Brian Westbrook doesn’t have a whole lot of faith in his former team. Westbrook, who was a running back for the Philadelphia Eagles during eight of his nine seasons in the NFL, blasted the team. He ripped the Eagles after their 0-2 start and said they “don’t have a chance” unless their quarterback, Carson Wentz, becomes somebody he’s clearly not.
Brian Westbrook’s football career
Brian Westbrook played his college football at Villanova. The Philadelphia Eagles selected the 5-foot-10 running back in the third round of the 2002 NFL draft. It took Westbrook a couple of years to get going in the NFL after a college career that was hampered by injuries.
Westbrook became the Eagles’ starting running back in 2004 and took full advantage. He was just as much a threat catching the ball out of the backfield as he was running it. He rushed 177 times for 812 yards and three touchdowns in his first year as the full-time starter. Westbrook also had 73 catches for 703 yards and six touchdowns as he made the first of his two Pro Bowls.
In 2006 and 2007, Westbrook put together consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. In 2007, he returned to the Pro Bowl after rushing for 1,333 yards and seven touchdowns. He also caught 90 balls for 771 yards and five touchdowns. Westbrook played eight seasons with the Eagles and finished with 66 touchdowns (37 of them rushing). He then played one season with the San Francisco 49ers.
Westbrook blasts his former team
It’s been an ugly start to the 2020 season for the Philadelphia Eagles. The opened the season with a loss to the lowly Washington Football Team. Last week, they struggled in another loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The offense hasn’t been clicking, and Westbrook said there is a lot of blame to go around.
“As bad as they were against Washington, things got worse,” Westbrook said Monday on the Mike Missanelli Show on 97.5 The Fanatic. “A lot has to lay at the feet of the quarterback, a lot has to lay at the feet of Doug Pederson, Jim Schwartz. There’s an awful lot of blame to go around. If they don’t find some answers very quickly, this season will get old very quickly.”
The Rams, according to Westbrook, made necessary adjustments, while the Eagles struggled on both sides of the ball. “They didn’t give (the Eagles) anything they hadn’t seen. And then they come out, and obviously the team just doesn’t execute. That says a lot about how Pederson is running the practice, it says a lot about the players on the defensive side of the ball, it says a lot about Jim Schwartz and his ability to adjust. The Rams didn’t do anything different the whole game and we never caught up with it.”
Westbrook says Eagles ‘don’t have a chance’ unless…
Brian Westbrook has pretty much written the season off for the Eagles, judging by his recent comments. Westbrook, appearing on the Mike Missanelli Show on 97.5 The Fanatic, said in order for the Eagles’ fortunes to change, Carson Wentz has to become someone he isn’t. That’s extremely unlikely to happen.
“I don’t see anything that’s going to change, outside of Carson Wentz,” Westbrook said. “Unless he can be Patrick Mahomes-like, then we don’t have a chance.” Carson Wentz has zero chance of becoming Patrick Mahomes-like, so it looks like the Eagles are done.
The Eagles will look to get on the winning track Sunday when they host Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals.