Carson Wentz-Doug Pederson feud ran deep, but that was only part of the problem in Philly
Carson Wentz’s issue with the Philadelphia Eagles did not rest solely with Doug Pederson being his head coach.
Adam Schefter of ESPN told 97.5 The Fanatic that while Pederson had a lot to do with Wentz’s frustrations, the bigger picture suggested he was done with the organization on the whole:
“This was DeShaun Watson without the headlines,” Schefter said via The Fanatic about the Eagles situation. “He didn’t want to be (in Philly). He was done. Doug Pederson was a big part of it but a lot other people were apart of it.”
The narrative surrounding Wentz’s desire to move on seemed to revolve around Doug Pederson. Indeed, the former No. 2 overall pick was upset when he was benched for Jalen Hurts, and Schefter noted Carson Wentz and Pederson did not speak for weeks at a time.
Adam Schefter says that Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson didn’t speak for “eight, nine, 10 weeks.”
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But there is ample reason to believe Wentz–who on Thursday was traded to the Indianapolis Colts–was frustrated with the team’s management, especially general manager Howie Roseman.
Philadelphia entered the 2020 offseason with clear needs at the wide receiver position. Roseman hinted Philly would look into free-agent wideouts, but instead went about bolstering the defense and trading for cornerback Darius Slay.
The Eagles had the opportunity to grab a wide receiver in the draft, and they did just that by selecting Jalen Reagor. Only, they selected Reagor over a more heralded prospect in LSU’s Justin Jefferson. While Reagor dealt with injuries, Jefferson was the best rookie wideout in the NFL.
Carson Wentz had his own issues in 2020. He held the ball too long in the pocket and made any number of questionable throws. But a shortage of depth on the offensive line and the total absence of impact receivers did not exactly make his job easy. Those issues have as much to do with roster management as they do whoever is the head coach.