For Carson Wentz and Eagles, its the Lack of Detail Holding them Back
Further testing on Carson Wentz, following the Eagles 17-9 loss to Seattle on Sunday, revealed a bruised middle finger on his throwing hand and isn't expected to miss any practice this week.
"He has a little bruise in his hand, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday. "Kind of in the middle finger there. [He’s] day-to-day, should be fine for the game,"
Wentz sustained the injury in the second half of the game on Sunday while trying to make a tackle of a Seahawks defender after a fumble.
After the game on Sunday, many were calling out the quarterback for missing many simple throws, and leaving plays out on the field. Some have argued Wentz's mechanics have regressed, while others, like ESPN's Dan Orlovsky took to the tape to suggest the wide receiving group he is throwing to lacks detail, forcing Wentz into mistakes.
Either way, Pederson has echoed that the issues with his team were not at the quarterback position, but acknowledged that he has a role on virtually every plays success or failure.
"The quarterback touches the ball every single snap, so that's what we see, that's what you see, that's what the fans see," Pederson explained. "As coaches we have to make sure that we're continuing to coach and coach Carson correctly. We have to make sure that he's doing the right things, the progression, where the ball is going, and then it's up to him too to see the defense, see the field and get the ball out of his hand as a player and do all of those things right."
"We just, again, have to continue to work and everything is right in front of us."
And Pederson is right, everything is right in front of them, statistically speaking. Over the final five weeks of the season, the Eagles play the easiest slate of games in the NFL with their opponents posting a combined 14-41 record, Including three straight matchups with teams who currently have just two wins (Miami, Giants, Washington), before they will face Dallas in a Week 16 showdown.
For the Eagles to have a shot to win out, and make the playoffs, they will need to get healthy. The group of weapons Wentz is currently playing with, simply won't be good enough to get it done, as Orlovsky pointed out in a video.
If the details get fixed, there is a good chance you'll see playoff football, but if they don't it will be a long offseason, trying to fix an aging roster with a lot of question marks.