Whether it has been warranted or not, criticism has come the way of arguably the most beloved Eagle since Brian Dawkins.
While some of the criticism is just, a large portion of it is click bait and a product of a frustrating 2018 season all around.
An accurate point about Carson Wentz’s play this year is the lack of big plays and a lack of big plays coming from Wentz scrambling.
While his accuracy from the pocket has vastly improved, those Houdini-like moments from 2017 outside the pocket have only reappeared a few times.
Until last night.
From the first drive on Washington struggled to get Wentz to the ground. It helped spark a touchdown drive for the offense’s first possession of the game.
That has been rare territory for an offense that has been the worst first quarter unit in the NFL.
Eagles fans still aren’t sure how Wentz dropped this pass perfectly into Golden Tate’s chest. The majority of them thought the ball was simply being thrown away.
On the touchdown play of this drive, Wentz pulled off some more magic.
Wentz tries to escape outside and when he is met by Washington LB Ryan Anderson, Wentz makes a great cut back inside (turning Anderson inside-out). By holding onto the football longer, Golden Tate gets more time to beat his one on one match up in the back of the end zone which he takes care of.
More often than not this season, Wentz in these types of situations has stayed grounded in the pocket and may not have waited long enough to find Tate on this route.
It is a dangerous play but his willingness to try and pull these off is a big part of why the Eagles fell in love with the North Dakota product.
Head Coach Doug Pederson knew getting this element back to the offense was crucial. He installed a lot of designed plays for Wentz to throw on the run. Specifically with play action.
Carson Wentz went 6-7 and threw for a career-high 100 yards on passes outside the pocket on Monday.
All of those passes came off play-action. Wentz also set a career-high with 163 play-action passing yards. pic.twitter.com/rG0lDBrzhX
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 4, 2018
Wentz was able to connect on four 25+ yard completions and he could have had more if the game was closer. The offense went run-centric to have Josh Adams close out the win.
With weapons up the wazoo on offense, adding a scrambling Wentz on a consistent basis will be a huge boost to the Eagles playoff hopes.
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With the season on the line, on the road, against one of the best teams in the NFL, Nick Foles and the Eagles kept their playoff hopes alive with a 30-23 victory against the Rams.
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Will he be the guy the rest of the reason including perhaps playoffs?
Louie and Gino break down the memorable victory over the Rams.
No easy way out
By Lars Lewis
The term ‘No Easy Way Out’ refers to a song by Robert Tepper from a famous movie involving a couple key factors that relate to what was witnessed Sunday night in Los Angeles.
One factor, a fighter from Philadelphia whose back is against the wall and senses the walls closing in as he encounters the other factor, a cyborg-like monster who has wiped out essentially any sort of defense that’s faced him.
Yes, there was a lot of Rocky IV in this game and I’ll explain why.
It seemed the Eagles, who had once again called upon their Rocky Balboa in Nick Foles, longed for one more puncher’s chance against a foe that could certainly put away their faint playoff hopes for good.
We’re not indestructible,
Baby better get that straight
I think it’s unbelievable
How you give into the hands of fate
So you figured out the first piece of the puzzle, but what about that certain monster who loomed so large over Rocky physically but also mentally?
Yeah, that was Ivan Drago, and Sean McVay fits him to a tee.
I mean think about it. Blonde, spiky hair, blue eyes, chiseled face, and a borderline unfair amount of gifts both possess(ed). Drago’s superhuman power and technique coincides with McVay’s absurd memory that teeters between scary and let’s face it, rather annoying.
Doug Pederson, following the highest of highs last season when he beat Lord Palpa…err I mean Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl, has never faced the kind of scrutiny the way he’s had this year and especially leading into the game Sunday.
I see all the angry faces
Afraid that could be you and me
Talkin about what might have been
I’m thinkin about what I used to be
When it got to game time in the L.A. Coliseum, just like Rocky when he walked to the ring in Moscow, the Eagles knew they were fueled by a burning desire set ablaze through a heartbreaking defeat in Dallas coinciding with Rocky’s loss of Apollo in the film.
Foles throughout the first three quarters resembled the Foles we all saw on that fateful February night, hitting Alshon Jeffrey for big gains, moving it up and down the field and consistently getting into the red-zone to allow his trio of running backs to do their damage.
“You see he’s not a machine! He’s a man!” Tony “Duke” Evers
The Rams as the Chicago Bears proved last week, are indeed human and Foles, along with a sterling performance from Jim Schwartz’ defense for most of the night, has assured Rocko one more round as they play Houston and then close the season in D.C for maybe, just maybe, a second shot at the title.
There’s no easy way out there’s no shortcut home