The Injury To Wentz Ended The Eagles Chances

The Eagles Wild Card round playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks drew the largest viewing audience of any NFL game since last year’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams.  One of the major reasons for the huge audience was the anticipated battle between the Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and our guy, the hottest quarterback in the NFL during the last quarter of the NFL regular season, Carson Wentz.

Early in the first quarter, on the most important play of the game, Seattle defensive end Jadeveon Clowney speared the Birds quarterback in the back with helmet-to-helmet contact as the signal caller was landing on the ground.  The helmet-to-helmet contact caused Wentz’ head to bounce off of the ground.  It happened very quickly, but it stood out to me immediately, as I saw the quarterback’s helmet hit the turf of Lincoln Financial Field.

I was expecting a flag after the hit because of the way NFL game officials protect the quarterbacks.   At the same time, I was thinking, “Slide Carson Slide”.   Throughout his NFL career, Wentz chooses to land head first on the ground on runs with the football, as compared to Wilson, who chooses to slide.  Sliding gives Wilson more protection from the referees.  When you slide, you’re saying you are surrendering.  The play is over.  When you land head first, you’re still trying to gain yardage, so a defender can hit you.  Clowney had every right to hit Wentz, but it shouldn’t have been helmet-to-helmet.

That’s the thing that caught my attention.   The helmet-to-helmet contact wasn’t substantial, but it did occur.  I was even more concerned about the quarterback’s helmet making contact with the turf.  I’ve known for years that the ground causes a lot of concussions because the ground doesn’t “give”.  It’s solid and I believe it played a huge part in the Wentz concussion because the Clowney and Wentz helmet-to-helmet contact wasn’t severe.

The signal caller wasn’t removed from the game immediately, but playing a few additional plays after the Clowney hit, Wentz was walked to the tent on the Eagles sideline and soon he was escorted to the Birds locker room.  Despite a great effort from backup quarterback Josh McCown, all Birds fans knew that the Eagles chances of winning the game were all but gone.

The Eagles offense, which had already loss all its starting wide receivers to injuries and had been totally decimated by injuries throughout the starting lineup, was now being hit with the ultimate punch to the gut.  They now had to fight on without their franchise quarterback in the middle of the first quarter of a playoff game.   The 40-year old McCown tried to lead the former practice squad players, such as wide receiver Greg Ward, running back Boston Scott and tight end Josh Perkins, to victory over Wilson and the Seahawks.

McCown was trying to do it without the Eagles Pro Bowl right side of their offensive line.  Three-time Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks and two-time Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson were both sidelined with injuries and Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz was playing despite having a broken rib and a lacerated kidney.

It was too much to ask for from McCown.  He led the Eagles down into the Seattle red zone a number of times, but he couldn’t lead them into the end zone.  He was sacked on fourth down to end the Eagles final drive of the game and he made a catchable throw to rookie running back Miles Sanders on fourth down of the red zone drive a little earlier in the fourth quarter.  He completed 18 of 24 throws for 174 yards for a 94.8 quarterback rating.  That’s not bad for 40-year old quarterback, who hadn’t played in a game in months.

Still the difference in the two teams was the play of the quarterbacks.  With Wentz out of the game, the Seahawks had a huge advantage because of the play of their signal caller.  Seattle’s Wilson lived up to all of the hype, as he carried the Seahawks offense on his back with 325 yards passing, one touchdown throw and 45 of Seattle’s 64 yards rushing.  The Seahawks have one of the worst pass blocking offensive lines in the NFL, yet Wilson’s ability to scramble and throw on the run, neutralized the Eagles pass rush.

Wentz was feeling better on Monday, as he encouraged his teammates and let them know that he was committed to continuing to battle for another Eagles championship in the future.  During the off season, I hope Carson works on his slides.

Check out my G. Cobb Birds Report Podcast because we talk about the Clowney hit and the Wentz concussion.  We also talk about the play of the Josh McCown and Russell Wilson.  We talk about the importance of the game, the Eagles pass rush and running game.  We talk about it all right here.  –

27 thoughts on “The Injury To Wentz Ended The Eagles Chances

  1. Go get em Next Year !! and Carson Wentz, when a Play is broken down, just rid of the Ball and live to Play another Play,Series or Game, You really need to put yourself in better positions to protect yourself if you want to have a long Career in the NFL..

    1. What’s up Paul….Howie had got to make better personnel decisions, and draft well next year for this team to really contend…….and I need one of them to be signing Clowney

  2. Russell Wilson picked up a huge first down with his legs late in the game… in the open field broke a tackle and dove for a first down while being tackled by Jenkins. It’s football.

