Comparing Carson Wentz to 3 future Hall of Famers who struggled early

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Tom Brady (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Some very notable quarterbacks know what Carson Wentz is going through.

Regardless of whether or not you’d place those games from last year in the category of ‘terrible’, there are other quarterbacks that have been privy to these types of performances at some point in their careers. Drew Brees threw 22 interceptions in his fifth year as a starter but still led his team to an 11-5 effort.

Then, there’s the G.O.A.T. From 2003-2006, a young Tom Brady’s completion percentage was above 62 percent just once, and he threw 12 or more interceptions in each of those seasons. He won 50 out of a possible 64 games during that span, but he also had 11 games where he threw two or more interceptions and four games where he threw four.

One of his worst performances was a 31-0 week one loss to a Bills team that finished 6-10 in 2003. Brady completed just 50 percent of his passes and threw four picks. He couldn’t buy a completion. He also threw four interceptions versus a 4-12 Miami Dolphins team in 2004. There plenty of bad reads in that one. There was one play with 1:46 left in the fourth quarter where Brady was sacked, threw one up for grabs as he was going down, and allowed Miami to pick it off. That led to the game-winning touchdown. Keep in mind, Brady was a two-time Super Bowl winner while all of this was happening.

In Matthew Stafford’s fifth year as a starter, he completed 58.5 percent of his passes and threw 19 interceptions. He bounced back the next year by taking the Lions to the playoffs at 11-5. These are just a few examples of many. Does any of this excuse Wentz’s performance on Sunday? Absolutely not, but it is encouraging to know that he’s not the only one who has fallen short at times and that he can still bounce back. Let’s dive a little bit deeper.