Doug Pederson Was Right to Not Bench Carson Wentz

The dust has settled after the Philadelphia Eagles’ dramatic victory on Sunday Night Football. Yes, Philadelphia defeated the dreaded Dallas Cowboys. But the game was not without its countless blunders and mistakes. Most of which, were made by starting quarterback Carson Wentz. Many armchair aficionados were clamoring for the 5th year starter to be benched. He wasn’t, and he shouldn’t have been and here’s a few reasons why.

1. The Game Was Still In Reach.

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At the time Wentz made his fourth and final turnover it was only a two point game, 9-7. You do not yank your starting quarterback in a game you can take control of at any moment. The Dallas offense had only managed three field goals all night, despite being handed four extra possessions. There was no need to panic and insert a cold back up signal caller. Philly needed only to put together a single successful drive from then on, and Doug Pederson was right to trust that staying with his starter was the best option to do so.

2.Wentz Never Quits

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Carson Wentz may be a lot of things, but a quitter is not one of them. He has shown time and time again, season after season, he is willing to fight threw his struggles and still be productive. Wentz has thrown a touchdown pass after throwing an interception in almost every game this season. If he digs himself a hole he is more than capable of trying to dig himself out of it, as the last two weeks have shown.

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