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Carson Wentz’s brutal day with Commanders shows why Eagles better off with Jalen Hurts

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PHILADELPHIA. We all know that Carson Wentz left the Eagles a long time ago, as did the Eagles from Wentz.

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But now that Wentz has returned to the NFC East with the Washington Commanders, the Eagles should face him twice each season starting Sept. 25 in Washington.

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So the comparison here is appropriate.

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Of course, it’s easy to say that the Eagles are better off with Jalen Hurts than they are with Wentz. Come to this conclusion by seeing Wentz disaster with three interceptions in a day Monday during training of commanders.

Reporters at that practice described fans booing Wentz and largely lamented the fact that the team was getting Wentz’s $28 million contract for 2022. This decision largely forced Commanders to part ways with veterans like Landon Collins, Matt Ioannidis and others because they had to meet Wentz’s contract under the pay cap.

But in fact, the reasons the Eagles are better with the Hearts run much deeper than a bad day in the first week of training camp.

We saw some of that on Tuesday during a hot morning practice session in which Hurts hooked up to a deep pass to Jalen Rigor, continued to work on his main goal in AJ Brown, and generally made the right decisions with the ball.

Commands quarterback Carson Wentz during the third day of training camp at the park in Ashburn.
Commands quarterback Carson Wentz during the third day of training camp at the park in Ashburn.

Yes, the usual caveats certainly apply in both cases.

Wentz is definitely not as bad as his 3-INT day. And Hurts threw one interception in each of the Eagles’ first three practices, including a brutal decision when he threw over his body while running to the left.

Hurts, however, is a learner of the game and it doesn’t take long to see that he isn’t afraid of criticism. He is also in a much better situation, with better players around him. And he is in the same system, with the same coaches for the second year in a row.

It is important.

Meanwhile, Wentz is on his third team in three seasons. Last season, he was practically eliminated from Indianapolis after a brutal end to the season. It comes a year after he reportedly asked the Eagles to trade him in large part because he didn’t want to compete with Hurts for starting position after being benched in the last 4.5 games of the 2020 season. of the year.

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“I think it’s in the details,” Herts said of his improvement. “I think the details are refined and adjusted over time. And from year 1 to year 2 the same attack…setting up the same things, tweaking, trying to do what (coaches) think is most beneficial. , you start to customize even more.

“It just takes time. This will be the case for many years to come.”

Remember, Hurts will only be 24 years old next week. There is still plenty of room for growth. Meanwhile, Wentz will turn 30 in December. More and more it looks like he hit his ceiling in 2017 during the Eagles’ Super Bowl season when he was on his way to becoming the league’s MVP before he tore his ACL.

And on paper, it looks like Wentz had a good season in 2021, or better than Hurts. Wentz had 27 touchdown passes to seven interceptions compared to Hurts’ 16 and nine.

But take a look.

Their completion percentage and passer rating were about the same (62.4% and 92.4 for Wentz, compared to 61.3% and 87.2 for Hurts), as both quarterbacks were mediocre at best in those categories.

But you might argue that the running ability of the Hurts should also be taken into account. Hurts led all NFL quarterbacks in scoring with 784 yards and 10 touchdowns, an Eagles record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. Combine that with Herts’ yardage and TD passes and his total is 3,928 yards with 26 TDs.

Add in Wentz’s yards and touchdowns and he ends up with 3,778 and 27 points.

Sure, both teams finished with the same record, 9-8, but the Eagles made the playoffs and the Colts didn’t. And much of this is on the Crown.

In the end, the Colts were so outraged by Wentz’s performance in the last two games, when they only needed one win to reach the playoffs, that they traded him to Washington without even knowing who they would replace. It turned out to be Matt Ryan, and didn’t you know the Colts are in awe of Ryan’s professionalism as well as his accuracy.

After all, Wentz was particularly brutal in that season’s finale against a dismal Jacksonville. He also missed an entire week of training in the penultimate week against the Las Vegas Raiders after testing positive for COVID-19. He was unvaccinated.

Intangibles are as important to a quarterback as statistics.

Of course, the Hurts also had a brutal final game, in which they intercepted the ball three times in the playoffs, losing to the Buccaneers. But Herts spent the offseason to make sure it didn’t happen again, traveling from Texas to California and Philadelphia to work with QB coaches and teammates.

It’s safe to say that for the most part, Wentz’s three-interception day in the first week of training camp will soon become a distant memory. He will most likely return with good days and post some impressive stats.

It’s entirely possible that Hurts’ strong performances on Monday and Tuesday could be followed by his fair share of struggles, missed shots and interceptions.

And yet it won’t be for lack of trying, as Eagles coach Nick Sirianni demonstrated by breaking every one of the Hurts’ interceptions.

“Two of them were bad decisions,” he said. “One of them was a bad decision in the pocket. One of them was a bad decision on the go. The other thing is he just missed the shot and Marcus (Epps) actually made an incredible game. You will miss a few shots. … but the ones you really diligently fix are bad decisions.”

In other words, much more is possible. Compare that to Wentz. His completion percentage last season, which ranked 25th in the NFL, just ahead of Hurts, who ranked 26th, reflects his career percentage of 62.6%.

What you see is what you get with Wentz. In Washington, after the last two seasons with Taylor Heinicke, maybe that’s an improvement. To star wide receiver Terry McLaurin, it certainly could have seemed that way. With Hurts, the Eagles can expect more, not only because Hurts is determined to get better, but also because there is a better team around the Eagles.

And most importantly, Hurts can do more, especially as a runner. When Wentz was at his peak in 2017, he added that dimension as well. But after years of serious knee and back injuries, he is no longer the same quarterback.

“Just take steps every day,” Herts said. “Do better than last time. It’s simple. I don’t want to make it harder than it actually is. Just pushing myself, pushing the guys around me to be the best leader and the best quarterback for the team.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Eagles are better with Jalen Hurts as quarterback than with Carson Wentz



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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