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!!

Kevin Neibauer

Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.



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