I’m not going to say I’m never wrong because that would be a bold ass lie. I can say, however, that I try not to speak unless I’m totally informed on a subject.
One subject I’m completely informed on is how much the Eagles are intent on ruining my life. They make head-scratching decisions and it agonizes me every step of the way. After Chip attempted to trade away everything in Philadelphia minus the Liberty Bell, I became instantly wary of massive trades. So when my beloved Eagles traded away a 3rd pick, a 4th rd pick, a 1st rounder in 2017 and a 2nd rounder in 2018, I immediately hated it.
Especially with this draft. The highest touted QB only won 14 games out of 47 in college. The other guy only played 23 games in college period. This isn’t exactly the most impressive haul. I wanted to a) Draft Dak in later rounds b) just wait till next year’s draft that will have Deshaun Watson, Deshone Kizer, and Brad Kaaya.
As you know by now, of course, we put all of our cards on the table for Carson Wentz.
Now I’m no soothsayer. I can’t tell you how Carson Wentz’ career will end up. I can’t tell you if he will lift the Lombardi trophy for the Eagles one day. Hell, I can’t even tell you how he’ll finish this season.
I can’t even agree with the ridiculous notion that the Eagles “won” this trade with the Browns. We laughed at the story of them firing the scouts that ranked Wentz high but this is the same scouting department that liked Barkevious Mingo, Justin Gilbert, Trent Richardson and Johnny Manziel. Maybe the Browns did the right thing. We’ll see.
But what I can tell you is that I was flat out wrong about the guy. I doubted GM Howie Roseman. I doubted new head coach hire Doug Pederson. I doubted the opinions of every Eagles staffer for their high praise of Wentz. I simply didn’t know what they saw in the guy.
Now, I see what they see.
Wentz commands the offense with complete authority. I’ve seen him make given more control of the offense than most rookies than have and he’s used this control to his advantage. He assesses the offense and is given full autonomy to change the plays as he sees fit.
His accuracy is shaky but as a rookie QB, timing and chemistry issues are too expected. But his intermediate throws are all pretty impressive. When he does fire it up, he shows that he’s not afraid of taking risks. He plays confidently.
What I see the most is his toughness, both mentally and physically. It’s clear that he’s won control of this team and being the franchise QB of one of the most intimidating franchises of all pro sports isn’t a daunting task for him. Yes, he’s played two incredibly trash NFL defenses but the pressure of being a starting QB didn’t overcome him.
I don’t know what the future holds for Carson Wentz. Only time will tell which QB has the better career out of Goff, Wentz, Brissett and Prescott. What I do know, is that the Eagles have finally found their QB. At least for the foreseeable future.
I was wrong and I take pride in admitting it. That’s half the battle, at least.