johnreaves

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  1. Wentz did a good job dinking and dunking on third down, but made too many mistakes (the floaters to Agholor, the failure to see him at the end of the first half, and the pick six which was bad; not an unlucky deflection) and his inability to throw with any accuracy downfield is particularly disturbing. I hope he keeps chucking it long. It's they best way to start to improve his accuracy with those throws, I'd imagine. At this point, he's no Sam Bradford (or maybe not even Jared Goff). That's for sure.
  2. There is really one overarching question going into the season: Carson Wentz. How good we become is dependent on how good he becomes, especially at the biggest moments (in the red zone snd, more importantly, at the end of close games). I'm confident in him, though.
  3. It's will be fun to watch the first string offense play the whole game. There will certainly be some shots downfield in the passing game. We need to hit on one or two of them. Pressuring Cousins, or whatever QB we face, is always a key. If we do that and neutralize their run game they should struggle to score points and maybe produce a couple turnovers in our favor. I expect a somewhat lopsided win, say 27-17.
  4. I actually prefer a RB-by-committee approach. It not only throws curve balls at the opposing defenses and DC, it keeps all the backs fresher. This isn't the Big Ten anyway, it's the NFL. You don't win by pounding the rock, you win with the passing game.
  5. Apparently you also fail to see that when we had leads late we got conservative TOO early,and this allowed teams to come back vs our weak secondary.We got conservative while failing to keep the chains moving with the ground game.Carson did not lose those games-coaching(or lack thereof) did In every one of those games, except the Ravens game but including the Giants win, we had the ball late with opportunities to win and Wentz never once could make a play: find the open guy when there were some, could throw a ball to covered guy in a place that gave his WR a chance to win a 50-50 pass, throw deep with accuracy, or do anything else to matriculate the ball down the field. We never came from behind to win or tie a game late, except in the Baltimore game...which was a drive comprised of all running plays. We lost a late lead at Dallas following a Smallwood fumble and a fake punt. Same thing against the Lions on a Matthews fumble (which was the wrong call). In both cases we got the ball back only needing a FG to win but went nowhere. It may be fair to criticize the play calling but it's no excuse for Wentz's consistent inability to make a play late in games (or in the red zone) last year. He was ROOKIE and you are expecting Aaron Rodgers play? I'm expecting him to play in the fourth quarter as well as he does in the other three in close games. I expect him to do what Rodgers does, and Dak Prescott even did a number of times: step up and make plays when the game's on the line. It has nothing to do with the players around him too...to rise to the occasion and be at your best when it matters most That has nothing to do with experience necessarily either, though I'm hoping he just needs to do it once (maybe a late game winning drive where he makes throws under pressure) to get over the hump. So far, however, he hasn't done anything like that even once in a bunch of close games. Rodgers was great in his first season starting but it's an unfair comparison since AR sat behind Favre for 3 seasons first, as we both know.
  6. OK we get that you hate Wentz.It's all you talk about lol I love Wentz and root for him all the time; how can you not? It's what I talk about most with the Eagles (not ALL I talk about) because I believe it's the most important issue with the team. What I saw from him, given the fact he's going to be our QB a while (hopefully for a long while), should create a lot of concern. I have faith in him but it certainly wasn't matched by his play when it mattered, in multiple opportunities to step up too. He's the giant question mark that remains to be answered, not that there aren't other smaller ones. I would've like to have seen him make a couple plays with his arm here and there late in a couple of those close games we played. He really wasn't given the chance against Baltimore but in the other six close ones (including the win vs the Giants) he had chances and failed to convert any of them. I don't mean WIN the game necessarily, just make plays and give us a chance. In the Giants game, it could've been put away late a couple of times with just a FG. We won that game DESPITE Wentz's play late in that one, not because of it. I'm confident that he will become that elite guy, but not as much as I was on October 1st, or even November 1st of last year. If you were really objective you'd feel pretty much the same thing.
  7. Can't say I'm thrilled about it Fair and honest comment. We differ in our opinion on this however.
  8. You can assume, or believe, anything you want and I can have whatever concerns I have. None of it will affect what actually happens. I'm discussing what I've actually seen, and not seen, from Wentz (much of it is positive, too) and other QBs. What will be, will be. You say the O line struggled, I completely disagree, You say we didn't have an elite RB, I say most teams (including great teams) don't and it's a passing league anyway...Buffalo led the league in rushing and Cleveland and Tennessee both had 'elite' RBs. Wentz coming from a small school means nothing. So did many top NFL QBs like Big Ben, Joe Flacco, and Phil Simms (who come quickly to mind). Remember, Wentz's best games all came in his first month. Assume Wentz will be great if you want but his play last year doesn't warrant it. It's like me assuming Pumphrey will be great. I sure do hope he (Wentz...and Pumphrey too for that matter) turns out to be great but assuming it is based on nothing other than faith at this point. He consistently has been at his worst at the biggest points of games so far, which is the exact opposite of what's true of a great QB.
