The PGA Tour competed in Bermuda this weekend. It was beautiful. White sand beaches. Azure waters. Warm sea breezes and rum runners. The kind of place you would visit to put your worries aside and get away from your worries on, say, a week off.
Carson Wentz is scheduled to take the next flight. Because if anyone needed a vacation, it’s Wentz.
His work simply overwhelms him. It’s too much. He needs to reset his mind. So: No football for a week.
Cut its cable. Block his signal. Total grid silence.
Wentz made four more turnovers in the opening 31 minutes of the Eagles’ victory 23-9 on pathetic cowboys visiting on Sunday night football. He lost two fumbles and threw two interceptions, which puts him at 16 giveaways in eight games in 2020, two more turnovers than he had in 16 games last season. Wentz’s four lost fumbles and 12 interceptions this season both lead the NFL.
Want to get away from it all?
Wentz becomes the Russell Westbrook of the NFL. He’s an elite athlete who leads the team and makes brilliant plays, but his repeated and deadly mistakes diminish his worth and ultimately cost you wins.
“It must be better,” said Wentz, for the 35th time this season. “It’s really necessary, so that everyone takes time. It’s a long season, and with everything going on …”
Indeed, between social justice and COVID-19 initiatives and a shortened no-preseason boot camp, the world is turning for most 27-year-olds with new marriages and young children. It must be dizzying for America’s least patient and rabid city football quarterback. Prescription: Decompression.
At halftime, with Wentz having just three turnovers and the Cowboys leading 9-7, Eagles coach Doug Pederson admitted Wentz was pressing. Still.
Which is understandable, even for a fifth-year player making $ 128 million and one who had a Pro Bowl. He is finally the undisputed leader of the team after relying on Malcolm Jenkins to do this job for four years. He’s missed the biggest games of the year in the past three seasons with injury, and in two of those seasons Nick Foles has been successful in his absence. Wentz has to spend a statue of Foles’ best hour, in Super Bowl LII, every time he plays at Lincoln Financial Field.
No apologies, Pederson said:
“We cannot continue to return the ball. At the end of the line.
And, in April, the team used a valuable second-round pick on their apparent successor.
There is a lot of pressure in Carson Wentz’s world.
Want to get away from it all?
Leaving home is always complicated. He has a toddler at home. Travel is a haphazard proposition in the midst of a pandemic. But desperate times require desperate measures.
Is there another healthy player performing as inconsistently as Wentz? Maybe Cowboys backer Ezekiel Elliott, but he only touches the ball 20 times per game, and even that is negotiable. The only way to trade fewer hits for Wentz is to give that second-round rookie Jalen Hurts more hits and, at 3-4-1 and first in the NFC East, we’re not there.
The Eagles came in as a two-game winning team because of Wentz. He won them the two they won, and it cost them dearly in four of the other five. Why?
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Perhaps it is his porous, inexperienced offensive line, ripped open by an injury. Perhaps it’s a lack of familiarity with a group of young receivers who have also been forced to serve because veterans Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson remain crippled. The repeated absences of running back Miles Sanders, present for about 4 1/2 games, may not be enough. Perhaps Pederson can no longer figure out the right formula for play calls to maximize Wentz’s giveaways.
But let’s be realistic.
He’s been sacked 32 times and he’s been hit more than any other passer, but for every sack and every shot the line gives up, Wentz is holding the ball too long or missing a hot read on a blitz – sins that led to his two fumbles in the first half on Sunday night.
And, for every bad road, bad fall, or bad luck, of which there have been a lot, Wentz throws a bad ball.
He missed rookie Jalen Reagor who drove late in the first half for his first interception. Wentz is generally brilliant when driving on the right. He made the two iconic throws of his career rolling to the right and hitting the running backs in the end zone.
Wentz knocked down rookie John Hightower to start the second half for his second interception.
It seemed inevitable that Wentz would continue the collapse. He did not do it. He’s too tough mentally. He’s too gifted physically.
Wentz led the Eagles for 58 yards in eight games that ended in a 9-yard scrum and 9-yard dewdrop to Travis Fulgham, then threw a two-run pass, to make the score 15-9 .
More than anything, however, the Cowboys were just too bad to let Wentz lose.
Their patchwork offensive line, third-string quarterback, and listless demeanor left them with little luck. By the time they got the ball out of the end zone with four minutes left, they had converted just two of 13 third downs and quarterback Ben DiNucci had lost two fumbles. They arrived defeated and put on an absolute clown spectacle. Mike McCarthy and coordinator Kellen Moore wrote a series of plays straight out of Andy Reid’s feverish dream, circa 2001.
So, for the second game in a row, Wentz faced too little competition to capitalize on his horrific game. The Giants were just as bad. After these two games, he must flee.
OK, maybe Bermuda isn’t the right destination.
Maybe he just needs to find a blind duck near his home in South Jersey, take his dog out at dawn and snuggle up there in his waders with his shotgun and a few beers. .
No razor. No haircut.
See you in two weeks, Ginger Jesus.