This wasn’t purported to occur to Carson Wentz, not the best way the previous Professional Bowl quarterback began his profession with the Philadelphia Eagles. When the Eagles traded as much as choose Wentz with the No. 2 total choose in 2016, Philadelphia believed it discovered the quarterback that was going to steer the franchise for over a decade. The Eagles had their franchise quarterback who was going to make them deep playoff runs and write a brand new chapter within the franchise’s storied historical past.
Sadly, a collection of dangerous luck, accidents, and workforce success have led towards the top of Wentz in Philadelphia. Wentz hasn’t helped issues with along with his poor play, changing into one of many worst quarterbacks in soccer in a single day — proper earlier than a large contract extension is ready to kick in. Wentz reportedly needs out of Philadelphia if he is the backup quarterback to Jalen Hurts in 2021 (who might blame him?), however how did a MVP frontrunner fall out of favor with the Eagles in simply three years?
There are many occasions that in the end led to this impending divorce between Wentz and the Eagles, as this rollercoaster trip seems to lastly be coming to an finish.
Eagles commerce as much as draft Wentz
Philadelphia possessed the No. 13 choose heading into the 2016 NFL Draft, however first traded as much as No. 8 in an try and get a franchise quarterback. The Eagles landed Wentz by reaching a take care of the Cleveland Browns as Philadelphia gave up its first-round choose (No. 8 total), a 3rd and fourth-round choice within the 2016 draft, a 2017 first-round choose and a 2018 second-round choose. Philadelphia obtained the No. 2 total choose (and a 2017 fourth-round choose) and chosen Wentz weeks later.
Eagles commerce Sam Bradford, make Wentz QB1
Wentz wasn’t supposed to begin for the Eagles in Week 1 of his rookie season, however that is what occurred when the Eagles discovered a workforce that may take beginning quarterback Sam Bradford off their palms. Bradford was traded to the Minnesota Vikings eight days earlier than the season, because the Eagles obtained a 2017 first-round choose and 2018 fourth-round choose. That commerce paved the best way for Philadelphia to make Wentz the beginning quarterback in his rookie season, despite the fact that he performed only one sport within the 2016 preseason after struggling a rib harm within the first preseason sport (he was totally healed by the beginning of the yr).
Eagles win Wentz’s first three begins
The Eagles have been flying excessive to begin Wentz’s profession, profitable their first three video games and ending the month of September a shocking 3-0. Wentz grew to become the primary rookie quarterback since 1970 to win his first two video games of the season whereas not throwing an interception and gained NFC Offensive Participant of the Week the next week (301 passing yards, two touchdowns). He gained the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month after finishing 64.7% of his passes for 769 yards, 5 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 103.8 passer score.
Whereas the Eagles completed 7-9, Wentz set the NFL rookie file for completions in a season with 379. He threw for 3,782 yards and 16 touchdowns, showcasing that he could possibly be the Eagles’ franchise quarterback for years to return.
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The 2017 season was a coming of age for Wentz, as he was fulfilling the prophecy because the quarterback who lastly would lead the Eagles to a Tremendous Bowl. Philadelphia had the very best file within the NFC as Wentz was the frontrunner for the league MVP award, finishing 60.2% of his passes for 3,296 yards with 33 touchdowns to seven interceptions for a 101.9 passer score.
Wentz was the NFC Offensive Participant of the Week as soon as and NFC Offensive Participant of the Month in October after main the Eagles to a 5-0 file. The Eagles have been 11-2 in Wentz’s begins as he earned his first Professional Bowl berth, second workforce All-Professional honors, and completed third within the MVP voting. Not solely did Wentz lead the league in passing touchdowns per sport (2.5) and landing share (7.5%), however he grew to become simply the third quarterback to publish 33-plus landing passes and fewer than seven interceptions within the workforce’s first 13 video games — becoming a member of Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.
