There’s no question that Carson Wentz has gone backwards with his quarterback fundamentals. He’s really struggling with his accuracy — even when he completes passes. He hasn’t been putting the ball in a place where the receiver is able to catch the football and continue to run. Wentz needs to put the ball out in front of the target, that way the receiver can catch it on the run and get more yardage after the catch.
Many times, Wentz is throwing the ball too high or too low and the receivers are having to deal with all kinds of challenges just to catch the football. Yesterday in the game against the Saints, he wasn’t comfortable fitting the ball into small windows to his number one receiver Zach Ertz. On top of that, New Orleans was able to take Ertz out of the attack by playing him man-to-man and changing up where the help was coming from. Wentz didn’t feel comfortable enough with his throws, so it was the Saints’ way of taking Ertz out of the passing attack.
“Many times, Wentz is throwing the ball too high or too low and the receivers are having to deal with all kinds of challenges just to catch the football.”
Wentz was improving greatly under last year’s offensive coordinator Frank Reich and quarterback coach John Defillippo. Unfortunately both of his coaches left the organization after the Super Bowl.
Yesterday, Wentz had to be amazed by the fundamentals and accuracy of the other quarterback in the game, Drew Brees. Brees was fitting the ball into tiny windows without any problem, while Wentz refused to try to make those precision throws to Ertz and the other receivers. Wentz definitely has got challenges with his fundamentals and accuracy.
The other challenge he has is with his patience. Carson has not been willing to take what the defense gives him. He comes out of the huddle with the mindset that he’s going to force the football down the field, regardless of what the defense does. lf the defensive backs are back there, he’s still going to throw it up there anyway.
At times, he’s got to get some of that air out from under those deep throws because each defensive back on the field has the time to get over there to contest the catch.
“Again, I give you the two challenges he is dealing with: his inaccuracy is one of them and the other is the lack of patience.”
It’s not that I’m putting the blame for this entire loss on his shoulders — but I think Carson knows he’s got to play better. In fact, he’s got to play much better if the Eagles are going to do anything this year. He can’t be happy with the 15 scripted plays that offensive coordinator Mike Groh and quarterback coach Press Taylor are coming up with to start the game.
Again, I give you the two challenges he is dealing with: his inaccuracy is one of them and the other is the lack of patience. It isn’t an accident that Carson has struggled while Andrew Luck is flourishing in Indianapolis. Luck has his game turning in the right direction and he’s been playing great football and the team has won five games in a row. They’re starting to mention Luck in the MVP group. He’s not going to win it this year, but he’s starting to look like the guy that the Colts drafted number one a number of years ago.
Amazingly, his head coach is Frank Reich. Is that a coincidence? I think not. I think Reich is definitely missed here in Philadelphia by Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense. There’s nothing more valuable than Wentz in the Eagles organization. The Birds need to take a close look at his development by examining the work of offensive coordinator Groh and quarterback coach Taylor.