Pederson: Don’t go there with benching Wentz

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has been horrible this season. Yet, head coach Doug Pederson is not ready to make a change.

In fact, Wentz has the worst quarterback rating in the entire league at 63.9. Yes, he’s worse than Kirk Cousins, Sam Darnold and Daniel Jones.

Carson Wentz (Getty Images)

Wentz has thrown a league-leading six interceptions. He is tied with Cousins, who has also thrown six interceptions in three games.

The Eagles drafted Jalen Hurts in the second-round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Pederson said it’ll be a “knee jerk reaction” to start Hurts and bench Wentz.

“No, you don’t go there,” Pederson said when asked about the prospect of benching his franchise player.

Wentz has completed just 59.8% of his passes. That’s 29th of the 33 starting quarterbacks this season.

Only Mitchell Trubisky (59.3) — who was benched on Sunday in favor of former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles — Cousins (59.0), Dwayne Haskins (56.4), and Jeff Driskel (54.7) have worse completion percentages than Wentz.

The face of the Eagles franchise has a season-low AY/A (Adjusted yards per passing attempt) of all starting quarterbacks at 4.0. Jones and Darnold were the only other quarterback’s in the 4’s, as Jones is at 4.9 and Darnold has a 4.6.

Wentz had a 5.7 AY/A as a rookie in 2016. Then in 2017, before suffering a torn ACL late in the season against the Los Angeles Rams, he had a career-high 8.3 AY/A.

In comparison, Wentz was a 7.9 in AY/A in 2018. His number dipped to 7.0 in 2019. 

If he continues to struggle on Sunday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers — who are missing a lot of key players due to injuries — then the pressure will get worse on the 2016 No. 2 overall pick.

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