If you’re bummed by the Philadelphia Eagles protection issues, this won’t help.
By now, all Philadelphia Eagles fans have expressed concern over how this offensive line has been performing through the first six weeks of the 2020 season, but at first, we wanted to blame it on injuries. Philly has lost Brandon Brooks, Andre Dillard, Isaac Suemalo, and Jason Peters to the injured reserve before this unit could gain any traction.
Recently, we’ve learned that Lane Johnson will miss more time as his ankle injury seems to be one he’ll deal with all season. Matt Pryor was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list recently. Jack Driscoll went down during the Week 6 matchup against the Ravens. In Week 6, Carson Wentz worked with his fifth different offensive line combination since the season kicked off. Again, the ‘Birds’ have only played six games.
Coach Jeff Stoutland has done an amazing job with the players he has had available to him, but it really begs the question of just how many times this unit can be patched up before they break. Obviously, this team’s level of play is a concern. This team has been playing behind the chains constantly, and the O-Line is much of the reason why. It’s a concern, to say the least, but it isn’t the main concern. The main concern is enough to make a ‘Birds’ fan tear his or her hair out.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ signal-caller is the most sacked QB in the NFL.
The major concern with this team revolves around how much protection that this current offensive line is truly able to offer. Philly’s front five has allowed 25 sacks and over 50 quarterback hits this season. That makes them the worst team in the league in both categories. It also brings up a question. How much more can Wentz physically sustain?
At this rate, he is looking to have a record-breaking year for both sacks and hits taken, and given his past, it may be only a matter of time before we see Wentz in the familiar blue medical tent.
This past Sunday, if anyone was watching, the Green Bay Packers sat their star quarterback, Aaron Rogers after he was sacked for the fifth time versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6. That was a wise move, one Philly should employ if they see ’11’ taking an unnecessary beating. It’s gotten to a point where every Eagles fan holds their breath every time Wentz goes down. As exciting as it is to see Wentz scramble, avoiding hits, and make the next big play, concern creeps in every fan’s mind every time Wentz takes chances with his body.
Jack Driscoll is doubtful for this Thursday’s matchup versus the New York Giants, so we could see Brett Toth in as Philly’s starting right tackle. This would be the sixth different offensive line variation that Wentz will have played behind in just seven weeks of action. No one should doubt Carson Wentz’s mental and physical toughness. He has hung in through some rough patches and has done all that he can to help his team succeed, but he needs to protect himself. The injuries have been ramoant, but Philly definitely can’t afford to lose their franchise quarterback.