BRIAN WESTBROOK BREAKS DOWN EVERYTHING THAT’S WRONG WITH CARSON WENTZ
Brian Westbrook – inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in in 2015 and included in the first round of the 2016 nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame – is an understandably beloved Philadelphia Eagle. And although he’s now retired and years removed from his fantastic career, he is still watching his former team closely.
During a recent appearance on Philadelphia radio’s 97.5 The Fanatic, Westbrook had plenty to say about current rookie quarterback Carson Wentz’s performance against Seattle, as well as his entire season so far. And let’s just say, he did not bite his tongue.
“IT STARTS AT THE TOP AND WORKS ITS WAY DOWN TO OUR ‘GOLDEN CHILD’ QUARTERBACK CARSON WENTZ,” WESTBROOK SAID. “LET’S CALL A SPADE A SPADE. AGAINST THAT DEFENSE, IF YOU STARE DOWN RECEIVERS, THERE ARE GOING TO BE INTERCEPTIONS. WENTZ HAS TO PLAY BETTER.”
Wow, bro. Tell us how you really feel. Apparently the fact that Wentz is a rookie and was facing a prolific defense was no excuse, either.
“I KNOW HE IS DEALING WITH THE RECEIVERS, HE’S A ROOKIE BUT HE WAS ALSO A ROOKIE THE FIRST THREE GAMES OF THE SEASON. HE WASN’T FORCING THE BALL TO BRYCE TREGGS BEING DOUBLE COVERED. IF YOU WANT TO THROW THAT BALL, YOU HAVE TO GET THAT BALL UP EARLY.”
“YOU CAN’T WAIT TO THROW IT AND THEN UNDERTHROW THE KID. HE’S A FAST KID. GET THE BALL UP EARLY. CARSON WENTZ PANICKED. HE THROWS BASICALLY A HAIL MARRY ON SECOND DOWN INTO DOUBLE COVERAGE WITH EARL THOMAS AND RICHARD SHERMAN.
“WENTZ HAS TO BE ABLE TO SAY, ‘LET’S GO TO THE THIRD DOWN. I AM NOT GOING TO THROW THAT BALL.’ YOU CAN’T MAKE THOSE TYPES OF MISTAKES. YOU CAN’T BLAME IT ON BEING A ROOKIE.”
Well technically those are the exact types of things that you can blame on being a rookie in one of the most difficult positions in all of professional sports. It’s always interesting to hear how guys who never played quarterback critique the position; because while they may never have had to call the plays and the shots the way that a QB does, a starting running back of Westbrook’s caliber has a front row seat to the the best and worst of the offense.
In the end, Westbrook’s assessment is probably coming from a good place. If he didn’t believe that Wentz was capable of being as successful as the guy that we all saw in the first three weeks of the season, he wouldn’t be so critical.