Carson Wentz: “I have to be better”

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The Eagles have a number of problems this year, from injuries that have sapped them of skill position talent and linemen.

But the biggest one remains quarterback Carson Wentz, according to Carson Wentz.

The Eagles quarterback took responsibility after yesterday’s 17-9 loss to the Seahawks, which dropped the Eagles to 5-6.

I have to be better,” Wentz said, via Reuben Frank of NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com. “I have to lead the team better. I have to protect the football better. We can’t put it on the ground the way we did. It starts with me. I’m frustrated. I know everyone is frustrated with this loss offensively. I’ve got to be better. . . . The defense played great again, and we let them down.”

Wentz being accountable is noble, and the right thing to say. It also happens to be right, as he hasn’t played well lately, and yesterday was worse. He threw two interceptions, fumbled twice and was missing targets throughout the day. He left the game to get a hand injury checked but was quick to say that wasn’t the reason.

If true, that leaves the more troubling reality, and the boos ringing down were a signal that people were realizing that he’s not playing anywhere close to his previous form.

“I get the question, I do, especially after the last two weeks of performances offensively,” he said. “I have a lot of confidence. A lot of confidence. A lot of confidence in myself to fix things I can correct, and each guy’s going to do their part and get it fixed. We’re going to turn the page real quick. We’re going to learn from this, turn the page, but we’ve got six days of practice, work our tails off and go get the W on the road.”

Playing the Dolphins this week should help. And being in the NFC East means you’re never truly out of the playoff race. But until Wentz returns to playing like himself, nothing can be taken for granted.

14 responses to “Carson Wentz: “I have to be better”

  1. wentz was abysmal and looked nothing like a NFL quarterback…to be fair, Foles has looked horrible in the games he’s played as well so need saying the eagles kept the wrong qb. foles turned back to the qb he’s always been

  2. IMO Seattle’s D line won this game, or Philly’s O line lost it. Philly’s D line dominated as well, but Seattle O was able to make a couple more plays with flea flicker possibly being their biggest.
    But both QB’s had terrible short passing accuracy problems. As usual, game was won in the trenches!

  3. I’m one of Wentz’s biggest supporters, but right now he’s playing like crap and sucks! Carson Wince.

  4. The We’s and I’s are dynamically changing out of his mouth.
    Last night there was no We for him to speak about, just I.

  5. Lifelong Eagles fan here. For two years now I’ve held my tongue regarding Wentz because in Philly he is (or has been) considered the second coming of Joe Montana. I’ve never seen it. Outside of an exceptional athletic ability he has never looked like a top 5 NFL quarter back to me. He makes bad decisions relying on that athletic ability constantly. He has a history of making the easy passes look bad. And his ability to read the defenses he plays has never been good. I’ll give him credit for this – I expected him to be injured by now.

    In short – Instead of the next Joe Montana, we’ve got the next Matthew Stafford.

  6. The kid has had two bad games in a row…one absolutely terrible one. He wouldn’t be the first very promising QB to spend a couple of seasons escaping pocket pressure while trying to hit tight windows to receivers who are barely open, whose game then took a major downturn.

    To his credit, he stood on a podium and took the heat for all of it like the stand up guy he was billed to be.

    If he keeps grinding, and if the GM puts a good line in front of him, he’ll come out of this.

  7. Wentz is, pure and simple, a Bust! He hasn’t shown a single thing that would rate him in the top 10 of NFL QBs. Sorry Philadelphia, you need to draft a new QB.

  8. The kid has had two bad games in a row…one absolutely terrible one. He wouldn’t be the first very promising QB to spend a couple of seasons escaping pocket pressure while trying to hit tight windows to receivers who are barely open, whose game then took a major downturn.

    To his credit, he stood on a podium and took the heat for all of it like the stand up guy he was billed to be.

    If he keeps grinding, and if the GM puts a good line in front of him, he’ll come out of this.
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    Two bad games in a row? He’s been inconsistent/mediocre/bad all year and was more of the same last year until his “back injury” took him out of the season.

    Stop blaming the GM. Other quarterbacks have done much better with worse pieces around them. You only have to look to the Eagles at the beginning of this century for a prime example.

  9. There seems to be a pattern with these players now days,
    year 1 = play decent
    year 2 = play a little better
    year 3 = play good
    year 4 contract year = have a career year, sign a huge contract in the off season
    year 5 = slack
    year 6 = slack
    year 7 = play a little better
    year 8 contract year = have another career year, sign new huge contract in the off-season
    wash
    rinse
    repeat

  10. finally people are seeing what i have been saying for 2 years only took some really bad games for people to wake up. Hes had enough time to prove himself time to move on.

  11. Wentz had no business being drafted 2nd overall. If he was drafted lower, there wouldn’t have been such big expectation. Same thing with Goff.

  12. At least Wentz admits it. Now it is time to clean up his play and win the last 5 games of the season to take the NFC East. The Eagles have an easy remaining schedule with the only difficult game against the Cowboys in Philadelphia. No reason the Eagles shouldn’t win out. But, 4 turnovers by our QB in one game isn’t going to get it done. Clean it up and start having better pocket awareness. No reason not to notice defenders when they’re breathing down your neck. Stop the sloppy turnovers and the Eagles just might shock even their own fans by winning out.

  13. This is one of a few times where he says “me” instead of “we”. Carson has to get better or get rid of him. Pure and simple. He is paid handsomely to perform. Seems he’s learning to be a leader (hence finally stepping up). Difference is Foles exceeded at it on the biggest stage. Not saying that Wentz can’t emulate this, but “Fly Eagles Fly” can quickly turn to “Bye Carson Bye” if he doesn’t deliver in the near future.

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