthused with things right now. The team’s FO did a nice job of helping him out this offseason. I don’t know what else he’s supposed to say.

    I’ll tell you what else: with the exception of the Green Bay and Seattle games, the Eagles were an awfully tough out. They lost 5 heartbreakingly close games. They’ll be even tougher to beat this year.

  9. The eagles only seem to get up to play certain teams (and I’ll admit they do play my Cowboys tough, or at least give forth the effort) but they lay down like dogs for far too many of their opponents to take them seriously as an nfc east contender.

  10. Well, I think it’s been something like over a decade that the nfc east has had a division winner that has won 2 years in a row. Dallas won’t be playing a last place schedule this year. For example, Philly played the falcons and Seahawks last season while dallas got to play Tampa and the 49ers. And Philly had garbage wrs last year and no consistent run game and still played some tough teams pretty well. They dominated Atlanta, giants and Steelers. Hopefully they can be more consistent this season. Haters can hate all they want but the eagles weren’t too bad last year and they have improved their roster this off season.

  11. Tim Tebow CAREER College Statistics (Florida):

    88 td – 16 int
    2947 rushing yards – 57 td

    – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Carson Wentz CAREER College Statistics (North Dakota State):

    45 td – 14 int
    1028 rushing yards – 13 td

  12. Wow…lots of negativity here for a kid who had a pretty promising rookie season with almost no help at WR, RB, or the O-line. He has every right to be enthused with things right now. The team’s FO did a nice job of helping him out this offseason. I don’t know what else he’s supposed to say.

    I’ll tell you what else: with the exception of the Green Bay and Seattle games, the Eagles were an awfully tough out. They lost 5 heartbreakingly close games. They’ll be even tougher to beat this year.
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    Yup. Standard Carson Wentz fanboy response to criticism. It was everyone else’s fault.

  13. He was the lowest rated passer from week 6 on. I don’t know why everyone loves him so much. He looked good against the Browns and everyone just lost their minds.

  14. doctorrustbelt says:
    Jul 14, 2017 10:24 AM

    Just remeember…

    Tim Tebow CAREER NFL Statistics:

    17 td – 9 int – 15 fumbles

    8 wins – 6 losses

    – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Carson Wentz CAREER NFL Statistics:

    16 td – 14 int – 14 fumbles

    7 wins – 9 losses

    ————————————————————-

    So the point here is that stats can be made out to look like whatever you want?

  15. cmoney20 says:
    Jul 14, 2017 12:19 PM

    Yup. Standard Carson Wentz fanboy response to criticism. It was everyone else’s fault.

    ————

    Okay, we’ll give *your* team Nelson Agholor, Ryan Mathews, Bryce Treggs, and Dorial Green Beckham. Then we’ll take away your best offensive lineman and give you a rookie coach and Leodis McKelvin and a 7th round draft pick as your best corner backs.

    THEN we’ll see if your guy can win seven games and come excruciatingly close to winning 5 more anyway.

    Wentz had bad games along the way, no question. But even in his worst ones, he recovered.

    Sheesh…the haters sound especially unreasonable today. Must be scared.

  16. The statistics are ACCURATE.

    I don’t tell you how to interpret them.

    Just accept these ACCURATE FACTS.

  17. blitzinc43 says:
    Jul 14, 2017 10:22 AM
    As a close friend of the organization I wouldn’t hold my breath. They have a nice roster going for sure but they have an extremely difficult schedule next season

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    Why do you persist with the “close friend of the organization” thing?

  18. Carson…sshhhh! Just play the game. It’s difficult all the media outlets and nonstop interviews. As long as he can refrain from saying “mail in the stats”, I’m ok. Who remembers that line? Almost as infamous as “For who, for what?”

  19. Wentz is going to be a great player in the NFL. I think Dallas will win the division, but Philly can definitely compete for a WC spot.

    I was thinking it goes:

    1. Dallas
    2. Green Bay
    3. Seattle
    4. Atlanta
    5. NYG

    and the last spot is going to be competitive between Arizona, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Philly and Minn.

  20. janvanflac says:

    A perfect example of why stats don’t tell the whole story. Tebow’s wins came with an absolutely dominant Broncos D and run game. Anybody who had ever watched a football game could see that he was not an NFL QB. He was terrible.
    ==================================

    You guys always ignore the reason Tebow became the starter, and the record/stats of the Broncos, including the defense, before he took the field for the first time.

