Eagles overreactions: Carson Wentz fixes an issue, however now he has a brand new and greater one
The Eagles are 0-2.
Sunday’s loss to the Rams was a sport that began horribly, then abruptly felt winnable – till it wasn’t. So much went fallacious.
Let’s discuss it some prompt overreactions… besides they won’t be overreactions.
1. Oh no, Carson Wentz has an interception downside now
Coming into this season, there have been loads of query marks surrounding Carson Wentz’s sport: accuracy, fumbles, consistency, and so forth. One downside that did not exist via his first 4 years? Interceptions.
Effectively, you’ll be able to formally add it to the listing.
Wentz threw simply seven interceptions in every of the final three years, however he already has 4 to date this season, they usually’ve largely been dangerous throws. The interceptions final week got here on first downs, in opposition to a protection that was on its heels, and actually killed the Eagles as their lead slipped away in opposition to Washington.
In opposition to the Rams, Wentz as soon as once more killed momentum, this time forcing a throw into the top zone because the Eagles tried to take the lead in opposition to the Rams within the third quarter, or no less than slim the hole.
I imply, that is only a dangerous resolution from 11:
He additionally threw a late-fourth quarter INT, whereas down 18 and making an attempt to stage an inconceivable comeback.
Having a quarterback who avoids repeatedly turning the ball over is simple to take with no consideration – as I consider many did via Wentz’s first 4 years – till it is gone. Wentz does not wish to neuter the offense and turn out to be a checkdown artist who by no means takes possibilities, all to restrict turnover alternatives. However his interceptions this 12 months have been very troubling.
2. Jim Schwartz’s protection is a big downside
In Week 1, the Eagles’ protection smothered Dwayne Haskins and Washington within the first half earlier than succumbing to brutal discipline place and tons of time on the sphere within the second half. There have been excuses aplenty for permitting 20 second-half factors to a foul Washington staff.
However on Sunday on the Linc, the Eagles’ protection was merely ineffective – particularly in opposition to the passing sport – for gigantic chunks of time. The move rush did not put almost sufficient stress on Jared Goff, who is not a notable improviser. Goff completed with a 74.1% completion proportion for 267 yards and three touchdowns.
The linebacker corps typically regarded misplaced in the midst of the sphere. Cooper Kupp was repeatedly broad open for straightforward, uncontested catches. And 40-yard rush proper after the Eagles lower it to 5 within the fourth quarter? Adopted by a way-too-easy landing move to Tyler Higbee? Simply brutal.
That is dangerous information:
The Rams have 181 speeding yards. That is the fourth-most in opposition to the Eagles since Jim Schwartz grew to become their defensive coordinator.
— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) September 20, 2020
Oh, and outdoors of the Kupp punt fumble, Schwartz’s protection as soon as once more didn’t create bonus alternatives for the offense by forcing any turnovers.
Ideally, the Eagles would be capable of rating sufficient to at all times keep in video games. However that is not going to be the case this 12 months, so Schwartz’s unit must get it collectively and begin displaying up, as a result of higher groups (and quarterbacks) are on the horizon.
3. It is time to surrender on JJ Arcega-Whiteside
The Summer time of JJ Arcega-Whiteside fooled us all.
The second-year wideout, a second-round draft decide in 2019, was hailed as displaying actual enchancment throughout coaching camp, however after two weeks this season it is clear that he merely does not match within the NFL. By way of 18 profession video games, he hasn’t belonged on the sphere.
Within the Eagles’ Week 1 loss, Arcega-Whiteside noticed 28 snaps and did not have a single goal. He could not get open, regardless of DeSean Jackson’s inconsistent presence on the sphere.
This week, Arcega-Whiteside noticed two targets. One was a straight-up drop on third & 2, with the Eagles down 14-3, resulting in a punt and an extended Rams scoring drive, and the opposite was Wentz’s third-quarter interception, the place Wentz tried to make one thing occur regardless of Arcega-Whiteside clearly being double-covered.
The INT was a foul resolution by Wentz, but it surely additionally highlighted the one factor that Arcega-Whiteside does whereas working routes: fail to get open.
In the event you actually wish to torture your self, go take a look at Arcega-Whiteside’s profession stat line – 10 catches, 169 yards, 1 landing in 18 video games – after which go take a look at DK Metcalf’s 2020 stat line after the Seahawks’ Sunday Evening Soccer sport. You’ll be very sad.