Philadelphia – We all know that Carson Wentz He moved long ago from vultures, as well as vultures from Wentz.
But now that Wentz is back in NFC East with a stretch Washington leadersthe Eagles have to face him twice each season, starting on September 25 in Washington.
So the comparison is relevant here.
Sure, it’s good to say the Eagles fare better with Jalen Hurts than with Wentz. It’s also easy to come to this conclusion after seeing it Wentz disaster with three interceptions a day Monday during the training camp leaders.
Reporters at the practice were booed by fans and largely booed over the fact that the team secured Wentz’s $28 million contract for 2022. This decision, in large part, forced the leaders to ditch veterans like Landon Collins, Matt Ioannidis and others because this The decision had to fit Wentz’s contract under the salary cap.
But really, the reasons why the Eagles did better with Hertz run much deeper than a bad day during the first week of boot camp.
We saw some on Tuesday with a steamy morning practice as Hurts hooked a deep ball with Galen Rigor, went on to score his first AJ Brown, and made good overall decisions with the ball.
Yes, the usual caveats certainly apply either way.
Wentz certainly isn’t as bad as his 3-INT day. Hurts threw one interception in each of the Eagles’ first three practices, including a brutal one he threw across his body while running to his left.
However, Hurts is a schoolboy in the game, and it doesn’t take much to see that he’s not above criticism. He’s also in a much better position, with better players around him. He is in the same system, with the same coaches for the second year in a row.
Wentz, meanwhile, is on his third team in three seasons. He pretty much ran out of Indianapolis last season after a rough end to the season. This came a year after it was reported that he had asked the Eagles to trade him in large part because he did not want to compete with Hurts for the primary position after being benched for the last 4 games of the 2020 season.
“I think it’s in the details,” Hurts said of his improvement. “I think the details are fine-tuned and fine-tuned over time. And from year one to year two, doing the same offense…fixing the same things, tweaking them, trying to do the things that (the coaches) think are most helpful, you’ll start to tune in more.”
“It just takes time. And it will be that way for years to come.”
Remember Hurts will only be 24 next week. There is still plenty of room for growth. Meanwhile, Wentz will turn 30 in December. It looks more and more like he hit his ceiling in 2017 during the Super Bowl season for the Eagles when he was on his way to being named the league’s Most Valuable Player before he tore up the AFC Champions League.
And on paper, it certainly looks like Wentz had a good season in 2021, or statistically better than Hurts. Wentz had 27 touchdown passes for seven interceptions, compared to Hurts’ 16 and 9.
But look closely.
Completion percentages and passer ratings were nearly the same (62.4% and 92.4 for Wentz, compared to 61.3% and 87.2 for Hurts), with both quarterbacks being mediocre at best in those categories.
But you can make the argument that Hurts’ running ability should also be taken into account. Hurts led all NFL quarterbacks in dash yards with 784 and scored 10 touchdowns, a record for the Eagles for a TDs rush by a quarterback. Combine that with Hurts yard passes and TD passes, and he’ll total 3,928 yards with 26 TDs.
Add Wentz’s streaming yards and TDs and you end up with 3778 and 27.
Sure, both teams finished with the same record, 9-8, but the Eagles made the playoffs and the generators didn’t. And a lot of that is on Wentz.
After all, the Colts were so disgusted with Wentz’s performance during those last two games, when they only needed one win to make the playoffs, that they replaced him with Washington before they even knew who would replace him. Turns out it’s Ryan’s death, and you wouldn’t know it, the ponies really care about Ryan’s professionalism, as well as his accuracy.
After all, Wentz was particularly brutal in that season finale against sad Jacksonville sacks. He also missed the entire week of training in the penultimate week of the game against the Las Vegas Raiders after testing positive for COVID-19. He was unvaccinated.
The intangibles of the midfield are as important as the stats.
Sure enough, Hurts had a brutal final as well, throwing three interceptions in a supplemental loss to the Buccaneers. But Hurts took the break making sure that didn’t happen again, traveling from Texas to California to Philadelphia to work with his QB coaches and teammates.
It’s safe to say that in the grand scheme of things, Wentz 3 interceptions day in the first week of training camp will soon become a distant memory. He will probably come back with some good days and post some great stats.
It’s entirely possible that Hurts will follow his strong performance on Monday and Tuesday with his share of struggles, missed throws and interceptions.
However, it won’t be for lack of trying, Eagles coach Nick Siriani explained by breaking all of Hurts’ objections.
“Two of them are bad decisions,” he said. “One was a bad decision in the pocket. One was a bad decision on the go. The other, a miss throw the ball and Marcus (Epps) really made an incredible play. You’re going to miss some throws…but the ones you correct hard are those bad decisions.”
In other words, there is much that is possible. Compare that with Wentz. His achievement percentage last season, which ranked 25th in the NFL — ahead of Hurts at 26 — reflects his 62.6% career percentage.
What you see is what you get with Wentz. In Washington, after the last two seasons with Taylor Hynek, that’s probably an improvement. It definitely looks that way to star receiver Terry McLaurin. With the Hurts, the Eagles can expect more, not only because the Hurts are determined to improve, but because the Eagles have a better team around them.
Most importantly, Hurts can do more, especially as a runner. When Wentz was at his best, in 2017, he added that dimension as well. But after serious knee and back injuries over the years, he’s not the quarterback anymore.
“Just take steps every day,” Hurts said. “Do a better job than I did last time. It’s simple. I don’t want to make it more difficult than it is. Just pushing myself, pushing the players around me to be a better captain and a better midfielder for the team.”
This article originally appeared in the Delaware News Journal: The Eagles are better off with Galen Hurtz as QB on Carson Wentz