  9. Are you a relative of DWD? Always down about this team with nothing good to say? Stop being a Monday morning qb and give this team a chance to play a game this year at least. Watching Manning with the Colts the first year or not, his numbers are posted and sounds like that is all you need to compare two rookie qb, with one not expected to start his first year. Give me a break dude. Down on this team? You really don't know me. I began being an Eagles season ticket holder when Norm Snead was the QB. Also, I love Wentz and will defend the moves Howie made to get him even if he turns out to be terrible...which I highly doubt will be the case. I expect the best every season. If you really cared about the team as much as I do, and looked at them as objectively as I do (I record every game and usually look at them multiple times focusing on different players or units each time; I don't listen to what the guys on tv say to form my opinions), you be more concerned by what we've seen from Wentz than encouraged by it. I'm hoping he just needs to engineer a come from behind drive to get over a hump, and then continue to do it with more frequency. The stats don't matter nearly as much as what actually happens on the field. What makes the elite QBs truly elite is how reliable they are in big moments. So far, Wentz has been at his worst at these times, and that's not necessarily a function of experience. Like I said, hopefully it's just a matter of having some initial success at it and then having more as a result. Many fans understandably have concerns about other aspects of the team but seem to assume Wentz will be great, despite no evidence for it so far. When people argue against that they always say things like he was a rookie, he had bad WRs, etc...but give no explanation why his best games were his first four, why the receivers were good enough to take the lead against Dallas and Detroit into the 4th quarter but were suddenly weren't late in the game (no WRs dropped any balls late in those games). I'm not against Wentz, in fact I love the guy. How can you not? He's everything you want in a QB, if he's good enough. I'm concerned, however, by what I've seen so far. Nothing else matters with this team if he doesn't start to play well in the red zone and more importantly late in close games. The next decade of Eagles football depends more on him being an elite QB than anything else.
  10. And this means????? People say things here like he needs time, which I agree with, but doesn't mean every rookie QB has bad numbers like Wentz did. My issue is with the assumption that he'll be great in time and that he was even good last year. I compared him to Kaepernick because many of the same people who think Wentz showed so much think Kaep sucks and that's the reason he wasn't even invited to any of the 32 training camps. With the exception of his running Wentz didn't do much well last year and was consistently at his worst when the pressure got bigger, which is the exact opposite of what makes QBs elite. I'm hoping he'll be a different animal this year but that doesn't change last year's performance.
  11. WOW do I disagree with you.He has talent out the yingy,but you keep bashing him.It's a position that takes time.he can WIN just as well as any QB in the NFL given the TOOLS,which he NOW has What tools? With the exception of his escapability and mobility he's displayed none.
  12. What we need to see this year is improvement from Wentz. I give a QB 3 years before I start wondering if the pick was a mistake. Peyton Manning sucked year 1 I agree. Wentz needs to be good this year. I don't know what Peyton looked like his rookie year...and neither do you, unless you watched all of the Colts' games back then, but Carson showed nothing but great mobility last year. He played well at times but never when it mattered. Never, and he had multiple opportunities. Dak Prescott, on the other hand, made a number of plays late in close games. Yes he had better talent around him but HE made plays and gave the guys around him chances to make plays and Wentz never did. The past is the past and I hope Wentz makes the leap this year. All I'm saying is all we have is hope with him. He's offered no reason; no signs, to believe he can be the elite QB we need him to be. To assume he'll become Peyton Manning because PM was bad as a rookie and Wentz was too is ridiculous.
  13. You remember Kaepernick, don't you? He's the 29 year old QB who isn't good enough to warrant even a look, along with the other 120 QBs or so, at ANYONE'S training camp. Don't need a punk in Philly I guess you don't like Malcom Jenkins being on the Eagles, or Chris Long who showed his support for Jenkins' national anthem protest. I guess they're punks we don't need in Philly too.
  14. The ineffective running game was 11th, and the team led the league in time of possession. We were also 16th in points. We were, however, 24th in passing and 27th in quarterback rating. You can blame that all on the WRs if you want but it ignores any role the QB might've played completely. The offensive line was good, the running game was good, the linebackers were good, but so what? We had six losses that were close at the end compared to only one close win (which was a gift from Eli, and a very generous late non-pass interference call from the officials). Wentz failed to do anything at the end of any of those close losses (or even the Giants win, which shouldn't have been close and only was because Wentz was terrible late in that game too), except a run for a TD late in the Ravens game (the drive to get us there was all runs), to give us a chance. It wasn't the receivers that failed at the end of those games, either...it was Wentz. Yes, he was thrown into the fire with little real preparation, and yes he was a rookie. His best games, however, were in the first month and then he got progressively worse. Losing Lane after 4 games didn't hurt??? But Wentz failed? How about the WR's who couldn't catch a cold.I'm sure they were EXCELLENT and it's ALL Carsons fault.And there were ZERO "iffy " plays calls.Yep it was all Wentz's fault(eye roll) Losing our right tackle? PLEASE....and yes the WRs sucked but that doesn't excuse Wentz's poor play, especially at the biggest moments. There were a few games, like the first Dallas game and the Lions game where CW played very well all game until late in the game then just disappeared. Those games weren't Wentz's fault, but he's shown zero ability to rise to the occasion (or some other things you need your QB to do). He's NEVER yet brought the team back to win, and the one time they came back last year to tie the drive was all running plays (against the Ravens). I'm rooting for Carson big time (we need him to play at a high level) but the truth is, so far he's been very mobile but has done nothing well with his arm.
  15. Apparently you also fail to see that when we had leads late we got conservative TOO early,and this allowed teams to come back vs our weak secondary.We got conservative while failing to keep the chains moving with the ground game.Carson did not lose those games-coaching(or lack thereof) did In every one of those games, except the Ravens game but including the Giants win, we had the ball late with opportunities to win and Wentz never once could make a play: find the open guy when there were some, could throw a ball to covered guy in a place that gave his WR a chance to win a 50-50 pass, throw deep with accuracy, or do anything else to matriculate the ball down the field. We never came from behind to win or tie a game late, except in the Baltimore game...which was a drive comprised of all running plays. We lost a late lead at Dallas following a Smallwood fumble and a fake punt. Same thing against the Lions on a Matthews fumble (which was the wrong call). In both cases we got the ball back only needing a FG to win but went nowhere. It may be fair to criticize the play calling but it's no excuse for Wentz's consistent inability to make a play late in games (or in the red zone) last year.