Carson Wentz Taking to Many Big Hits?
As Carson Wentz made a spin move trying for one extra yard, Eagles fans cringed as their rookie quarterback took a shot from a Bears defender.
Wentz took off had just taken off on a red-zone scramble, which resulted in him getting blasted by Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan. The collision followed a Wentz spin move as he was running towards the sideline, he was trying to avoid one hit, but rather than just run out-of-bounds he got knocked off his feet by Trevathan.
Wentz knows these kind of hits can't happen.
His offensive coordinator feels the same way.
“I mean, there's a couple hits he shouldn't have taken," Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich admitted. "The ones on the sideline that he shouldn't have taken last week were not good plays. I mean, you just can't do that. He knows that. We've all talked to him about that. You just can't do that.”
In the end, Wentz’s effort might gain him more fans, but his he continues to continues to be reckless when he is out of the pocket, he just might be on the other end of a big hit.
One thing is for sure, Wentz is taking a bunch of hits, but some of it is because he is fearless, he is willing to stand in there and deliver the football - even if it means the is going to get a hit delivered to him.
"I think Carson has a fearlessness in the pocket," Reich explained. "The guy is not afraid. He'll stand in the pocket and make the throw versus pressure. He doesn't have an ounce of fear in him in the pocket. That's one of the things I really love about him. And that's one of the reasons why he's good against the blitz."
Wentz has been excellent agisnt the blitz so far this season, according to ESPN.com Wentz is currently 9 of 11 for 105 yards against the blitz in his first two games.
"I think it starts with he and [C Jason] Kelce being on the same page in protections," Reich said about why Wentz has been so good against the blotz so far this season. "I can't even begin to tell you how much of a benefit it is to Carson to have a guy like Jason Kelce as a center. I mean, the guy is brilliant. He's absolutely brilliant in pass protection, calls and scheme and he just has this air of confidence about him that I think sets the tone for what we do in the protection world."