Eagles QB Carson Wentz not getting benched vs. Seahawks despite another awful performance
Despite another subpar performance against the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has confirmed that quarterback Carson Wentz will remain the starter in their Week 12 showdown against the Seattle Seahawks.
Doug Pederson said Carson Wentz will start Monday night vs. Seattle
— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL) November 22, 2020
Playing in his fifth NFL season since being drafted by the Eagles with the second overall pick in the 2016 draft, Carson Wentz has been plagued by a combination of injuries, a porous offensive line, and a penchant for turning the ball over. In throwing a league-leading 13 interceptions on the year, the quarterback has paced the Eagles to a poor 3-6-1 record–though remarkably they remain in first place in the NFC East division.
Despite committing to Wentz for at least another week, Pederson’s reasoning for keeping the signal-caller in the starting lineup was less than a ringing endorsement.
Explaining that a benching of Wentz would send a signal to the rest of the team that the season was “lost,” the coach’s decision would seem to indicate that the QB will remain the franchises starter until they fall out of playoff contention. With the NFC East competing for the unwelcome distinction of being the worst division in the history of the game, there’s a good chance then that Wentz will play in the remaining six games.
However, if there is a potential bright spot, it’s that the Eagles will be facing a Seattle secondary that has put up just as many subpar performances as the aforementioned quarterback. Facing another embattled QB from the 2016 draft last week in Jared Goff, the Seahawks’ secondary allowed the quarterback to put up a productive performance while failing to cause a turnover.
For a team and player with few opportunities remaining to turn things around, next Monday night might be the Eagles’ best chance to get a much-needed W.