Author: Ryan Homza
It seems like everyone has their own opinion on Carson Wentz. The former second-overall pick and franchise quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles has been a hot topic as late revolving around his health.
One person who has recently commented on Wentz and his health is former Eagles franchise quarterback and second-pick himself Donovan McNabb. In a April 20th interview with CBS Sports Radio he did offer much of a vote of confidence for Wentz and his long term role with the Eagles.
Here are some excerpts from the interview via CBS Sports Philadelphia:
” I think in the next two years or so, he needs to find a way to get out of the second round of the playoffs…[Wentz] hasn’t been healthy. He hasn’t really proven to me, besides the year before he got hurt, in his first year, of really the MVP candidate. He needs to get back to that mode. ”
” I think, personally, if he can’t get out of the second round in the next two, maybe three, years, but really two years, to be honest with you, they should look to possibly draft another quarterback because you just don’t know about his durability. Staying healthy is very key in this league. The team only goes as far as their quarterback takes them. And they put so many eggs in the basket with Carson Wentz.”
First off before we dive too far into this we should correct the former QB. The year Carson got hurt was his MVP-caliber season and if i’m going to be honest with you if he would have played the last three games and not gotten hurt, he probably would’ve went home with the award. His season was so incredible no one could have come close to the numbers he put up so there is that.
McNabb does have a valid point here though he didn’t specifically state it in his response. The Eagles are in a clear win-now mode, and if they want to accomplish their goal in winning another Super Bowl they are going to need Wentz to return to pre-injury form. Obviously, from reading and listening to McNabb’s interview, he didn’t really put too much thought into what he was saying. It is clear that franchise quarterbacks do not come by that often and the Eagles clearly showed this by trading up to the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. They knew they needed a leader whom they can stand by, and to say he is their guy for years and years to come. Trading up in the draft shows that they saw this in the North Dakota State product, so my question to Donovan is what happens if Carson plays extremely well and the Eagles still lose close games early on in the playoffs? Do you still want to move on from Wentz? I don’t think so.
Wentz not only has the support of the Eagles fan base but he also has some great teammate support. Offensive tackle Lane Johnson took to twitter to defend his quarterback and respond to McNabb and his comments made toward Wentz.
Clearly McNabbs comments struck a nerve with current Eagles and fans. Though we shouldn’t be too surprised by McNabb and his comments, even since he put on Eagles green he has been a source for controversy in Philadelpiha.
Regardless of comments made by McNabb and the reactions of the fans and players there is a spotlight shining on Wentz for this upcoming season. The questions remain to be answered.. Can Carson stay healthy? Can he return to MVP form? Should the Eagles be concerned about the future of the QB position? This all remains to be seen but you can be certain of one thing, all eyes will be on Carson Wentz and the performance of the 2019/2020 Philadelphia Eagles.