Eagles want Carson Wentz to learn from other QBs about protecting himself

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One of the reasons why quarterback Carson Wentz was so valuable to the Eagles last season was because of his ability to keep plays alive long enough to make big gains, although that ability comes with a downside illustrated by his season-ending torn ACL.

Wentz was hurt on a play that saw him get hit by two Rams defenders while trying to run into the end zone and finding a way to avoid future absences would be a plus for the Eagles moving forward. Wentz has already said that he doesn’t plan to change his playing style, but coach Doug Pederson said recently that it will be a topic of conversation heading into the 2018 season.

“I’m going to sit down and talk to him,” Pederson said, via Philly.com. “Longevity is everything in this business. Learn from the best. Learn from Tom Brady, who got hurt early in his career. And learn from guys that have done that and yet still went on to have great careers and long careers.”

Former Eagles offensive coordinator and current Colts head coach Frank Reich said past attempts to broach the subject with Wentz “definitely went in one ear and out the other,” but thinks couching it as “you don’t want to hurt the team” is a way to get the message across in the future. Whatever the Eagles wind up doing on that front, they’ll be walking a fine line between protecting a valued asset and making sure they don’t take away what makes him so valuable in the first place.

25 responses to “Eagles want Carson Wentz to learn from other QBs about protecting himself

  1. He NEEDS to learn.
    Being Gung-ho doesn’t stop Injuries.
    And nobody wins a Super Bowl from the Bench (regardless of what John Barchard may say).

  2. Tom Brady got hurt in the pocket; not sure that is the model you want. Maybe R. Wilson in Seattle. Wentz not only likes to run, but had fake slides and other moves as well–if I’m on defense,I’m not pulling up.

  3. Changing your playing style and protecting yourself are not mutually exclusive.
    He can continue to use his legs if needed, just he needs to not try to win through contact by finishing runs, thats not a playing style change, just something to try to avoid more.

  4. Not an Eagles fan, but a general observation – Don’t run and take hits from defensive players. Eventually that catches up with you.
    The ACL tear may not have been a direct hit, but Wentz still needs to take care of himself better. He has the talent to pass, he’s not a Bortles who needs to run to take pressure off the offense and his lack of skill as a passer.

  5. Michael E says:
    April 8, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    RG3 v2

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    Except Wentz can read a defense accurately, cycle through reads during a play, has pocket presence, better decision making, leads his team, etc etc etc

  6. Until they make everyone play NFL Flag Football then we will always have injuries. Trying to prevent them and make the game safe is one thing, But your taking away from the game way to much! This is a violet sport and is made for Real Tough Guys like Wentz and Sean Lee playing it the right way. If you dont want to take hits and get hit back then Dont play in the NFL!
    This once was a game of Gladiators. Now guys dont want to get hit and when they do they look for a flag.
    Wish people would stop trying to change a Tough guys style of play. Be safe fine, but I bet in 50 years there will no longer be helmets nor pads, just shorts and t shirts! Maybe your way is having the NFL be the Pro Bowl Game every game but My NFL is what it was Before millionaire players where crying about how hard he is getting hit or tackled!
    DONT WANT TO TAKE THE CHNACE OF GETTING HURT THEN DONT PLAY FOOTBALL! SHHHESH!

  7. “past attempts to broach the subject with Wentz “definitely went in one ear and out the other”

    Yeah but that was before he got hurt. Suffering through the injury, missing playing in the Super Bowl and suffering through rehab will hopefully change his thoughts on the matter.

    “Tom Brady got hurt in the pocket; not sure that is the model you want. ”

    True but if you’ve watched Brady play the last few years when its clear he’s going to get hammered and there’s nobody open to through to he’ll go down and make sure the doesn’t take a serious hit. He’ll step up and take the hit if there’s someone open to throw to, but doesn’t take the chance when its not merited.

  8. CW, if you wanna play RB, just say so and let Foles be the QB. Kinda hard to act macho on crutches or from a wheelchair.

