Brett Favre explains his Carson Wentz comments

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Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre made a stir last week by suggesting that the Eagles should have kept Nick Foles instead of Carson Wentz after the 2018 season. On Tuesday, Favre explained his remarks, given his friendship with Eagles coach Doug Pederson — and given that Pederson made it clear that Wentz is still Pederson’s guy.

“Doug and I don’t have a problem with each other,” Favre said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “It is my opinion. It’s not his. What he said is — I don’t disagree with him. If I were him, I would have said the same things. They chose Carson Wentz. I’m not saying that’s wrong. I’m not saying it’s right. I’m just saying that based on that year, how Nick played, not just because he won the Super Bowl as a starting quarterback, but how he led that team. And there’s no question to me that the guys like Carson Wentz. There’s no question to me that he has the potential to be that type of player, meaning capable of leading a team to Super Bowl. Will it be Philly? I don’t know. Right now Doug in the organization is committed to him and it was just my opinion that based on just strictly based on how Nick played and the results, I would have stuck with him. Not knocking Carson at all.”

So what’s wrong with Wentz?

“Maybe he’s pressing,” Favre said. “There’s certainly reasons that we’re not privy to, because we’re not in their meetings, we’re not in their day-to-day operations. I look at it from when I evaluate a quarterback, you know, there’s those that when everything is going well you want them in the lineup. They’re not going to hurt you. But then when the chips are down, you need a play, it’s all or nothing, we’re behind, or all of our receivers hurt, we’ve got a Band-Aid group of guys that, when that guy can elevate those players, you know, take Aaron Rodgers – and of course he’s in a different stratosphere — but it doesn’t matter who plays receiver for them. He makes it look so easy. That’s what you’re looking for.

“And every guy is different, you know? Drew Brees is a different dynamic quarterback than Aaron Rodgers. But when he’s in there, he makes it look easy. And certainly Tom Brady, you know, Russell Wilson, they make the average Joe’s better. They make an average team or maybe an above average team better, year in and year out. And that’s what you’re looking for, to me, that’s what you’re looking for. Because they’ve had a lot of injuries. There’s no question. Carson is not immune to it himself, but they’re just OK, and for a lot of reasons, but can he make us better than OK? Or can someone else make us better than OK? That’s the question.”

Wentz may indeed be pressing. As we’ve said repeatedly on PFT Live, Wentz may be trying in one throw to justify the faith that the team repeatedly has shown in him, from trading up to draft him to picking him over Foles to giving Wentz major contract. Wentz may feel pressure to prove the team right, and it may be too much pressure.

28 responses to “Brett Favre explains his Carson Wentz comments

  1. In a given period of time, lets say 10 years, there’s only like 10 QB’s in the stratosphere Brett is talking about. That to me in the real problem; in order for a team to succeed in the NFL you need a superlative QB to get you there and there’s just not that many of them. I’d like to see rules helping teams devalue the QB so the great ones don’t impact their teams so positively and the good ones don’t impact their teams so negatively. I’d rather see 20 or 25 teams with a good QB situation than 10.

  2. Wentz is a good QB. his awesome in fact, when he’s On. but who in the world is calling plays this season? Doug. and how many voices are in Carsons ear pre-snap. and in Dougs ear?
    they brought in 2 many new coaches this last offseason, and it was already talked about.. Doug needs to take a hold of the ship. give play calling to Marty, and lets roll.
    Carson does make the Lower end guys look incredible.. look at last season,, Boston Scott, Greg Ward, Hell, even JJAW had a few nice catches. and Makes Ertz look stellar every year.

  3. I think the Eagles made the right decision. One is super talented and just hasn’t been right since his knee injury and the other is a low grade starter at best with a noodle arm. You always pick the higher ceiling player unless the other is a solid starter.

  4. Its cruelty ironic that Foles left the team just two end up on two that have the same problems that the Eagles currently do, only difference being that the Bears offensive line are guaranteed to get somebody injured.

  5. Bottom line is Carson Wentz hasn’t come close to his performance before the torn ACL. Had they traded Wentz after the SB when people were still under the impression that Wentz was still going to be awesome, Eagles would’ve had primo draft picks from that trade and Nick Foles’ was a perfect fit for this Eagles squad.

  6. Wentz is a modern day Favre. High risk – high reward gunslinger that has a propensity for too many head-scratching decisions.

  7. Seems like neither QB has been that great since that super bowl run…one would argue Frank Reich being there was more important than which QB was out there.

  8. Wentz put that team on his back last year and made the playoffs with absolute nobodys playing WR. So… there’s that.

  9. To me an elite QB is one that can overcome the faults of all of his offensive teammates and will or lift the offense to success. Specifically, how many QBs lead their teams to victories with lousy offensive lines? Or poor skill position players? I can’t really think of many current NFL QBs that have overcome poor O-lines (maybe Wilson?). Brady and Rodgers have overcome skill position players of average or marginal talent, but they always have had pretty good O-lines.

