This year, the Eagles had to injure themselves starter by starter, be content with men who had taken them off the road or unsubscribed from their training team. Somehow, they rallied to win their last four regular season games 9-7, win NFC East, and secure a place in the playoffs.
Much of it is thanks to quarterback Carson Wentz, who this season doesn't stick to Philadelphia’s growing injury report. After his last two seasons were marked by injuries, the signal caller playing in the fourth year is finally ready to lead his team through a playoff run.
Wentz has been wearing Eagles' offenses throughout the season, justifying his $ 154 million six-year extension, which he signed last season, despite his injury history. He collected 4,039 yards and 27 touchdowns with seven interceptions, which was good for a 93.1 pass rating. This happened despite the fact that numerous starters were often missing on the offensive and many of the weapons that he had expected earlier in the year were missing; He lost his three best recipients, his close end and his two best second half rounds throughout the season.
In the past four weeks, when the Eagles were sitting at 5-7 a.m. and saw their playoff hopes wane, Wentz threw 1,199 yards, seven touchdowns, and no interceptions. The Eagles won all four games to advance to the playoffs. He was the first quarterback to throw over 4,000 yards without a wide receiver with more than 500 receiving yards.
Now he has earned the right to lead the Eagles through a playoff run – an uncharted territory for the former North Dakota star.
"[Wentz] no longer has to focus on leading this team and doing the things that have made it successful here, ”coach Doug Pederson told reporters Thursday. "I don't want to burden him or put him under even more pressure. Just the game itself, it's a unique mentality and I want him to play freely and not have to worry about things in the past that are outside of us at this point We’re going to focus on Seattle. ”
After a promising rookie campaign, Wentz played at MVP level in his second season before a torn ACL ended it after 13 games. In these 13 games, Wentz led the Eagles to an 11-2 record, throwing 3,296 yards, a whopping 33 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. These 33 touchdowns took second place in the league, though Wentz missed three games, and his 101.9 point rating was the fourth best in the league.
Nick Foles went on to lead this team to a Super Bowl title and to perform historically in a 41-33 win over the Patriots.
Although the team had a 5: 6 record, Wentz experienced another season in 2018 that was short-lived. He threw 3,074 yards, 21 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and a passer rating of 102.2 in 11 games, but a compression of the spine fractured his season short. Foles brought the team into the NFC Divisional Round, and the debates centered on Philadelphia, who was the right quarterback for the Eagles to stay in the future.
In the end, the Eagles decided to have Foles signed with the Jaguars and extend Wentz even though he was unable to stay healthy. A few months after this decision, Wentz answered all of his questions.
"What Carson Wentz did in the last 6 weeks of his season is far more impressive than what he did in 2017," said former backup quarterback and current ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky tweeted, "Everything. Every single thing that everyone said" he couldn't or couldn't, "he struck with the Thorhammer. He didn't talk – just did it. Nobody wants to see 11."