Carson Wentz's time in Philly is almost up, but is the franchise to blame here? There is blame directed towards Wentz for the disappointing seasons that have followed their Super Bowl LII win. Trade rumors are also swirling around the quarterbacks' name, but he seems to want to stay in Philadelphia. I am here to tell you why Wentz is not all to blame for the lack of success following the 2017-2018 season.
Carson Wentz earned Pro Bowl honors in the 2017 season for his league-leading quarterback rating with 77.2 and his league-leading touchdown percentage with 7.5, as well as 3296 yards passing and 33 touchdowns in 13 weeks. Entering the 2018 season, Philadelphia was without a first-round draft pick, although they added a tight end in the second round, Howie Roseman left the aging offensive line without any critical additions. Philadelphia didn't have a great receiving core either, Nelson Agholor had seven drops and seven touchdowns in a two-year span(2018-2019)while playing 27 games. Alshon Jeffery remains injury-prone and hasn't played a full season since 2017, he also hasn't come close to his 2017 production. Two key pieces for a quarterback to succeed are already left unattended.
Philadelphia is now the only franchise in NFL history to have a 4,000+ yard passer and no wide receivers with 500+ reception yards in a single season, thanks to Carson Wentz. One player out of every rostered receiver and tight end played all 16 games in 2019, that player was J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. Before being benched in week 12 during the 2020 campaign, Wentz was sacked 50 times and threw 15 interceptions, not all of the interceptions are on the lack of offensive line production or receivers but he is being forced to throw. Wentz still finished top 10 in pass completions, passing touchdowns(T-10), along with a 92.7 QBR in the 2019 season. Wentz has carried this team more than people know of, the coaches and management haven't helped him out and he has been faced with terrible luck through injuries on his offense.
The offensive line has been a problem for Wentz and the run game. The last eagle to run for 1000+ yards was LeSean McCoy in 2014. Carson has been sacked 118 times since 2017 and Philadelphia has tried investing draft picks into the line. Andre Dillard is the latest player to be drafted to the Eagle's depleted offensive line. Dillard missed the entire 2020 season and started only four games in 2019, he allowed four sacks on 336 snaps played. Carson hasn't had a fully reliable run game at all, Miles Sanders has had back-to-back years under 900 yards and most of the previous backs before him weren't consistent. A passing attack is only as good as the rushing attack, teams will expect the pass if there is not a threat with running backs, which the Eagles kind of have. Once again, it all comes back to the production of the offensive line, whose average age is 30.8 years old.
The Eagles have ultimately failed Carson Wentz by failing to build around him, injuries cannot be controlled but scouting players and making moves during the offseason can be. Howie Roseman failed the Eagles during the Carson Wentz era and his weak areas as a general manager are starting to be figured out by the fans, who are expressing their opinions more. The defense has also gone under after the 2017 Super Bowl win, but it still has good games and isn't gutted, that's what the Philadelphia offense feels like.
Lastly, the Eagles organization is unstable, the constant coaching mishaps and bad play calls have been going on for some time now, Wentz needs rhythm and stability like most NFL quarterbacks. As of now, head coach Doug Pederson and general manager Howie Roseman are blaming each other for the teams' demise, the owner does not know who to believe. Although Wentz is not starting, it still shows the discombobulation of an organization that is the Philadelphia Eagles.