Wentz tears ACL; Eagles win Tremendous Bowl with Nick Foles
Wentz had a four-touchdown sport in Week 14 in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams when he tore his ACL and was misplaced for the season. Wentz even threw a landing cross on the torn ACL, which was his final cross of that 2017 season. The Eagles clinched the NFC East that afternoon, however Foles was tasked with getting them home-field benefit and main Philadelphia by means of the playoffs.
Foles gained his first two begins to clinch home-field benefit for the Eagles, then led the franchise to the Tremendous Bowl with a postseason for the ages — profitable Tremendous Bowl MVP honors as Wentz watched on the sidelines. There wasn’t a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia, however a statue was devoted to Foles exterior of Lincoln Monetary Area and an enormous photograph of him hoisting the Tremendous Bowl trophy resides within the Eagles observe facility — a continuing the rest of what Wentz missed due to the harm.
Wentz returns and extra accidents come up
On account of his in depth rehab, Wentz was going to overlook the beginning of the 2018 season as he recovered from his torn knee ligaments. The Eagles quarterback missed the primary two video games of the yr earlier than returning to thunderous applause in Week 3 in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts. Wentz set a franchise file for completion share (69.6%), however the Eagles went simply 5-6 in his begins (aided by two fourth quarter collapses by the protection).
After the Eagles fell to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14, Wentz was shut down for the season with a again harm that he fought for almost all of his 2018 marketing campaign (on high of enjoying on his rehabbed knee). Wentz grew to become the second quarterback in NFL historical past to file 30-plus cross makes an attempt and 115-plus passer score in 4 consecutive video games and threw 180 straight passes with out an interception — additional proving the again harm that was growing affected him.
Foles leads Eagles to the playoffs
With Wentz accomplished for the season, the Eagles turned to Foles for the ultimate three video games of 2018 — because the playoffs have been a protracted shot at 6-7. Foles was wonderful the ultimate three video games because the Eagles gained all three of his begins — together with the place he set the franchise file for passing yards in a sport in Week 16 in opposition to the Texans — because the Eagles completed 9-7 and earned the ultimate playoff spot within the NFC. Foles led the Eagles to a playoff win — a ultimate second victory over the Chicago Bears (who had the No. 1 protection within the league) earlier than Philadelphia bowed out within the NFC divisional spherical.
Wentz was nonetheless the franchise quarterback, however questions arose whether or not he might final a full season.
Eagles transfer on from Foles
Wentz not needed to look over his shoulder because the Eagles handed on Foles’ participant choice, permitting him to signal with the Jacksonville Jaguars in free company. With Foles in Jacksonville, Wentz was the unquestioned franchise quarterback.
There was some hypothesis the Eagles would select Foles over Wentz, however that was exterior noise. The Eagles entrance workplace was totally dedicated to Wentz and repeated it on a number of events.
Eagles make Wentz highest-paid participant in NFL historical past
Regardless of lacking eight common season video games thus far in his profession and 5 playoff video games, the Eagles made Wentz the highest-paid participant in NFL historical past. Philadelphia and Wentz agreed to a four-year, $128 million contract extension that gave him $107.9 million assured — probably the most for a participant within the NFL. The whole quantity of the deal was six years and $154 million, a dedication to Wentz because the Eagles quarterback for years to return — or so we thought.
Wentz performs a full common season, with peaks and valleys
Wentz began all 16 video games for the primary time since his rookie season, finishing 63.9% of his passes for 4,039 yards with 27 touchdowns to seven interceptions (93.1 score) — however the Eagles have been off to a dismal 5-7 begin. Wentz performed poorly in back-to-back video games in opposition to the Patriots and Seahawks — compiling a 75.1 passer score with 5 turnovers in opposition to first place groups.
