7 Reasons Philadelphia Eagles benching Carson Wentz isn’t a wise move

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6. The Philadelphia Eagles aren’t playing to Wentz’s strengths.

Think about the 49ers for a second. Kyle Shanahan has a near-perfect run scheme. Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t have to make too many throws and when he does, the play-action opens up the field so much more because teams have to respect the Niners’ running game.

Look at the Rams. Sean McVay has done a phenomenal job making Jared Goff more comfortable. Teams respect the jet motion because the Rams can and will hand the ball off. It keeps an extra guy or two out of the box and the inside run works better because of that. There are also the reverses the Rams can run with their wideouts that go for big yards. Defenses have to respect those as well. McVay also dials up play-action off of those and gets allows Goff to bootleg where he is comfortable. If only Wentz had a coach who would even think about rolling him out of the pocket.

The Browns have a ground and pound style with their running back duo and heavy formations. Head coach Kevin Stefanski has made things a lot easier for Baker Mayfield this year and he’s playing better (well, most of the time). You can even look at the Eagles’ former offensive coordinator and current Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich if you need another example. Philip Rivers is at the back end of his career but Reich is scheming guys into space. Jacoby Brissett looked decent under Reich as well. During his time in Philly, Reich played to Wentz’s strengths. If Wentz ever left Philly and headed to, say, Indianapolis, he’d probably flourish there.

Carson Wentz has shown that he has talent. Yes, he’s playing poorly. We’ve seen that. Very few quarterbacks (and none of the ones we’ve mentioned could have made that final throw that Wentz made to Boston Scott in Week 7. It’s those types of throws that show that Wentz still has it in him.

So here’s a very fair question. Why are Shanahan, McVay, and Stefanski able to make their quarterbacks more comfortable with the scheme but Doug Pederson can’t? Maybe if Doug Pederson got an offensive coordinator and gave up the play-calling things would be different.