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Hurts, don't it? Eagles might need to switch quarterbacks at this point

Touchdown Wire logo Touchdown Wire 11/22/2020 Doug Farrar
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The 2020 season has not been good at all for Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. He came into Sunday’s game against the Browns leading the league in interceptions with 12, and in turnovers with 21. He had thrown three of his interceptions in the opposing end zone, tying Russell Wilson for the league lead in that mark.

The first half was as ugly as ugly can get for Philadelphia’s offense — they had five drives, and those drives ended with three punts, and interception, and a fumble. The interception was a pick-six by Cleveland linebacker Sione Takitaki, and this was a weird one.

Wentz was trying to throw a quick wheel route to running back Miles Sanders, but he completely missed Takitaki in coverage, and that was that.

Yes, Wentz has had to deal with a depleted offensive line and receiver corps, but his decision-making has been so regressive this season, you start to wonder if sitting Wentz down and giving second-round rookie Jalen Hurts a shot at running the offense might be a reasonable change.

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Wentz did hit tight end Richard Rodgers for a touchdown pass on a busted Browns coverage with 11:53 left in the third quarter, but the point remains.

The point remained even more when Browns edge-rusher Olivier Vernon got his third sack of the day with 3:11 left in the third quarter. Here, Wentz had receiver Greg Ward open on an outlet route to his left, but he got vapor-locked and gave the Browns two more points.

It’s not as if the Eagles have a choice but to stick with Wentz through at least the end of the 2021 season — the four-year, $128 million extension he signed in 2019 presents the franchise with a dead cap hit of $59,220,608 — and it’s clear that they still see him as the franchise guy, no matter what. But this is a team in trouble at the most important position, and it’s been graphic all season long.


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