Jay Gruden on Carson Wentz: I don’t know how he got to Philadelphia

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Jay Gruden and Browns fans have something in common: They both wish Carson Wentz didn’t go to Philadelphia.

Gruden, the Washington coach whose team is preparing to face Wentz’s Eagles, lavished praise on Wentz today and perhaps took a little shot at the Browns for trading the pick that the Eagles used to draft Wentz.

“I think he’s progressed at a rate as fast as anybody I’ve seen really,” Gruden said. “His ability to make plays in the pocket, his ability to stay in the pocket in the face of a rush and still deliver balls accurately, his command of the offense. I think he’s already proven this short in his career that he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the league, quite frankly, and he’s going to be for a long time. And I don’t know how he got to Philadelphia. And I’m very upset about that.”

Wentz got to Philadelphia because the Browns traded the second overall pick to the Eagles, and the Eagles used that pick on Wentz. As the Browns continue to search for a franchise quarterback, questions continue to be asked about why the Browns traded away the Wentz pick last year, not to mention the pick the Texans used to draft Deshaun Watson this year. Jay Gruden would much rather face Wentz once every four years with the Browns than twice a year with the Eagles.

54 responses to “Jay Gruden on Carson Wentz: I don’t know how he got to Philadelphia

  1. Jay should be nicer to the Browns. Washington will need to fleece them in the upcoming draft to get their next QB after Cousins leaves for 49ers.

  2. The factory of sadness continues to manufacture pain for Browns fans. Cleveland is 1-21 since the Wentz trade. The front office ain’t as smart as they think they are. Bellicheck trades down and collects role players that have a certain skill set he can maximize, other teams just collect garbage.

  3. He got to the Eagles because Cleveland lack experienced skilled QB evaluators. They mess it up every year and then ask the question, how did we not see player X’s talent? Trading down to get more picks isn’t very smart when you haven’t got a QB.

  4. While I, as an Eagles fan, do think the Browns screwed up and am thankful for it, the enverironmnet in Philly and Houston is much better for QBs than Cleveland.

    Houston was a playoff team with excellent receivers that just needed a QB. Philly had a good oline and defense and just needed a QB and receivers. Cleveland has worse receivers than Philly had last year and is constantly playing from behind which puts more stress on the QB.

    To think that Cleveland would be in the same place as the Eagles and Texans if they had selected a different QB is laughable. Cleveland needs to build the team around Kizer, give him some weapons and then evaluate him. He may end up a good QB but it’s not going to happen if the team around him is a dumpster fire.

  5. because Browns. It is nuts they passed on Watson and Wentz. Who are they waitng for Otto Graham? ps Johnny Nightlife was still their best QB in many years

  6. Even if the Browns take Wentz – nothing I’ve seen out of that franchise would lead me to believe that they would have developed him as well as Peterson and the Eagles have.

    It’s NOT just about talent and you can’t simply say any one player would be the same player on a different team, under different coaches and in a different system.

  7. Nice seeing Wentz and Dakota dominating and playing great football. Now we can have 10 – 12 years run in the
    NFC Beast going head to head.

  8. Between WR1s Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffrey, and TE Zach Ertz, they have a combined 7 TDs going into Week 7 lol In 2004, with the Philly Eagles, OchoUno (T.O.) had a total of 14 singular TDs over the course of 14 games played. So who’s the better QB: Wentz or McNabb (rolling eyes)

  9. Its kind of funny that the Browns traded Wentz for draft picks, then didn’t use them on Watson, but did use them on Kizer, a bust.

    It’s like you need a car to get to work. You sell your moms engagement ring, but rather than buying a car, you buy a broken down car. Then another, and another, and at the end you have nothing to show for it.

  10. thereyougo2 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 5:44 pm
    Defense wins championships except in New England.

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    Oh I dont know. I think if New England started playing defense again they would likely win a championship.

  11. Wentz is a stud QB who’s only going to get better as he continues to play and the talent surrounding him gets better.

  12. Let’s be honest. Kizer would be Dan Marino with another team and Wentz would be Ryan Leaf with the browns. The team is cursed and always will be.

  13. I think everybody has it all wrong nobody is giving Doug Peterson credit for the play calling which is giving this guy wide open targets , his accuracy on window throws is suspect !

  14. There is no other QB in the league I would take over Wentz, taking into consideration his age and his whole career is in front of him. This is coming from a Vikings fan.

  15. The Eagles got exactly what they wanted, a franchise quarterback. This trade is a win for them. Period. The Browns have some work to do if this trade is going to turn out to be a win for them, too.

  16. I thought it was funny when my fellow Seahawks fans were talking about how much future success Russell Wilson would have…after he had already won the super bowl

    What in the world makes anyone think Wentz has such a bright future, when he hasn’t even made it to the playoffs yet?

  17. The Patriots are right where they want to be. Having everyone thinking they are no good. Seen this script before. Wentz is pro Bowl calibre now!

  18. lmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    October 19, 2017 at 8:38 pm
    I think everybody has it all wrong nobody is giving Doug Peterson credit for the play calling which is giving this guy wide open targets , his accuracy on window throws is suspect

    Lol I love fans who just make crap up to feel better. Especially sorry Giants fans. Wentz has been the most efficient and had the most passes to wrs with 1 yard or less of separation. Which means hes the number 1 QB in the league on “window throws”. But nice try.

  19. Best part is that Philly moved up in the draft to grab Wentz mostly by cleaning house of players they no longer wanted, and nabbed a first rounder back for Sam Bradford afterward.

  20. It’s almost as if the Browns don’t WANT to win. It’s not like the old days when bad teams lost their cap to draft busts. The Browns just constantly make bad decisions.

    Stocking-up on draft picks would have been a great move if they were any good at drafting.

  21. Jay, don’t blame the Browns for losing. How about you focus on making your team better than the Eagles? You have the audacity to talk about other teams’ draft woes…It’s not like Washington is a perennial playoff team. You’ve been a perennial 8-8 team just like the Cowboys.

  22. aj66shanghai says:
    October 20, 2017 at 12:20 am
    I thought it was funny when my fellow Seahawks fans were talking about how much future success Russell Wilson would have…after he had already won the super bowl

    What in the world makes anyone think Wentz has such a bright future, when he hasn’t even made it to the playoffs yet?
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    Wentz was part of a team that won 5 straight national championships. He was the starting QB in the last 2 of them. He has been in countless big games. He’s cold blooded trust me.

  23. I’m assuming he’s saying that the Rams should have drafted him #1. He’d be kind of dumb otherwise considering he was the #2 pick and the Eagles gave the Browns a ton to get him (which they have since turned into a ton more picks). Anyone questioning the Browns decision to trade that pick away for draft picks apparently have never watched the Browns or football and thinks that somehow that 1-15 team was just 1 QB away from a superbowl. They needed the picks way more than they need Wentz.

  24. Even if the Browns had one of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees, all healthy and in their prime, they wouldn’t be a playoff caliber team. A franchise quarterback makes a difference when the players around him are of high caliber. NO quarterback can, by himself, turn a bad team into a championship caliber team.

  25. Nothing more than coach speak. He’s not doing anything different than any coach describing an opponent. Next week he will tell you Dak Prescott makes all the throws and bakes really great cookies.

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