  21. cmoney20 says:
    Jul 14, 2017 12:19 PM
    Wow…lots of negativity here for a kid who had a pretty promising rookie season with almost no help at WR, RB, or the O-line. He has every right to be enthused with things right now. The team’s FO did a nice job of helping him out this offseason. I don’t know what else he’s supposed to say.
    I’ll tell you what else: with the exception of the Green Bay and Seattle games, the Eagles were an awfully tough out. They lost 5 heartbreakingly close games. They’ll be even tougher to beat this year.
    ___________________________
    Yup. Standard Carson Wentz fanboy response to criticism. It was everyone else’s fault.

    —————–

    No… Not what was said at all. That is all true. Philly will be a tougher out this season too.

  22. cmoney20 says:
    Jul 14, 2017 12:21 PM
    He was the lowest rated passer from week 6 on. I don’t know why everyone loves him so much. He looked good against the Browns and everyone just lost their minds.

    —————

    It’s because of the throws he did make. He looks like he has potential to be great.

  23. Okay, we’ll give *your* team Nelson Agholor, Ryan Mathews, Bryce Treggs, and Dorial Green Beckham. Then we’ll take away your best offensive lineman and give you a rookie coach and Leodis McKelvin and a 7th round draft pick as your best corner backs.

    _____________________________

    Exactly everyone elses fault. Just keep repeating it in different ways. We wont mention Jordan Matthews, Darren Sproles or Zach Ertz apparently either.

    OK OK hes great. Happy?

  24. Oh, so nobody wants to talk about the 34-3 trouncing of that Pittsburgh team, or the same Atlanta team that went to the superbowl who could barely get a first down against us…but we lay down, right? Please. This team is absolutely capable of winning the division.

  25. herealtrenches says:
    Jul 14, 2017 12:32 PM
    Okay, we’ll give *your* team Nelson Agholor, Ryan Mathews, Bryce Treggs, and Dorial Green Beckham. Then we’ll take away your best offensive lineman and give you a rookie coach and Leodis McKelvin and a 7th round draft pick as your best corner backs.

    THEN we’ll see if your guy can win seven games and come excruciatingly close to winning 5 more anyway.

    Wentz had bad games along the way, no question. But even in his worst ones, he recovered.

    Sheesh…the haters sound especially unreasonable today. Must be scared.

    ————————————————————-

    Try not to make excuses about that organization’s team building. Every team has trade offs to make, otherwise every unit on the Eagles would be as good as their D-line.

    The last win you chalk up, however, was against the Cowboys 3rd string. Prescott-1 drive, Romo-1, Sanchez played the whole game basically. Elliott, Witten, and Lee DNP. I believe Bryant got 1 drive. More would have sat if rosters were larger.

  26. “Tomorrow he’ll be guaranteeing a Superbowl and talking Dream Team.”

    So, what if he does? Should he be saying “We hope to improve to 8-8”? That may be more realistic, but you can’t achieve your dream if you have low expectations.

  27. All you haters are freaking pathetic. Nobody is saying that Wentz never did anything wrong on the field last year. We are only stating that he had the worst group of receivers and a patchwork OL for most of the season. Prescott was thrown into a really really good situation.

    Sure The Eagles beat a Cowboys team where Prescott only played 2 drives (not 1 btw), but what about when the Eagles took the Cowboys into OT? Cowboys won because they got the ball first in OT and Philly never saw the ball (I still hate OT rules but whatever). There were chances for them to win in that game, kick the 53 yard FG instead of punting (the kicker made two 55 yard FGs before half (due to a cowboys iceing the kicker attempt) or maybe not have our rookie RB fumble the ball in the 4th quarter? Eagles had the Cowboys on the ropes and last I checked…. the cowboy starters were playing that whole game right?

    I will admit I think Wentz ends up being the better QB over Prescott. Maybe its the eye test and what I know of Carsons work ethic, personality, stature, and skill all added together but I just see Wentz being a top 5 QB in this league at some point in his career.

    You guys saying that he cant win the division? Can’t is a very very strong word. It means it is not possible. Clearly that is not accurate because it is very possible, which tells me you idiots are just being biased haters.

    How is Wentz not a very likable guy? Dude is a class act and probably one of the best NFL players from a personality perspective.

    I think the Eagles will either be 1st or 2nd in the division but I truly do see them making the playoffs. I see Carson turning into an elite QB so all you idiots talking trash and being biased little haters are gonna look real stupid in a few months and even more so in a couple years.

  28. cmoney20 says:
    Jul 14, 2017 10:59 AM

    Very simple. He received an extreme amount of “hype” in one year. That’s how it would be possible.
    ================================
    as an Eagles fan, where’s this hype at? Eagles once again getting zero hype this year. I don’t know where you’re getting this hype crap from, but I’d love to know.

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