The Eagles quarterback turned his season round within the ultimate 5 weeks, finishing 66.2% of his passes for 1,521 yards with 10 landing to only one interceptions because the Eagles went 4-1 en path to the NFC East title. Wentz led the Eagles to wins of their ultimate 4 video games, together with an exhilarating Week 16 win over the Cowboys to take over first place within the division. The Eagles quarterback was lastly going to play in a playoff sport.
Wentz will get injured in playoff sport
Wentz solely took 9 playoff snaps earlier than his playoffs have been over. Seahawks defensive finish Jadeveon Clowney dove towards Wentz as he was sliding head first and hit him within the crown of the helmet, giving Wentz a concussion and knocking him out of the sport (no penalty was given to Clowney for the hit). The Eagles failed to attain an offensive landing within the 17-9 loss as Wentz completed the season injured for the third consecutive yr.
Wentz’s harm historical past was a serious concern, even when this one wasn’t his fault.
Eagles shockingly draft Jalen Hurts
The Eagles pulled off a stunner within the NFL Draft, deciding on Hurts within the second spherical — simply 11 months after signing Wentz to a record-setting contract. Whereas there wasn’t a quarterback controversy, the Eagles entrance workplace created one by drafting a quarterback that prime within the draft.
Wentz needed to take care of dwelling in Foles’ shadow whereas questioning whether or not the Eagles have been going to decide on Foles over him for 2 years. Add that to the big variety of accidents he is needed to face together with enjoying in simply one of many Eagles’ six playoff video games below head coach Doug Pederson — and performed simply 9 snaps — now the Eagles franchise quarterback needed to look over his shoulder once more.
The one manner a quarterback controversy was coming is that if Wentz performed poorly.
Wentz has worst season of his profession
As a substitute of constructing positive Hurts by no means noticed the sphere, Wentz did the other. Of the 32 certified quarterbacks in passing statistics by means of 13 weeks, Wentz ranked thirty first in completion share (57.4%), twenty ninth in interception share (3.4%), thirtieth in yards per try (6.0), and thirtieth in quarterback score (72.8). The Eagles offensive line did not assist, as Wentz was sacked a league-high 50 occasions — or 10.3% on drop-back makes an attempt. The Eagles have been 3-8-1 in Wentz’s 12 begins.
Wentz was additionally second within the league in dangerous throw share (share of poor throws per cross try) at 22.2%, and solely 70.4% of his passes have been on-target (passes that may have hit the meant receiver), which ranked fifth-worst within the NFL. Solely Drew Lock was worse than Wentz amongst certified quarterbacks although 13 weeks, which led to the inevitable.
Wentz benched for Hurts
The Eagles benched Wentz in Week 13 in opposition to the Packers after he went 6 for 15 for 79 yards in two and a half quarters of motion. His 40% completion fee was the fifth-lowest mark of his profession and the yards per try of 5.27 was the tenth worst. Hurts ignited a spark within the Eagles offense and he was named the beginning quarterback for the subsequent week’s sport in opposition to the Saints.
Hurts takes over beginning job, performs nicely
Hurts was awarded the beginning quarterback job and is doing no matter he can to not relinquish it — leaving Wentz’s future with the Eagles in severe doubt. Hurts is the primary participant within the NFL previously 70 years to have 500-plus passing yards and 150-plus speeding yards in his first two profession begins. He has accomplished 41 of 74 passes for 505 yards with 4 touchdowns and nil interceptions whereas speeding 29 occasions for 169 yards in his first two begins — compiling a 94.7 passer score.
Wentz should earn his beginning quarterback job again, however the Eagles quarterback reportedly needs out if he is relegated to being a backup. Even with Wentz’s poor contract, a divorce appears to be coming.
The Eagles are simply 35-33-1 in Wentz’s begins below Pederson (together with playoffs) and 11-3 with out him (not counting a meaningless Week 17 sport in 2017 the place Philadelphia had home-field benefit clinched). There are many elements that led to the seemingly inevitable breakup of Wentz and the Eagles — a saga in contrast to every other in latest NFL historical past.