Doug Pederson: This season a “great opportunity” for Carson Wentz

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Doug Pederson was around the NFL as a player and an assistant before getting the head coaching job in Philadelphia and that left him with no doubt about the importance of having the right relationship with his starting quarterback.

Pederson notes that’s not always easy, but the coaches and quarterbacks that have been successful “have built that lifelong relationship” that he’s trying to build with Carson Wentz. The last two years have brought obstacles in the form of injuries that have taken Wentz out of action, but the team still signed him to an extension this offseason and Pederson heads into the season focused on the positive things Wentz can accomplish.

“This is also a great opportunity for Carson, to really regain the type of player he is to what we saw in 2017, and really what we saw in 2018 when he was playing,” Pederson said, via Zach Berman of TheAthletic.com. “He is a tremendous competitor. He is a tremendous leader, and quite frankly, I don’t think a lot of that bothers him. He just moves on. He is excited for this new season. It is a new team, there are new guys around him. He is energized, he feels good and I am just excited for that.”

Pederson said the team’s offseason work was “rejuvenating” and that he’s pleased to have continuity after last year saw a lot of change to the coaching staff in the wake of a Super Bowl title. That might not wind up mattering much if the team has to scramble at quarterback during the season, which makes Wentz’s ability to capitalize on his opportunity all the more significant to the outlook for 2019 in Philadelphia.

19 responses to “Doug Pederson: This season a “great opportunity” for Carson Wentz

  1. Translation: “He needs to show us we didn’t make an enormous mistake by keeping him and getting rid of the only guy in franchise history to bring home a title”

  2. He better make something of it to show they didn’t make a mistake with the amount of money they gave him after not proving to be reliable for a 16 game season.

  3. Wentz desperately NEEDS a great year and to stay healthy.
    Eagles fans will pounce on him like a lion on an injured gazelle if he doesn’t.

  4. Anyone who thinks Foles is better for the future of the Eagles obviously hasn’t followed Foles career and are basing their opinion off of an 8 game sample size. People forget Foles started the season last year and played mediocre at best. There’s a reason he’s been a career back up. One career is ascending and the other declining. If you can’t see that then you don’t know football

  5. Not all HC’s and QB’s that enjoyed great success together have built a lifelong successful relationship…example chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw. Unless you consider a negative relationship successful?
    Wentz needs to show and he can stay reasonably healthy and win over the course of a full season. If he fails to do so again, Philly could be looking to move on.

  6. pmlangan says:
    July 18, 2019 at 9:53 am
    Anyone who thinks Foles is better for the future of the Eagles obviously hasn’t followed Foles career and are basing their opinion off of an 8 game sample size. People forget Foles started the season last year and played mediocre at best. There’s a reason he’s been a career back up. One career is ascending and the other declining. If you can’t see that then you don’t know football

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    And yet he is the only QB in franchise history to take the team through the postseason and bring home a SB…

  7. SWFLPC.INC says:
    July 18, 2019 at 10:27 am

    And yet he is the only QB in franchise history to take the team through the postseason and bring home a SB…

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    Jeff Hostetler did pretty much the same thing, how’d that work out in the long run? You don’t win games in the NFL with nostalgia.

  8. pmlangan says:
    July 18, 2019 at 10:38 am
    SWFLPC.INC says:
    July 18, 2019 at 10:27 am

    And yet he is the only QB in franchise history to take the team through the postseason and bring home a SB…

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    Jeff Hostetler did pretty much the same thing, how’d that work out in the long run? You don’t win games in the NFL with nostalgia.

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    At this point in time Hostetler has had a much more successful career than Wentz and his zero postseason wins. So has Foles. The real question is how will Eagles fans react when Wentz flames out earl again and Foles takes Jax to the playoffs?

  9. SWFLPC.INC says:
    July 18, 2019 at 11:30 am

    At this point in time Hostetler has had a much more successful career than Wentz and his zero postseason wins. So has Foles. The real question is how will Eagles fans react when Wentz flames out earl again and Foles takes Jax to the playoffs?

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    You seem to forget Wentz was on pace to win MVP before he got hurt, and he was the reason the Eagles had the best record in the NFC, not Foles. There’s nothing pointing to Wentz “Flaming out” and at this point I just think you might be related to Foles. Jags go 8-8. And I don’t know what success your taking about with Hostetler, the guy was a career back up who had started FOUR games in total before that Super Bowl run. Then fizzled our with trash records and stats.

  10. The only thing I have a hard time understanding with the Eagles, was why pay him this off season. He has been injured the last two seasons. Hasn’t seen the playoffs at all, and you just line up the brink trucks for him? Makes no sense to me.

    I understand the value he can give, but if that value is constantly on the bench, how is it that valuable.

  11. Foles did lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl win and that’s awesome, but Wentz is clearly a great quarterback! My emotions wanted to keep Foles, along with his calm demeanor but my brain says the Eagles made the right call.

  12. The question isn’t his skill set, it’s his availability. We know he’s good when he plays.

  13. sea3369 says:
    July 18, 2019 at 8:23 am
    They let the wrong guy go!

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    Wow people are so dumb lol. Foles was never even close to as good as Wentz is. The nation saw Goles have a couple good games in big moments and they are all over him. Did you idiots see all his bad games too? Foles is a hit and cold player who needs everything around him to be perfect most of the time. Wentz is lightyears ahead of Foles in talent. It’s like people forget that he was going to be the MVP when he was healthy lol.

  14. “The nation saw Goles have a couple good games in big moments and they are all over him.”

    It’s probably not a good idea to call people dumb until you can spell Nick Foles name correctly.

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