Frank Reich on Carson Wentz: Losing wears on you

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Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz’s rookie season got off to a fast start as he played very well in three wins to open the year and raise expectations for what the Eagles might be able to do during the 2016 season.

The last nine games haven’t gone nearly as well. The Eagles have lost seven of those games, knocking them out of the playoff picture, and Wentz’s play has tailed off along with it. He’s thrown eight interceptions in the last five games after throwing three in the first seven contests, his completion percentage has dropped and the Eagles haven’t scored more than 15 points in any of their last three games.

On Tuesday, offensive coordinator Frank Reich said he believes the downturn has gotten to Wentz. Reich said that the “most confident quarterbacks in the world lose their confidence and get battered” at times, something he suggested has happened to Wentz while adding that he thinks Wentz will rebound.

“Well, for a while I thought he seemed totally unflappable,” Reich said at his press conference. “Now, in some of the more recent losses, do you sense that this is, ‘Okay, he’s feeling this one, he’s feeling this one?’ Yeah, we’re all feeling it. I think he was that young, naïve — in a good sense — but still very mature guy who came in and it was like, ‘Nothing is going to get this guy down.’ But it wears on you. It wears on you. Losing wears on you in this league. That’s why you’ve got to have the mental toughness. You’ve got to have the mental toughness because it’s a grind, and it’s especially a grind when you’re not winning the games that you want to win and you lose close games. You have to have the tenacity to fight out of it and not get too down. He has that.”

The experience of a full year as a starter, win or lose, should benefit Wentz as he heads into 2017 and it would certainly help his chances of future success if the team can surround him with more talent on offense. Even if they do, there will be adversity for Wentz to overcome and the Eagles can only hope that this year helps provide him with those tools.

13 responses to “Frank Reich on Carson Wentz: Losing wears on you

  1. not to mention that more than 3/4 of the team has given up completely over the last 2 weeks!
    Other than JMatt and maybe Treggs, Carson has zero, nada, zippo NFL quality wideouts!

  2. If the NFL continues to have former backup quarterbacks coaching our players then there is 0 chance long-term.. Why can’t the NFL get Peyton, Montana, Young, Marino, Aikman to become coaches? No lets hire Doug Pederson to see if his life ticket changes from career backup to Super Bowl winning Megastar by chance..

  3. Show me a QB who’s played his best ball as a rookie. There aren’t any. Wentz has talent, he’s a smart kid, and he’s a hard worker. The future is bright for this kid.

  4. I get Reich’s comments completely. Wentz gets the crap beat out of him on a weekly basis, and he’s hitting the rookie wall. He had better receivers at ND State who actually caught the ball when he threw it to them. Plus, he has to play in Philadelphia. I’d be a bit depressed, too.


  5. charliecharger says:
    Dec 7, 2016 9:29 AM
    Show me a QB who’s played his best ball as a rookie. There aren’t any. Wentz has talent, he’s a smart kid, and he’s a hard worker. The future is bright for this kid.

    RGIII, Mark Sanchez

    Those may be the exceptions that bolster your argument, but there are the two QBs who played best as rookies.

  6. Show me a QB who’s played his best ball as a rookie. There aren’t any.
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    I don’t like giving credit to Dallas but a 4th round rookie is up for MVP

  7. If the NFL continues to have former backup quarterbacks coaching our players then there is 0 chance long-term.. Why can’t the NFL get Peyton, Montana, Young, Marino, Aikman to become coaches? No lets hire Doug Pederson to see if his life ticket changes from career backup to Super Bowl winning Megastar by chance.
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    So you want the NFL to order Manning, Montana, Young, Marino, Aiman (all multi-millionaires) as to their next career move and they are to accept??? What color is the sky on your planet?

  8. If the NFL continues to have former backup quarterbacks coaching our players then there is 0 chance long-term..

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    Some of the better coaches in the league were backups during their time. Very few superstar QB’s, or anything else for that matter, make it in the NFL. Ego is one strike against them, having to bare up against the ups and downs of the NFL. Having too high expectations is another. Those superstar guys don’t understand that not everybody else can do what they did. A Payton Manning would look at Carson Wentz and see the talent and just can’t understand why he just can’t do what he did when he was playing. He probably forgets his first couple of years when he spent a lot of time on his butt in Indianapolis.

    Lastly, did you ever hear of Bill Belechick before he became a coach? How about Mike McCarthy? Or Pete Carroll? Mike Tomlin? Some of the best coaches in the NFL didn’t even play in the NFL. Some of these guys started coaching when they were in their 20’s. Coaching in the NFL means paying a lot of dues to make it in coaching.

  9. Philly just needs to start putting the quality pieces around him. A good WR here and a solid RB there while bolstering the O line and building a rock solid defense. Wentz can’t do it by himself, but hopefully he does realize that he’s the first domino in the remake of the Eagles.

  10. Cleanosaur says:
    Dec 7, 2016 9:07 AM
    Why can’t the NFL get Peyton, Montana, Young, Marino, Aikman to become coaches? No lets hire Doug Pederson to see if his life ticket changes from career backup to Super Bowl winning Megastar by chance..
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    HAHA! Like Peyton Manning is going to take 150K to be a QB’s coach. In your dreams kid. Even if you paid him 6 or 7 million a year to be the HC he’s still probably take that as a slap to the face.

    Besides other than Jim Harbaugh (who was a middling NFL QB and was never once mistaken for a super star) what makes you think QB’s make good NFL HC’s?

  11. The Eagles have won 5 games so far this season. That is already 2 more than I thought they would win when Bradford was traded.

    The defense still has too many players who do not fit the Schwartz scheme.

    The OL was iffy before Lane Johnson was suspended. I am a Jason Peters fan, but he is a shell of his former self.

    No run game, big drop in special teams vs. past few seasons.

    And the receivers have Eagles fans looking back fondly at the James Thrash/Todd Pinkston years.

    Much work to be done. Wentz is an important piece of the puzzle. But the current roster is short on playmakers across the board.

    Howie won the power struggle. Now he needs to win the off-season.

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