  10. Naterade says:
    November 17, 2020 at 3:45 pm
    I think the Eagles made the right decision. One is super talented and just hasn’t been right since his knee injury and the other is a low grade starter at best with a noodle arm. You always pick the higher ceiling player unless the other is a solid starter.

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    Carson Wentz has Zero playoff wins and is the worst statistical qb in nfl so as a fact they made the absolute wring decision foles is 24-6 last 30
    Games as an eagle Wentz is 15-20 last 35

  11. PEDEROSN made. Aoakyoff run in 2918 with foles without Reich so that fake riech point Ian invalid Reich also went 7-9 i last year and is under 500 as a coach without Pederson

  12. cav2ya says:
    November 17, 2020 at 3:30 pm
    Wentz is a good QB. his awesome in fact, when he’s On. but who in the world is calling plays this season? Doug. and how many voices are in Carsons ear pre-snap. and in Dougs ear?
    they brought in 2 many new coaches this last offseason, and it was already talked about.. Doug needs to take a hold of the ship. give play calling to Marty, and lets roll.
    Carson does make the Lower end guys look incredible.. look at last season,, Boston Scott, Greg Ward, Hell, even JJAW had a few nice catches. and Makes Ertz look stellar every year.

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    The eagles lead the nfl in wide open recievers so the play calling Is brilliant Wentz leads the nfl in off target throws Wentz single handily destroyed the franchise

  13. Nick Foles is 12-2 with 5 playoff wins with Doug Pederson and won the Super Bowl vs belichik with Doug Pederson enough said. Wentz has always been the problem

  14. The eagles will most likely lose the rest of their games and Doug Pederson will be fired. His decisions yesterday were inexplicable. Then in the press conference he said the run/pass ratio was 50/50 when it was 61/39. He’s clueless. He and Howie will be gone.

  15. Pederson went 9-7 in his first season without Reich so the decline was obvious. The only reason they made the playoffs that year was from a miracle of the right combination of teams winning and losing. Then they only won in the playoffs on a double doink after only scoring 16 points. They were the first Super Bowl defending team to make the post season as a wildcard since 2010, so it’s obvious Pederson is nothing without Frank Reich. He will be fired after the last game when they lose to Washington for the second time this season.

  16. Doug Pederson only called plays in one playoff win and they only scored 16 points and won on a double doink. The eagles should have demoted Pederson and promoted Reich. It was evident from Sunday that Pederson doesn’t know how to call plays. The run was the most effective weapon and he decided to pass. He’s clueless and will fired at the end of the season.

  17. The Eagles started the season at 5-7 and were playing with practice squad players. They were then able to rally and win four straight games to win the division and make the playoffs through quarterback play single handedly. Doug Pederson ruined Carson Wentz because he’s a terrible coach. He will be fired and end up back in KC as an assistant coach with little responsibility. You can see in his press conferences that he is overwhelmed and not very bright. Pederson’s play calling is an embarrassment.

  18. As fans we never looked to Favre for his thoughts, just what he can do on the field and he’s proving the fans right when he opens his mouth.

  19. tejastim says:
    November 17, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Wentz is a modern day Favre. High risk – high reward gunslinger that has a propensity for too many head-scratching decisions.

    That would be true…except that it isn’t?

    81 tds and 24 ints before this season doesn’t lie. He wasn’t making the “high risk” throws you’re talking about. The abysmal 3rd down conversion rate of this season wasn’t a problem either. In fact, it was the complete opposite. The offense was STELLAR on 3rd down. It was a particular strength of his, even as a rookie. He was making 3rd and long ( 8yds or more) seem simple.

    What has changed? It doesn’t take Stephen Hawking to figure this out.

    1. Instability on the offensive line.

    This has been clear as day since Week One. More starting OL combinations than anyone in the league.

    You knew the offense was going to have problems when TWO starters were out for the year during camp. It was going to be that kind of year. And they have veterans that should have been gone YEARS ago, but decided to keep because they a) couldn’t draft anyone better and b) couldn’t develop anyone aquired outside of the draft, be it free agency or waiver wire. This has a cumulative effect.

    2. Lack of ACCOMPLISHED veteran skill position players on offense.

    Even though I’m not the biggest Zach Ertz fan, his loss has CLEARLY effected the QB . It’s clear to anyone watching this team, the offense does not flow smoothly when you take out Wentz’s best and most reliable intermediate target. Goedert has promise, but you don’t take the leading receiver on the team for the last 4 years and think you can replace that overnight. Couple that with the fact he’s his BEST option on 3rd down. It’s not even close.

    Couple that with the lack of familiarity of the starting skill positions on the offense RIGHT NOW and the lack of consistent production from your returning veterans, makes this a work in progress and it will be all year.

    But saying this is ALL on the QB is just lunacy. Has he made bad decisions? Absolutely. Has he turned the ball over too much? Absolutely.

    But, has he done that before when he’s got EXPERIENCE on the offense, and, more importantly, stability on the offensive line?

    The numbers do not lie, especially when the OL is intact. Just facts.

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