Is Carson Wentz the Eagles Savior or Pariah?

One of the best jobs in the City of Brotherly Love has to be a backup quarterback. Insert name here…Anyone who is employed by the Philadelphia Eagles and is tagged as the “back up”, is an instant favorite.

The fickle world of football has a long and at times, arduous season. Ups and downs, like the fan base emotions, are on a 17-week (maybe longer) roller coaster ride. Carson Wentz arrived in town and was immediately dubbed as a savior for the franchise. Having been to the dance, the NFL Super Bowl, the Birds always left the affair without their date. Wentz would surely change all that… wouldn’t he?

In a season where nearly everything went right, Wentz went down with a season-ending injury. Enter… the backup, Nick Foles. The rest, as they say, is history. Wentz came back healthy and shortly thereafter, Foles packed his bags for Florida. The Iggles started slow and the “We shoulda kept Foles” comments were getting popular.

All will agree that the Savior has had a less than stellar 2019 season. Does that make him a pariah suddenly? If you ranked the receiving corps on a 1 to 10 standard with 1 being the best, the team grades out at 12! Nelson Agholor apparently forgot his job title and allows the opposing defense to pad their pass defense numbers. Running game, more like the walking game… Philly secondary is just that, secondary.

So, a team that can’t run the ball to chew up time, a group of receivers who have been subpar, and a defense that cannot force any team to go three-and-out on a steady basis, trickles down with everything landing squarely on the “Ginger Jesus”. Ineffective receivers and no quality dump off back signals doom. An older, slower offensive line and having to come from behind are the ingredients to a non-playoff season. Wentz is in the spotlight and fans are not applauding asking for an encore. Of course, a victory over Seattle quiets the naysayers. At least for seven days… Welcome to Philadelphia Eagles football!!

Gary Groob

Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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