After an abysmal start to the season, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to bench their franchise quarterback. Carson Wentz, the second overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, has had a rocky season so far, to say the least. He has thrown a career-high 15 interceptions and only 16 touchdowns, his completion percentage is a career-low 57%, and his Quarterback rating is a career-low 72.8. The Philadelphia Eagles have elected to start the rookie Jalen Hurts in his place.
While most fans support the decision to start the rookie, many of Wentz’s teammates still support the struggling quarterback.
Fletcher Cox on Carson Wentz
For instance, Fletcher Cox said “Carson is my best friend on the team. I’ve had his back since day one. It sucks for a guy like Carson to be put in that position,” according to a Tweet by John McMullen. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted the defensive tackle in 2012, and he has been a leader on their defense ever since. His feelings about Wentz likely reflect most of the locker room.
Jason Kelce Weighs In on Philadelphia Eagles Decision
Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman, Jason Kelce, also weighed in on the decision to bench Wentz. The lineman, brother of Kansas City Chiefs star tight end, Travis Kelce, shared his support for the quarterback. “This season has beaten all of us down, Kelce said. “Carson like me is very analytical and thoughtful. Sometimes it can be a great strength and sometimes it can work against you. ‘Doing everything you can… putting it on your shoulders’”
The Philadelphia Eagles Playoff Hopes
Unfortunately for the Eagles, the playoffs continue to slip through their fingers. Despite being the favorite toward the beginning of the season, they have gone on a four-game losing skid and have fallen to third place in the NFC East. With that said, they only sit a game and a half out of the lead. With four games left, the Eagles still have a chance to sneak ahead in the race. Their final two in conference games against the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Football Team should give them a chance t move up.