5. The Philadelphia Eagles wait too long to bench Carson Wentz.
It wasn’t long ago that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said benching Carson Wentz meant the Birds were giving up on their chances for a postseason berth in 2020. Things change relatively quickly in the NFL, don’t they?
Who knows how a team that played an inspired game like the one Eagles fans saw from the Birds in 2020 laid an egg as big as the one Philly’s fans saw from the guys in the midnight green jerseys just seven days later in a must-win game in Week 16.
It’s hard to deny though that Carson Wentz remains a hot topic in the NFL’s most loyal fan base. Some say he wasn’t the only issue, and that’s fair. It’s hard to deny that he was an issue though. He was a huge issue, one that constantly put both the Eagles’ offense and defense in compromising positions week in and week out. He had to sit.
Once Jalen Hurts entered the game in Week 13 versus the Green Bay Packers, this was a different Eagles team. He looked bad in Week 16. As a matter of fact, the entire Eagles team was awful, but it’s hard not to wonder whether or not this team could have won an extra game or two had he been inserted into the lineup earlier.
It’s hard to imagine that they wouldn’t have, and that extra game or two in the win column may have had them in the NFL Playoffs already. Hindsight is always seen in 20-20 vision. We’ll never know the answer to that one, but here’s what we can say. Despite all of that talent, the 2020 Eagles will always be remembered as one of the worst teams in franchise history.