Heating Up

Posted: February 5th, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Comments Off on Heating Up

Remember the classic line from the movie Anchorman, “That escalated quickly”? It sure feels like that would be a good description for the Carson Wentz situation. Just a few days ago we were trying to figure out if Wentz and the new coach would get along.


Wow. Crazy.

Some see these reports and question why the Eagles would be willing to trade a QB that other teams are interested in. If the other teams think they can fix him, can’t the Eagles? Are the Eagles really going to find a replacement who is more talented?

This is where we need to understand the situation.

Wentz doesn’t want to stay in Philly.

Read that again. Wentz doesn’t want to stay in Philly. He wants out.

This isn’t a case of the Eagles giving up on Wentz. They are simply seeing that he has no interest in returning. You can’t make a player be happy. You can’t make him want to be here. At that point, you have to move on. A QB who doesn’t fully buy isn’t someone you want running your offense. That position demands total commitment. Anything less and you’re just wasting your time.

We don’t know the exact reasons that Wentz is still angry. I thought firing Doug Pederson and hiring a Frank Reich protege would help mend the situation. For whatever reason, things went very sideways between Wentz and Pederson. I look forward to reading the book on that situation a few years down the road. I thought Wentz and the team could still work things out. Oops.

This does not seem to be a fixable situation.

You are now in damage control mode. For the Eagles, that means coming up with the best trade possible. This team has made some major mistakes in recent years, but they seem to be doing a good job of creating a trade market for Wentz. I had serious doubts about them having a realistic chance to get a first rounder, but the rumors we’re hearing now make that sound possible. Heck, maybe even likely.

The key to getting good return is for multiple teams to be involved in the discussions.


Those are three we’ve heard about. Other teams could be interested. The Broncos and Niners make some sense. You could wonder about the Jets, Patriots and possibly the Raiders. All it takes is for multiple teams to make offers and you can play them off each other.

For all his faults, GM Howie Roseman is good at trades. Remember that he once used Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell to move inside the Top 10.

The Eagles aren’t going to get some massive offer, but it feels like they might do better than I originally anticipated. It is critical to add resources since this team needs more than just one or two players to get things turned around and headed in the right direction.


Bo covers a lot of ground in his piece. There is a lot to consider when you think about dealing Wentz and the Eagles QB situation moving forward.


I’m ready for Wentz to be gone. I’m not anti-Wentz, but I’m tired of the drama. This marriage just isn’t going to last. Move on.

I do feel genuinely bad for the kids who love Wentz.


When you’re a kid, you don’t care about the salary cap, contracts or relationships. You just know which players you love. I got lucky that my favorite players stayed put for a while (Dr. J with the Sixers and Eddie Murray with the Orioles). I was heartbroken when Reggie left the Eagles, but I was 23 and able to use PBR and Funyuns to ease my pain.


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