The Philadelphia Eagles can finally move on with their offseason plans after trading Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts. The drama between the team and their former quarterback hogged headlines late in the season. Some of the stories were about the fractured relationship between Wentz and head coach Doug Pederson.
The two didn’t seem to be on the same page in 2020, costing both of them their jobs. It turns out that Wentz and Pederson were barely speaking to each other late in the season. Their relationship resembled a married couple heading toward an ugly divorce.
Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson didn’t speak for weeks
There were rumors of Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson’s tense relationship. According to Schefter, the two didn’t talk to each other for quite some time during the season.
“There are a lot of things that went wrong…We have Carson and Doug not talking for weeks on end during the season where the head coach and quarterback are not talking for eight, nine, 10 weeks,” Schefter said on 97.5 The Fanatic.
Schefter did not detail when Wentz and Pederson started the silent treatment. The Eagles benched Wentz in Week 13 for Jalen Hurts, so it could’ve happened then. Shortly after his benching, the $128 million quarterback made it public that he wasn’t interested in being a backup.
According to Jason La Canfora, Wentz skipped his exit meetings with Pederson, which signaled things truly fell apart between the two.
Wentz and Pederson didn’t end their careers in Philly the way they would’ve hoped. Pederson was fired after a 4-11-1 season. According to the Eagles, he lost his job because his vision for the team didn’t align with ownership.
Wentz played his way off the team, throwing the most interceptions in the league (15) and having the sixth-worst QBR among qualified quarterbacks (49.6).
Both Wentz and Pederson lost the Eagles’ locker room
The Eagles played differently after they benched Wentz in favor of Jalen Hurts. The team had more energy, passion, and swag when Hurts was under center. With Wentz, Philly was lethargic and didn’t have much success offensively. There is a reason why the team played so differently with Hurts.
Wentz didn’t have many supporters in the locker room as his time in Philly came to an end, according to La Canfora. Wentz had fallen out of many teammates’ good graces, causing a divide in the locker room.
Pederson’s management of the quarterback situation wasn’t the best either. In Week 17, he sat Jalen Hurts while his team was down by three to the Washington Football Team. The coach faced heavy backlash as that single decision affected the NFC playoffs and ultimately cost him his job.
The Eagles can finally move forward after Wentz and Pederson departures
It feels like the Carson Wentz saga has gone on for a long time. Luckily for the Philadelphia Eagles, it is over, and the team can move forward. Even though Wentz won’t be on the team anymore, the club will still pay a heavy price for moving him. When the trade is official, Wentz will leave Philly with the highest dead cap-hit in NFL history ($33.8 million).
That is a high price to pay for getting rid of their former No. 2 overall pick, but the Eagles felt that he couldn’t stay in Philadelphia any longer. Many believed the team would have to choose between Wentz or Pederson. Philly decided to get rid of both, giving themselves somewhat of a fresh start. Howie Roseman is still the general manager, hoping to fix a roster that is old and expensive.
Hurts, who showed some promise in four starts last season, accounting for nine total touchdowns, is looking like he will be the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, at least for now. According to ESPN, the Eagles are looking to bring in a veteran quarterback to challenge Hurts for the starting spot.
The rift between Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson was big, but not speaking to each other for an extended period shows how broken the relationship was. After their problems dominated the headlines for months, the Philadelphia Eagles can finally take a breath and move on to the next chapter.