Carson Wentz has not been good this season and Wentz can admit it. The second part of that is what impressed his Philadelphia Eagles teammates.
Wentz addressed the team Monday following the Eagles’ third straight loss and held himself accountable.
“The first step is admitting where you’re bad at, and that’s what I love that Carson did,” veteran defensive end Brandon Graham told the media. “When we talked to the team, he knew he had to own some of the stuff that he’s been doing, and he let us know that he’s working his butt off to make sure that he starts doing a lot of stuff better. And that’s all people want to hear is for you to take ownership of yours and we can move on. That’s how you build relationships: taking ownership of what you do.”
Wentz has thrown a league-high 15 interceptions, four more than any other quarterback. He has been sacked a league-leading 46 times. He threw an interception with the game in the balance in Monday’s 23-17 loss to the Seahawks.
Still, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Wentz will remain the starter. Pederson is not looking to make a change at QB.
“He understands that he needs to play better. And for him to stand up and take ownership with the team and quite frankly show vulnerability I think is a sign of growth in any player, and we’ve had several players do that this week,” Pederson said. “It just shows that our young players — and I still consider Carson in that young [category], only five years in is still relatively young in this league — that they’re showing signs of maturity and growth and leadership ability, especially from your quarterback.
“It was good to see. And conversations that he and I have had over the last month hopefully have maybe spurred him in that right direction.”
The Eagles may be 3-7-1, but miraculously remain in the playoff race. They trail the NFC East-leading New York Giants and Washington Football Team by just a half-game. Wentz will have a chance to do better Sunday, when the Eagles visit the Green Bay Packers.