CARSON Wentz was just “dissed” by the national media, yet again. The other day, the NFL released a story asking whether last year’s number one overall pick, Rams QB Jared Goff, could catch up to Cowboys QB Dak Prescott. Observe:
Instead of complaining immediately, I gave it a day or so, first. Just to see if the league’s scribes would show Wentz some love in a separate or subsequent article. Two days went by, and the only mention of him is in relation to whether or not the Eagles have a playoff chance this year.
For his part, I’m sure that Wentz would say that he doesn’t pay attention to such things, that his focus is on getting better to help this team win, blah blah, and boilerplate. Personally I think that’s a load of horseshit, but Wentz is is trying to be a class act, publicly. So I’ve decided to be publicly pissed on his behalf. I’m hoping more Eagles fans will join me on this one.
I don’t want to downplay, minimize, or take away any credit for Dak Prescotts’s fluke rookie season. While being carried by a very good run game, he managed to do some nice things until the stage got too big for him. I can fully and freely acknowledge that. It’s only natural that the league would want to compare other young QB’s against him.
What has me steamed is that the guy held up as competition for Prescott, is Goff. Wentz started 16 games last year, to Goff’s 7. Wentz won 7 of his starts, while Goff won none of his, and even managed to get blown out in 4 of those games. Wentz looked like a guy becoming a franchise QB, while Goff looked like…
However, the national media did what it’s used to doing, and skipped completely over the Eagles. In most cases it’s hard for me to get mad over it. Being honest here, since the days of Ray Rhodes, we rarely have had many players on the roster who fans outside of Philly felt like talking about.
Ricky Watters, Donovan McNabb, Terrell Owens, Jevon Kearse, LeSean McCoy, Brian Dawkins and Jeremiah Trotter. Those were Eagles that you could expect fans of other teams to not just know, but possibly bring up themselves. Not just sports reporters, but actual fans.
Guys like Brian Westbrook, Corey Simon, Sheldon Brown, Jon Runyan, Trent Cole, and Jason Peters, are all guys Eagles fans think highly of, but if you run these names by (for example) the average Jaguars fan, you’ll probably get a blank stare.
Wentz on the other hand, was picked number two overall last year so that already puts him on the national stage. He then played circles around the guy picked a spot ahead of him. Given that most think Wentz will become a legit franchise QB, there is no way he should be an afterthought in this discussion. As I said, I can generally understand it when Eagles players get overlooked, but this oversight was nothing short of egregious. This was practically a deliberate snub.
As I said before, Wentz is too classy point out, or seriously acknowledge this insult. A fist fight in mud isn’t how he conducts himself publicly. But I’m an Eagles fan. That’s just my game.
So if you’re mad about our QB being slighted, join me in telling the NFL to go blow a cactus. Get your friends involved. Stepping over our QB for a half-wit like Goff? That shouldn’t go unanswered.