Eagles news: Carson Wentz on short leash as starting QB

Sep 20, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) walks off the field after throwing an interception during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

There’s been a lot of Philadelphia Eagles news surrounding the possibility that high-priced quarterback Carson Wentz could soon find himself on the bench.

Philadelphia heads into Week 13 with a 3-7-1 record and struggling big time on the offensive side of the ball. That’s primarily due to Wentz’s regression under center. Now, with the Eagles still vying for the NFC East crown, we’re hearing more about Wentz and his status as their starting quarterback.

Eagles news: Carson Wentz on short leash as team’s starting QB

Fox Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer expanded on this a bit.

“We think he’s lost his confidence,” a source inside the Eagles reportedly told Glazer. “Even though he says no, we see (the presence of Jalen Hurts) being an issue. You look at the other side with the Packers selection of Jordan Love, he looked at it as a challenge.”

An earlier report on Sunday indicated that the presence of Hurts, a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, has impacted Carson Wentz from a confidence standpoint. That’s obviously not what head coach Doug Pederson and Co. want to hear ahead of a huge game against the Green Bay Packers.

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Pederson himself appears to be on the hot seat. There’s also been some major push back against his decision to continually throw Wentz out there over Hurts. That came out big time during a Week 12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

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Nov 15, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) reacts after a play during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a chance Philadelphia opts to bench a struggling Wentz moving forward this season with the expectation that he’ll somehow return to form in 2021. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport notes that the extension Carson Wentz signed back in June of 2019 makes it nearly impossible for Philadelphia to trade him.

Eagles news on this front will likely continue to take hold once the 2020 season concludes. However, said four-year, $128 million extension would force Philadelphia into taking a huge dead cap hit by trading Carson Wentz.

To say that the 27-year-old Carson Wentz has been a disaster this season would be an understatement. He heads into Sunday’s action having thrown 16 touchdowns compared to an NFL-high 15 interceptions in 11 starts. Wentz has also fumbled the ball a whopping 10 times.

Sure Philadelphia has had its issues with both coaching and injuries. Hence, why Pederson is clearly on the hot seat. Even then, this is in no way sustainable.

Despite the Eagles’ 3-7-1 record, they are just a half game behind Washington and New York in the laughable NFC East. Given that Pederson’s status in Philadelphia is up in the air, he might be best served seeing what Hurts can provide moving forward.

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