Carson Wentz doesn’t have an answer for slow Eagles starts

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The Eagles are 1-1 on the season, but they are 0-2 when it comes to starting games quickly.

They fell behind Washington 17-0 before rallying for a 32-27 win in Week One and they were down 17-6 to the Falcons in the third quarter before rallying back to take a 20-17 lead late in the fourth quarter. They couldn’t hold that lead and the 24-20 loss was a good illustration of how stumbling out of the gate makes it harder to wind up a winner.

Quarterback Carson Wentz called it frustrating and complimented the team for battling back despite a slew of injuries, but didn’t have a clear solution to what the team needs to do better in the early part of games.

“Wish I had an answer,” Wentz said, via NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com. “It’s something we’re all looking at. By no means making excuses but we were trying to figure out who we had out there and get guys in the right position. I think the coaches did a good job of that, we just have to execute better. We’ll take a hard look at it. I know we say that all the time. But that’s what we’ll do.”

The Eagles will spend the next couple of days figuring out just who they’ll have on hand for a Week Three date with the Lions. Once they do, the focus should shift to making sure they’re ready to go right off the bat.

20 responses to “Carson Wentz doesn’t have an answer for slow Eagles starts

  1. I bet Wentz had fun getting up this morning. That man took a beating last night. I HATE the Eagles as a lifelong Cowboys fan, but I have a new respect for Opie after his performance last night. That man is tough, too bad he had to be on the losing end of an effort like that. But, life aint fair kids.

  2. He could start by looking in the mirror. I am getting a little tired of him looking like an XFL reject in the first half and a hall of famer in the second. He couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat in the first half last night and then completed bombs with defenders draped all over him in the second. A little consistency out of the most important position on the field could go all a long way towards the team getting off to better starts.

  3. First of all, the Eagles ALWAYS defer. I have been saying that at some point, they need to just take the ball and go.

    Second, because they always defer, the defense starts on the field a lot of the time. The way Schwartz calls games the defense usually starts off playing softer and giving up longer drives over the first few drives. It creates momentum and time of possession issues in the first quarter all the time.

  4. Redskins game no excuse but this one I understand because the entire game plan was scrapped due to everyone but the O line getting hurt. Still managed to almost pull it off with the B team.

  5. He plays each week like it’s the Super Bowl. The hits he needlessly takes just to get one pass off pretty much tells me not to worry about the Eagles in this NFC playoff fight.

  6. This was the first time I’ve watched Wentz and wondered if maybe he isn’t as good as the headlines proclaim.

  7. Love the overated comments. Was the leading candidate for MVP in 2017, but got hurt in week 13 and set the Eagles up with home field advantage during SB run. Came back too soon from the ACL injury with the play calling suspect. But you go ahead with the dopey and ignorant overrated comment.

  8. It’s looking more and more like the Eagles kept the wrong QB. Wentz is very inaccurate with the football.

  9. let me preface this by saying i am a die hard eagles fan, but been saying this for years wentz has not looked good since his first season. the offense for the last few seasons when he has played looks flat with him under center. Even mccown for a few plays seemed to breathe life into them. if you watch the game his throws are inaccurate, alot way out of bounds, behind or over peoples heads. They need to take a hard look at that position if this keeps up. even last week when they came back alot of those were wide open throws to blown coverages on desean jackson so not very impressed again with wentz this season

  10. Maybe he should go watch Nick Foles’ SB tape.

    Either that, or petition to leave the NFC East to get away from the Cowboys.

  11. Wentz was under pressure most of the night plus he had no wide receivers to throw to. Late in the game he threw that perfect pass to Agholor along the sideline that would have been a touchdown and of course it went right through his hands. The people calling him overrated need to actually watch him play.

  12. luvusa1 says:
    September 16, 2019 at 12:18 pm
    Love the overated comments. Was the leading candidate for MVP in 2017, but got hurt in week 13 and set the Eagles up with home field advantage during SB run. Came back too soon from the ACL injury with the play calling suspect. But you go ahead with the dopey and ignorant overrated comment.

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    mvp that lost again last night and has zero playoff wins

  13. It’s a long season, gentlemen, I expect to see far more ups than downs now that the knee is healed.

    Can make very good decisions, he’s like Houdini in the backfield, and can make any throw. Also runs well when needed. Reads defenses, great football instincts.

    It’s also likely a long career, Maybe not a Tom Brady (I mean who is?) But, I think this guy is more like Staubach 2.0. (Only that he plays for to right team this time (IMHO).) I’ll take anything close to Roger the dodgers multiple division wins, playoffs, SB appearances, even a win it once or twice. Book it.

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