‘This is His Team’- NFL Analyst Believes Eagles Should Not Trade Carson Wentz

Published 01/05/2021, 12:20 PM EST
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


Carson Wentz has had a rough season with the Eagles. After a string of disappointing performances, Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson benched and replaced him with backup quarterback Jalen Hurts.

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For Wentz, being relegated to a bench role is not something he expected, but his performances made him a liability for the Eagles. However, Doug Pederson continued to make odd decisions throughout Wentz’s bench isolation.

In the final game of the NFL season, Pederson curiously benched Jalen Hurts with the game still in line, and opted to continue without him in the lineup. The Eagles went on to lose the game, and many now question Pederson’s coaching pedigree.

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Dec 13, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) and quarterback Carson Wentz (11) warm up before the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Analyst Mel Kiper Jr. spoke on ESPN’s Get Up about the Eagles’ situation. He believes that Doug Pederson may have significantly hampered the team’s morale after the defeat against Washington.

Kiper Jr. questioned his decision to take out Jalen Hurts when the game was still in the balance. He said, “The frame of mind that you send your team into the offseason with is crucial.

“I’ve defended Doug Pedersen but I was sitting there thinking ‘what are you doing’? The Jalen Hurts situation is unbelievable. You didn’t allow him to go out and try to win that football game.”

Carson Wentz – Still the Eagles Leader?

Despite Hurts starting the last few games, Kiper Jr. was adamant that the Eagles were Wentz’s team.“But when you said it a month ago, I said this is Wentz’s team and I believe right now this is still Wentz’s team.

“What else are you going to do? Move forward with Jalen Hurts when you didn’t even leave in the final game? No, he is a creative accent piece to Carson Wentz.” 

He then went on to explain why the Eagles should not get rid of Wentz under any circumstances, and how they should move forward with him.

“The money is not an issue, Hertz was a second-round pick, Wentz is paid big. If you want to say it’s a competition, I don’t think it is.”

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“This is Carson Wentz’s team, surround him with the right people, keep him healthy and he will win and Jalen Hurts will be there to maybe give defensive coordinators a lot to think about.

“But I’m all about Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles. I don’t think you can trade him.”

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Now that the Eagles season is over, they enter the offseason with a lot of planning to do. Few expect Carson Wentz or Doug Pederson to stay, and at least one of them will part ways with Philadelphia. ‘Which one of them leaves?’ is the golden question.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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