Pederson not benching Wentz as NFC East QBs struggle early originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
It's easy for fans to overreact to a few bad games at the beginning of the season and demand a change, especially at the quarterback position. But that's why fans aren't the ones making those decisions.
Just about every quarterback in the NFC East is struggling to begin the 2020 season, and similar to Ron Rivera committing to Dwayne Haskins, Eagles coach Doug Pederson isn't moving off of Carson Wentz any time soon.
"No. No, you don’t go there," Pederson said, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro. "That’s a knee jerk reaction. That’s a reaction to things that sometimes are … the aura that’s out there, right? That’s not what we believe internally. And we’re going to continue to get better. Carson’s our quarterback. We’re going to get it fixed, he’s going to get it fixed. We got a long … listen, we’re only a half-game out of first place for goodness sakes. The whole division isn’t playing very good football. We’re not that far off.”
Wentz, who was an MVP candidate in 2017 before injuries began piling up, is having the worst season of his career so far in 2020. He's winless through three starts, has a career-low completion percentage, double the interceptions to touchdown passes and simply doesn't look like himself in the pocket.
Some of that has to do with the injuries along the offensive line, as he's down four starters up front while rookie wideout Jalen Reagor and tight end Dallas Goedert are expected to miss significant time with injuries. There' also DeSean Jackson's weekly ailments that keep him off the field.
But the fact that it's even a question for Wentz to get benched speaks to how bad he's been. Haskins has certainly struggled, but it's his first season as the full-time starter in a new offense. Haskins also isn't signed to a $100+ million contract burning a hole in the team's cap space.
So when you start to get worried about Haskins' development as a passer or start to wonder if it's time for Rivera to move to Kyle Allen or Alex Smith, take solace in the fact that you're not in the Eagles' position. There's some serious pressure not just on Wentz, but Pederson as well to win games now.