The past year has featured a lot of narratives on Carson Wentz. Whether it was the Foles fan club wanting Wentz out of town, the “injury prone” label, the unclutch take, opinions are flying all over the place and the newest one is equally as inaccurate as the others.
The newest of these takes comes from an Eagles legend. Donovan McNabb joined the Zach Gelb show on CBS Sports Radio and had this to say about the franchise quarterback.
“I think in the next two years or so he has to find a way to get out of the second round of the playoffs. What Nick Foles was able to do taking them to the Super Bowl … proved that some people can get into that offense and be very successful. (Wentz) hasn’t been healthy, he hasn’t really proven to me besides the year before he got hurt and the first year of really (being) an MVP candidate. He needs to get back to that mode. I think personally if he can’t get out of the second round in the next two, maybe three years. Really two years to be honest with you, if they can’t get out of the second round, they should look to possibly draft another quarterback because you just don’t know about his durability.”
While McNabb isn’t wrong that Wentz needs to stay healthy, saying the Eagles should look for his replacement in a few years if Philadelphia doesn’t make it to the NFC Championship game is just irresponsible.
It also is pretty hypocritical considering McNabb went seven years without getting back to the Super Bowl before he retired. Notice he said the NFC Championship and not the Super Bowl…..
Of course the Eagles have title expectations. They are built to compete for championships for the foreseeable future and it would be disappointing if they don’t make deep runs into the postseason. But let’s be reasonable. There are hundreds of reasons a season could fall short that don’t have to do with the QB.
Wins is a team stat. It is not an individual stat.
Ask yourself this, should the Miami Dolphins have moved on from Dan Marino when they consistently failed to get back to the big game after Marino’s second year? He is one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. However, Miami made just one more conference championship game in his career. Was keeping him a mistake?
How about Peyton Manning? Manning took five seasons before finally winning a playoff game with the Indianapolis Colts. Was it a mistake that the Colts kept him?
If Carson Wentz is the reason the Eagles fall short for the next four years, then maybe you start to think twice. To just say if Wentz (not the Eagles) doesn’t get to the NFC Championship in the next two years than Philadelphia should find someone else? That is just lazy analysis.
It is a lazy take from a player who should know better. McNabb played with the Eagles six more years after making the Super Bowl. He saw his defense age, and the front office fail to get him weapons until his final 2009 season.
Should the Eagles have moved on from McNabb after Jeff Garcia took them to the second round in 2006? How about in 2007 after going 8-8?
We shouldn’t be surprised really. The trend to get attention the past year and a half has been to form strong takes on Wentz whether reasonable or not.
Impact of paying a QB
On today’s Locked on Eagles podcast:
Does paying a QB big money hold a team back from contention?
What does history tell us?
Is the concern about paying any player this amount of money or is it about Wentz himself?
Ranking the roster
On today’s Locked on Eagles:
Are the Eagles and Carson Wentz about to get a deal done?
Is Joe Douglas the next Jets GM?
Ranking the Eagles positions from strongest to weakest
On today’s Locked on Eagles podcast:
Where do the starting quarterbacks in the NFL belong based on tiers?
Where is Carson Wentz among the other 31 starters?
How many “elite” QBs are there?