Doug Pederson: Carson Wentz understands he needs to play better

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Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz has been one of the most scrutinized quarterbacks of the 2020 season — and for good reason.

After 12 weeks, the 2016 No. 2 overall pick leads the league with 15 interceptions and has been sacked a league-high 46 times. He’s also 31st among qualified passers with a 58.1 completion percentage, ahead of only Denver’s Drew Lock.

On Friday, Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson revealed Wentz spoke to the team during the week, taking accountability for his poor performance.

He understands that he needs to play better,” Pederson said, via Tim McManus of ESPN. “And for him to stand up and take ownership there with the team and, really, quite frankly show vulnerability, I think is a sign of growth in any player.”

Though Wentz is in his fifth season, Pederson feels like that’s still relatively young for a quarterback. So Wentz taking that approach illustrates the quarterback’s maturity and leadership before a critical stretch of the season.

“It was good to see,” Pederson said. “And conversations that he and I have had over the last month, hopefully, have kind of spurred him in that right direction.”

But more than just taking accountability, Wentz’s play must improve significantly if the Eagles are going to turn their season around in December.

16 responses to “Doug Pederson: Carson Wentz understands he needs to play better

  1. Players are only as good as those around them. Dropped passes, wrong routes, bad/no line blocking, none are a QB’s fault. Surround him with actual players, and then let’s rate him after a full season.

  2. Carson Wentz went 5-6 in 2018 vs easiest part of schedule Nick Foles took over same team in 2018 and made a nice playoff run and was a dropped catch away from winning a second superbowl with roster that was under 500 with Wentz so as a fact zero playoff wins Wentz is the problem

  3. Irishman knowsall says:
    December 4, 2020 at 12:45 pm
    Players are only as good as those around them. Dropped passes, wrong routes, bad/no line blocking, none are a QB’s fault. Surround him with actual players, and then let’s rate him after a full season.

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    Wentz leads the nfl in off target throws to wide open receivers Wentz leads the nfl in time in pocket so the oline has been excellent . An average qb would be 10-2 on eagles right now

  4. No cap room to even try Stafford. Carson would be major dead cap space and Detroit got rid of slay partially due to issues with Stafford. There’s a 0 chance you see Stafford in the eagles. It will either be Carson or hurts next year. They are 60 million over the cap next year, no way to do it any other way.

  5. Remember when wentz was losing week after week In 2018 and Everyone blamed everyone except wentz and they said foles wouldn’t fix the problems? Then foles takes over and wins with same team that sucked with wentz

  6. The Eagles offense is missing something.

    I wonder if they should draft a Darren Sproles like RB to help him out… and of course address the o-line.

    The Eagles are all-in with Wentz, something needs to change next season. Maybe bring in a new hot OC from college to work with him and build on his strengths. Wentz looks lost implementing the system they have.

  7. The offense is no good…you have to change the approach, not all on Carson but when your paid that much you have to do something special and he’s very pedestrian most of the time. He always seems to be looking at the wrong receiver…but you can’t really talk about progressions either because he gets hit real quick…an offensive line for Xmas would be great 🙂

  8. But, does Pederson know he needs to coach better? It’s pretty clear the supporting cast around Pederson, and catching lightning in a bottle was why they won the Super Bowl. They have been a dumpster fire ever since. Frank Reich, not Doug Pederson was the reason they won the SB

  9. They should get this figured out in time for a Super Bowl march. They did beat Green Bay last year. I can see them beating Tampa Bay or New Orleans in the postseason. The question is … Can they turn it around against Seattle in an NFCCG?

  10. While I don’t blame Wentz for everything, as a QB he needs to get on the same page as his receivers. We can blame COVID for some of it, but he needs to be a leader and organize an off-season camp/training.

    Peyton Manning (and other greats) never stopped working when the season ended. If we don’t hear about something being organized, Wentz will go down as one of the players that got paid and checked out.

  11. thegreatrepression says:
    December 4, 2020 at 1:50 pm
    They should get this figured out in time for a Super Bowl march.
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    If you’re firing up the Xbox and putting it on rookie mode, sure, let it rip.

  12. Wentz has the yips and Dougie P can’t see it. We’ve all seen the good Carson. He’s still in there somewhere. We all yell the same thing at the TV. Run the ball! Roll him out! Pederson won’t do it. Doug is the immediate problem.

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