It’s amazing how quickly things have turned for Philadelphia Eagles.
At the time of this story being published, it will be three days before Christmas. One year ago, in 2019, the Philadelphia Eagles were a much different football team. There was no Darius Slay. Philly instead was trying to convince us that Ronald Darby was a legitimate cover guy.
The situation in Week 16 of 2019 was similar to what it is now. The Dallas Cowboys were the opponent. Philly was scraping and fighting to earn a postseason berth, and we were asking whether or not Doug Pederson knew how to coach.
One year ago, on December 22nd, Christmas came early for Birds fans. The Philadelphia Eagles, led by Carson Wentz, beat a Cowboys team that was honestly better than they were. One year ago, we were celebrating 11 and the late-season run that he was spearheading while surrounded by young guys and practice squad players.
One year later, he’s on the pine, and there are rumors about whether or not he wants to be in Philly, whether or not his teammates will play for him, and where he might end up if both sides moved on. Now, just three days before Christmas, it appears that we might be able to scratch one of the more talked about potential landing spots off of the list.
Dan Orlovsky talks about the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback dilemma.
Pat McAfee is one of those guys that needs no introduction. The same can be said about ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky. Recently, their paths crossed on McAfee’s highly popular radio show, and here’s a controversial statement.
If you’re looking for any evidence of how Carson Wentz has fallen, look no further than a Dan Orlovsky quote. One of ESPN’s most trusted voices has been the biggest Carson Wentz supporter that there is on a national level, but even he seems to have grown weary with what he’s seen from the man that the Eagles awarded with a four-year, $128 million extension with $107 million guaranteed on June 6th of 2019. Here’s some of what was said:
"My opinion of Carson Wentz to Indy has changed over the last week. I had a conversation with someone who is pretty tied in and knows and he doesn’t think that’s even remotely a chance. I don’t think that’s realistic."
Many of the theories involving a Carson Wentz and Frank Reich reunion stem from the relationship they forged during their time in the City of Brotherly Love when the latter was the former’s offensive coordinator in 2016 and 2017. What’s crazy is most haven’t explored the theory that the Colts may not want Wentz, his mechanical issues, or his over-inflated contract. Here’s more from Orlovsky:
"A lot of people think there’s a lot of built-up animosity between him and the organization in Philly. I think a lot of people think he misses Frank Reich as a human more than just a play-caller.I think a lot of people feel that Carson Wentz feels betrayed and the only person in the NFL that he trusts is Frank Reich."
Again, how do we know that Reich trusts Carson Wentz? You’ve watched him play all season. Whether fair or unfair, you’ve heard the statements about him being a bad teammate and being difficult to coach for two years now. You’re also aware of the fact that he had issues with John DeFilippo. Why? It might just be as simple as the fact that he needs to be coddled and patted on the back, even when a kick in the rear end is more appropriate.
Contrary to what 11 believes at the moment, being a starting quarterback in the NFL isn’t a lifetime assignment. He’s been given more than his fair share of chances to prove he deserves the huge paycheck that he’s been given, so who has the better claim of being disappointed with the situation the Eagles are currently in? Is it the guy who’s now being paid northwards of $30 million to be a backup or the franchise that gave him that money and now has to figure out how to begin divorce proceedings? You can be the judge.