Scoot over Elf on the Shelf and make room for Wentz on the Bench. That was the repeated joke Sunday after the Philadelphia Eagles decided to yank their starting quarterback Carson Wentz in the team’s 30-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Fans lambasted Wentz with jokes after an image of the quarterback seated on the sidelines went viral.
Though the rhyme may not be quite Seussian, the Eagles have been comically bad this season. And most of their problems were on full display Sunday. Before being pulled for rookie Jalen Hurts, Wentz went 6-15 for 79 yards, ESPN reported. The Packers sacked him four times.
Hurts connected on 5 of his 12 passes for 109 yards with a score and a pick. But he was able to scramble more efficiently than Wentz and pick up 29 yards on the ground.
Coach on the Fence to Keep Carson Wentz on the Bench
The Eagles seemed energized with Hurts in the lineup, and fans felt it as well. They have increased their calls to leave Wentz on the bench, but coach Doug Pederson hasn’t made a decision yet, ESPN pointed out.
“I’ve got to get through injuries, I’ve got to get through the tape, there’s a lot of things that I’m going to consider and evaluate before anything is decided,” Pederson said.
For his part, Hurts was just happy to prove himself on the field.
“Any experience and any opportunity to touch the field, it only kind of raises the value of that player. It’s kind of has been that way all year, and today Coach gave me that opportunity,” Hurts said, according to ESPN. “With all my heart, I had every intention of coming in and getting it done and winning the game, but we came up short, and that only lights a fire in everybody moving forward.”
Of course, it’s already been a rough year for the 3-8-1 Eagles. Here’s to hoping they won’t have to suffer the indignity of Hurts on a perch next.