Eagles Won’t Bench Struggling QB Carson Wentz: “That’s a Bad Message”

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz in 2017. Photo by Jevone Moore/Cal Sport Media/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9274758dd)

Quarterback Carson Wentz seems to be playing worse as the 2020 season progresses, making it difficult for the Philadelphia Eagles to get in control of the weak NFC East. But despite this, Wentz seems to have the support of his head coach Doug Pederson.

Wentz produced another struggling performance in Sunday’s 22-17 loss to Cleveland Browns when he helped the opposing team produce nine points. He first threw a pick-six and later took a sack in his endzone, which resulted in a safety.

Speaking with reporters after the game, Pederson rejected the possibility of benching Wentz and said that this move would send a “bad message” to the rest of the team.

“I think you’re sending the wrong message to your football team that the season is over,” said Pederson. “That’s a bad message.”

After the loss against the Browns, the Eagles are currently sitting on a 3-6-1 result. In any other division, this would have them out of the playoff contention already, but since they play in NFC East, they can still make the postseason.

That will be easier said than done, as Carson Wentz has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL throughout the first 10 games. Although he threw for 2,326 yards, Wentz is completing only 58.4 percent of his passes in 2020 while having the same touchdown-to-interception ratio.

It remains to be seen how long will Pederson support Wentz if he continues to add to his dreadful resume. In case his patience runs out at some point, the Eagles have the 2020 second-round pick Jalen Hurts waiting on the bench.