One NFL analyst says disrespecting the Philadelphia Eagles’ QB is “stupid”.
“This is just getting stupid okay, with the way that they’re putting together this list because for Carson Wentz to not be in the Top 100 and for Josh Allen to be in there…”. That began a rant from ESPN’s Louis Riddick on a recent episode of ESPN’s First Take as one of the network’s better NFL analysts laid out his theory as to why he believes much of the disrespect the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is seeing is a result of what he refers to as agenda-based bias.
How’s that for a knockout shot? Yes, August is upon us. There’s still a month before the regular season kicks off if we have one (it appears the NFL isn’t going to change their mind about this though), and the “whether or not Carson Wentz can play” and the “Carson Wentz is injury-prone” arguments are again all of the rage in so many football discussions.
Mr. Riddick has had enough. This is one you need to hear for yourself. Typing out a quote and letting you read it just doesn’t do the trick. Take a look.
Give Louis Riddick a high-five if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan. Finally, someone gets it.
Yes, Carson Wentz got hurt, but so did Nick Foles in Saint Louis and in Jacksonville. You love him though. You never call “Saint Nick” injury-prone. Ladies and gentlemen, Peyton Manning got injured. So did Andrew Luck. It’s the NFL. That happens sometimes, but like Riddick said, if Jadeveon Clowney plows into the back of someone’s head with a full head of steam and you’re using that as evidence for why Wentz can’t stay healthy, you’re a little misinformed.
Nick Foles does hold a special place in the hearts of “Birds” fans, and he should. He isn’t the better quarterback of the two though. If you can’t see that, you’re a little misinformed. Now, you can make the argument that the team played harder for him, and, sure, you can talk about how Wentz’s teammates criticized his leadership. You’d also have to mention that “11” also acknowledged that he can be a better teammate. He’s admitted to his mistakes. Again, let’s move on.
Carson Wentz isn’t Patrick Mahomes or Russell Wilson yet, but here’s the thing. We can all look at him and acknowledge that he could be close. Doesn’t that say it all? We can’t say that about Ryan Tannehill. Why is he on the NFL Top 100 Players ranking? He’s actually, ranked higher than Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Zach Ertz, and Darius Slay. Shouldn’t that tell you everything about this list’s validity?
In the NFL, ineffective play happens sometimes. Teams watch game film, and they draw up schemes, especially defensively, to limit their opponents. No quarterback is going to go 40 for 45 and throw for 400 yards and four touchdowns on a game-in and game-out basis, especially if their best weapons, including their top three receivers, are hurt.
Carson Wentz is a baller though, and if you can’t see that, there’s no sense in arguing. Carson Wentz is a star. If you can’t see that, there’s no sense in arguing. Carson Wentz is also a leader, and if that’s foreign to you, you may have been poisoned by the agenda against him slightly. No one will blame you if you have been. It never seems to end.