Pederson encouraged by Wentz’s start, anxious to see more

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Eagles Coach Doug Pederson has praised the performance of his rookie quarterback Carson Wentz in his NFL debut last week, when Wentz threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns against the Browns.

Next up is Wentz’s first road game — and first national TV game — Monday night in Chicago. And though Pederson was upbeat about Wentz’s performance and the Eagles winning Pederson’s first game as head coach, he said he’s already talked to Wentz about the week-to-week nature of the NFL and the importance of moving “on to the next opponent” and putting the previous week behind.

You just have to take each game in stride,” Pederson said. “It’s a Monday night game coming up, national spotlight. It’s a road game, noise, the whole thing.

“[My message is] ‘enjoy this one, but we’ve got to come to work ready to play again.'”

Though Pederson knows greater challenges are ahead, he didn’t hide his excitement for the way Wentz handled some key situations in his debut. Wentz played 38 snaps in one preseason game before being sidelined by a rib injury, then learned just six days before the opener that he would be the starter.

“For him to have that kind of poise in the pocket for the first start and really having only four series throughout the entire training camp, you just can’t teach that,” Pederson said. “The patience he had to let receivers come open…those are the things you see from more veteran-type quarterbacks, where young guys tend to want to scramble in those situations. The poise was tremendous. That’s just who he is and I look forward to another opportunity to work with him this week.”

16 responses to “Pederson encouraged by Wentz’s start, anxious to see more

  1. As an Eagles fan I’m more concerned about the rookie coach than the rookie quarterback but so far, so good for both of them.

  2. Took a few really good pops from the Browns and hopped right back up. Made some difficult throws look easy. Can’t wait to see if he can build on a solid first outing.

  3. Already better than Pederson was?


    And he’d be the first one to tell to that!

  4. For those of us who watched this kid play in High School and every College game he ever played, this performance is not surprising to any of us. This kid has so much potential and listening to all of these “expert” posters on this site talk him down having never seen him play, just because he’s from an FCS school (a dynasty no less), has been very entertaining to us. I’m not pretending Wentz won’t struggle, because he will, but in the end this kid has everything you’d ever want in a franchise quarterback. It’s just going to to are longer for some of you to believe it.

  5. It’s ironic that they move on from AR and now have success with someone from his coaching tree. Doug Pederson may have been a marginal QB but I’ll bet he’ll turn out to be a good HC

  6. so glad we dumped Sammie sleeves since this is what we had in store once that DOOF was outta the building!
    Howie is getting better and better GM skills wise. We owe that little dude a lot! He has had some stupid personel moves, but recently he has really turned a corner! This offseason was MONUMENTAL! What he did in NO TIME to fix CHIPS CRAP has been amazing!
    I applaud you HOWIE ROSEMAN!

  7. TheDPR says:
    Sep 13, 2016 9:41 PM
    As an Eagles fan I’m more concerned about the rookie coach than the rookie quarterback but so far, so good for both of them.


    I hear ya, re. Pederson. However, I like what I see, especially the things that separate him from his mentor:

    – no squandering of second half timeouts.
    – a balanced run to pass ratio
    – a willingness to run on third and short

    Reid was the opposite on those three tendencies and it really has cost him several winnable games (especially big ones) over the course of his career. At the very least, Pederson doesn’t appear to be guilty of these things. It’s early, but I can’t complain so far.

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