  3. Fraud man did you see Mahones “protect himself” on that 30 yard TD run…. no you didn’t…. he plays football!!!!!

  4. Super Bowl Predictions
    49ers – 36 Chiefs 24 — 49ers just too physical along both lines of scrimmage for the Chiefs whose Offensive Line will struggle to Protect QB Mahomes, who will still make some Big Plays, but I think the 49ers Defense also create some Turnovers, giving the 49ers the Edge and will eventually wear down the Chiefs in the 2nd Half…
    Enjoy the Game

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  6. Congrats to Coach Andy Reid and to the Kansas City Chiefs.. You Played and Coached Hard for the Full 60 Minutes and came out winning away after the 49ers self-imploded the final 9 Minutes of the Game When having a 20-10 Lead.. 49ers Coach Kyle Shanahan blew a Big 4th Quarter Super Lead when Calling Offensive Plays for the Falcons vs the Patriots a 3 Years ago and seemed to panic and get tight again with the Play Calling in this Game when in the 4th Quarter.. Play to your Strength and when the 49ers averaged 6 Yards per Rush and your Offense is built around the Run, then stay with it until the Chiefs stop it..
    Also KC Chiefs RB Williams should have been Named the Super Bowl MVP in my opinion and just had a Terrffic Game throughout.. But the QB’s always get the attention, credit and blame so it goes with the territory, the real scary thing is that Patrick Mahomes is only 24 Years Old .. He’s got a hell of a future ahead of him ..

    Early Prediction of Eagles 2020 Season (7-9)

  7. 2020 Eagles Mock Draft (Version #1 die the first 3 Rounds)

    1st Rd (#21) – DB/S Xavier McKinney – Alabama (6-1″- 200lbs)
    2nd Rd (#53) – WR Tyler Johnson – Minnesota (6-2″ – 205lbs)
    3rd Rd (#85) – DE/Edge – Darrell Taylor – (Tennessee 6-4″ – 255lbs)

  8. Eagles 2020 Season Predictions (7-9)

    Eagles Split their NFC East 6 Games in 2020 for 3-3 Record
    Lose to the Seahawks, 49ers, Saints, Packers, Ravens and Steelers
    Beat the Rams, Cardinals, Bengals and Browns

    1. Idiot. Each roster will change by between 20-30% between now and the start of next season. Predicting is stupid… especially for a person that spends countless hours making up mock drafts and speculation on FA signings. Hell the saints aren’t even sure who their QB is …

  9. Eagles Players who will be Gone for 2020 Season and No HAC, there’s No Need to spend countless Hours doing Mocks or Speculate on Free-Agent Signings as this Off-Season will be a Struggle for the Eagles and built around the Draft and they will likely add a Pass Rusher, WR and LB in Free-Agent and then load up with Young,cheaper Talent in the Draft

    Offense – OL Big V, WR N Agholor, RB J Howard, LT Jason Peters, QB Josh McCown , TE R Rogers, RB C Clement
    and probably QB N Sudfeld

    Defense – DT Tim Jernigan, LB N Bradham , LB Kamu Grueger-Hill , CB R Darby , Safety R McLeod,

    1. Paul by your comment 25% of the team will be different next year- as will most teams- you can’t predict a record in February based on that fact alone- only you would be so stupid to do so.

  10. Hahahhahaaa hah

    Paul still hasn’t found a new hobby or friends

    This website now has an article every 2 months

    And apparently is infested with robot accounts now?

    Lmfao pathetic.





  11. 76ers Suck, The Process was a Failure !!
    J Embiid is a Selfish Player who will never reach his potential as he’s too Damn lazy to get into the best condition that he can be
    Josh Richardson has been a disappointment
    ad has Al Horford..
    This Team will likely be a 6th or 7th Seed and won’t get past the First Round and cannot compete to the better Coached Teams ahead of them
    Tobias Harris has had a nice season but isnt a Franchise Player though he’s getting paid as one and is a little soft when Playoff Time cones around…
    I guess they’ll Fire Brett Brown but Joel Embiid is the Problem with this Team as he’s Selfish,Immature, just does his own thing and is becoming a Cancer in thr Lockerroom..
    he isn’t well-liked or respected around the NBA with other Players, Coaches or Officials and is his own worst enemy …
    It’s kind of a shame but the 76ers are going nowhere again with this Team

  12. MLB – NL East Predictions

    1) Atlanta Braves 97 – 65
    2) Washington Nationals 91-71
    3) NY Mets 83-79
    4) Philadelphia Phillies – 81-81
    5) Miami Marlins 70 – 92

  13. New Hamshire Democratic Primary Results

    1) Bernie Sanders 26 %
    2) Mayor Pete from South Bend – 23%
    3) Amy Kloubacher – 19 %
    4) Liz Warren – 17 %
    5) Joe Biden – 11 %

    Joe Biden is Done, Stick a Fork in Him !!

  14. Eagles Mock Draft (Version #2)

    1st Rd – WR Tee Higgins – Clemson (6-4 – 215lbs) — Huge Catch Radius and deceptive Downfield Speed, the Player that Alshon Jeffrey used to be 3-4 Years ago and would be a great Target for Carson Wentz

    2nd Rd – Safety Antoine Winfield Jr – Minnesota (5-10 – 205lbs ) A Ball Hawk with 7 Int’s last Season and can play Sideline to Sideline and Tackle and replaces Rodney McLeod in Schwartz Defense

    3rd Rd – WR Tyler Johnson – Minnesota (6-2 – 205lbs) Excellent Route Runner with Strong Hands and had 164 Receptions with 25 TD’s and a 15 Yard Average for Reception over his last 2 Seasons in College.. Can Play the Slot or Outside the numbers and be moved around multiple formations

    End of 3rd Rd (Compensatory Pick) – DL Marlon Davidson – Auburn (6-3 280lbs) Can Play Inside and Outside and help create a much needed Pass Rush/Push up the Interior alongside DT Fletcher Cox

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