Carson Wentz is seemingly trudging through a slump. He has been a major disappointment to the Philadelphia Eagles, who are on a 3-6 record.
Wentz has been at the receiving end of a lot of flak from numerous analysts. Jeff Saturday, being the newest addition to the list, had some choice words for the North Dakota St. QB.
He talked about Wentz’s inability to anticipate his passing options. “He can’t anticipate any throw. You can talk about tall the quarterback factors you want. Anticipation has got to be top of your list, more than arm strength, more than athleticism.”
Saturday doubled down on this criticism, bringing up statistics that reflected poorly on Wentz. “Because if you can’t anticipate throw, you can’t throw guys open.
“Their offensive line has not played well, but 32 of the 40 sacs that have come on Carson Wentz have been after four seconds. Four seconds, brother!”
What’s more, the excuse of terrible weather was not enough to dig the 27-year-old out of the grave that he finds himself in.
“That means you’re not anticipating the throw. I don’t care if it is raining or not. Can I see that the guy has run out the flag and I want to double pump and take it big six? That has got nothing to do with the offensive line.”
While the team does need improvement in other areas, Saturday said that Wentz’s plays need to be addressed. “I’m not trying to say there are (not) other areas in the football team that need to be fixed, but Carson Wentz is a $100 million man. If he is part of your problem on the Eagles, that has to be the last problem.”
Wentz’s issue is not just his anticipation, but also his hesitation, according to Saturday. “You’ve given him all the money and he can’t be part of the problem, and he is.
“His anticipation, his hesitation, is absolutely killing this offense. And again, you’re holding the ball that long, that means he doesn’t know where to go with it.”
Saturday suggested that Wentz must talk to Doug Pederson and try to get to the bottom of the problem. “Either he and Doug need to get together or they got to make a change.
“Something has got to give because at this point it is not getting better. You’re literally watching a sinking ship because of all the rain.”
Wentz will want to redeem himself in the Eagles’ eyes during their next game against the Seattle Seahawks. The game will be a challenge, but if Wentz can build on his mistakes, they could very well walk away with the win.