Another former quarterback tips his hat to the Philadelphia Eagles star.
Believe it or not, even after everything that he’s accomplished, the average Philadelphia Eagles fan can go a full three days without hearing one complimentary statement about Carson Wentz. Then again, that isn’t hard to believe at all because we can all, no doubt, attest to that theory being accurate.
It’s been a long time since Philly’s star quarterback led his team to a 3-0 start in 2016 and the former leader of the free world, Barack Obama, uttered the words “Wentz Wagon”. These days, the analysis on the man who wears the number 11 for the “Birds” ranges from adulation to this desire to trade him out of Philadelphia.
Those who are paying attention get the point however and recently, as June’s midpoint gave way to the knowledge that the Fourth of July is almost here, the Eagles’ all-star signal-caller got the nod from yet another former NFL quarterback.
Love for Carson Wentz comes from the son of a former Philadelphia Eagles rival.
Those of you who are a little younger may only know Chris Simms as Mike Florio’s sidekick on NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk. As any die-hard hip hop fan can tell you, there’s often a divide between the old school and new school. That same theory can be applied to sports sometimes, so for those of you who are a little hazy, let’s dig into Simms’ story is a little.
Prior to carving out a nice career as an analyst out for himself, Simms carved out a nice collegiate career with the Texas Longhorns. He was drafted in the third round of 2003’s NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent time with three more franchises during his eight-year NFL run, but he’d never see the success of his father, Phil Simms, who won the NEA NFL Most Valuable Player Award in 1986 and was named the Super Bowl 21 MVP.
You guys know what they say though. Those who can do, and those who can’t teach. Since throwing a grand total of 12 touchdown passes in his NFL career, Simms has proven he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to all things football, and recently, on his Chris Simms Unbuttoned podcast, he gave “11” some well-deserved praise.
“(The Philadelphia Eagles) are not in the playoffs last year unless they have Carson Wentz at quarterback”. Here’s more.
"I don’t even know where to begin. He’s one of the six quarterbacks in football where you can put the squad on his back and he can carry you no matter who’s out there. What style of game you play (and) what kind of offense you’re in, it doesn’t matter… It’s like the Cleveland Cavaliers with LeBron James… (He has an) awesome arm. (He has an) explosive, game-changing arm… In the pocket, he’s as tough as there is in football… I think he’s one of the most talented quarterbacks in football. I think he’s only going upwards."
After seeing him toss 97 touchdown passes and throw for 14,191 yards in his first 56 games, it’s hard not to agree. The sky is the limit for Philly’s young quarterback. You better grab a seat on the “Wentz Wagon” now. Seats are going to fill up fairly quickly.