  9. You do realize Wentz got hurt as he pushed off to dive for endzone and not from an actual hit right?

    Let him be who he is!!!

  10. I’m an Eagle fan with 2 comments to those comparing Wentz to RG3 be careful when you pull your head out of your butt, im sure it’s painful. As for Wentz changing his game I hope not, his play as is defines his ability. Injuries happen in contact sports, play the game !

  11. cobrala2 says:
    April 8, 2018 at 12:13 pm
    He NEEDS to learn.
    Being Gung-ho doesn’t stop Injuries.
    And nobody wins a Super Bowl from the Bench (regardless of what John Barchard may say).
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    Wentz actually did. He has the ring to prove it.

  12. Randall Cunningham said, let me play the way I need to. The minute they kept talking about preventing getting hurt and stand in the pocket unnaturally for him, he felt he would get hurt. And that is how he got hurt!! Cam did not get hurt doing flips in the end zone, etc. He got hurt in the pocket with hard sacks. Just play ball!!! Brady should not run much. But Wentz just needs to be smart. The better question is to learn the hows and why the ACL’s get injured. I believe they need to be stretched beyond belief all year so when they make quick moves the joints are not injured. Much like a contortionist. THAT IS WHAT THE MOBILE GUYS NEED TO BE DOING!!!

  13. I cringe when I hear Carson say he won’t change the way he plays. He is good and needs to think about longevity and the idea that he can’t help his team while on the bench hurt. I get what he is saying and where he is coming from and there are certain times when a lot is on the line (like the Rams games) But even then in an important game where he took risk, he ended up not being able to play in his first playoff or Super Bowl game.

  14. Wentz is as intelligent as a pet rock and has the common sense of the former Redskin and now Raven, the Great Gimmick. This is a recipe that cannot be overcome. The Philthydelphia Football Team better have a quality back up for the yutz Wentz.

  15. “Wentz is as intelligent as a pet rock and has the common sense of the former Redskin and now Raven, the Great Gimmick. This is a recipe that cannot be overcome. The Philthydelphia Football Team better have a quality back up for the yutz Wentz.”

    Yawn….

  16. Thetruthis says:
    April 8, 2018 at 3:18 pm
    cobrala2 says:
    April 8, 2018 at 12:13 pm
    He NEEDS to learn.
    Being Gung-ho doesn’t stop Injuries.
    And nobody wins a Super Bowl from the Bench (regardless of what John Barchard may say).
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    Wentz actually did. He has the ring to prove it.

    17 6 Rate This

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    I’m an eagles fan but come on, you can’t call Wentz a superbowl winning QB yet, he wasn’t even on the active roster at that point. A member of a superbowl winning team? Yes definitely. A great player and would be MVP? 100%. But not yet a superbowl winning QB, on account of not playing in a superbowl yet.

    Would you also call Nate Sudfeld a superbowl winning QB too? Is Rohan Davey or Jimmy Garoppolo a 2x superbowl winning QB too?
    No, but they were part of a superbowl winning team,there’s a difference between the two.

    Wentz’s time will come I’m sure but if his career ended tomorrow no one would remember him as a superbowl winning QB.

  17. Foles made me a fool once.
    And it was wonderful.
    It’ll be great if Wentz proves me wrong as well.

  18. Let Carson Wentz be Carson Wentz. I hate when people try to get players to change their game because it usually backfires! I’m convinced that Tim Tebow would’ve been more successful in the NFL had he just been left to play his style instead of others trying to change his mechanics and throwing motion. Carson Wentz is a league MVP type talent. Don’t mess with success!

  19. He needs to learn how to avoid unnecessary hits. I have no problem running but dropping a shoulder and trying to truck a LB is moronic, especially in a meaningless game in the early part of the season.
    He should study Russell Wilson, probably the best at avoiding solid hits. He always slides or steps out before a big hit. Not only does that keep him healthy it frustrates the hell out of the D.

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