There was no lack of drama in the Eagles’ 17-9 loss to Seattle. It all started with Carson Wentz.
The Eagles quarterback just seemed a tick off all afternoon, from overthrowing open receivers to turning the ball over (three fumbles, two interceptions) to taking unnecessary sacks. He was booed off the field by Eagles fans at the end of the first half.
Wentz also was spotted visiting the medical tent to start the fourth quarter and jogged off the field for a few minutes. But he didn’t miss any snaps and returned on the team’s next offensive possession.
The signal-caller was seen grasping at his right hand — that’s Wentz’s throwing hand — after making a tackle following a lost fumble. At first, it was feared to be a concussion.
After the game, head coach Doug Pederson confirmed Wentz underwent an X-ray on his right hand but the results were negative. He did leave the locker room with the hand wrapped up in a bag of ice.
Pederson said Wentz would be evaluated further on Monday by team doctors. Josh McCown remains the backup quarterback and would start in case of emergency.
It was a downright dismal day for Wentz and the entire Eagles’ offense. He was 33-of-45 for 256 yards while throwing two interceptions and losing two of his three fumbles.
Doug Pederson Shoulders Blame, Not Wentz’s Fault
Doug Pederson’s offense finished with 344 total yards, including a meaningless late touchdown to Zach Ertz that pushed the score to 17-9. They missed on the two-point conversion with under one minute to go.
As bad as Carson Wentz looked — losing two of three fumbles — Pederson wasn’t ready to blame the sloppy outing all on his quarterback.
“Our issues on offense today were not about Carson Wentz. Obviously, he’s a part of it,” head coach Doug Pederson told reporters. “This is an offensive issue. It starts with me. I’ve got to make my own assessment of my own performance and then we’ll coach the players this week.”
The coach added that the team had a great week of preparation at practice and couldn’t put a finger on what exactly went wrong.
Pederson said the decision to rest Jordan Howard, Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jefferey was a calculated one. He wanted them healthy for any potential playoff run.
“They weren’t there yet,” Pederson said.
Meanwhile, Wentz was quick to shoulder the blame. The quarterback said Eagles fans had every right to boo him and he knows he has to play better.
“You never want to hear it, but it is what it is. That’s this city, that’s this fan base,” Wentz said. “I’m frustrated too. They have every right when we are playing poorly to let us know.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, Nick Foles began trending on Twitter in the Philadelphia area. Foles is now quarterback for the Jaguars and they were playing Tennessee at 4:25 p.m.