Have injuries taken their toll on Carson Wentz? Doug Pederson gives a weird answer

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In the endless search for the answer to the question ‘What’s wrong with Carson Wentz’, it is fair to wonder if the string of injuries he suffered from 2017 to 2019 had an impact. cumulative.What if that helps explain the miserable season he’s going through.

Doug Pederson was asked about that Monday, and his response was weird because when you’d expect him to just say “Carson is fine” he didn’t.

He said he really didn’t know.

“I hesitate to comment on how he feels or what he is experiencing,” Pederson said. “I would say it’s probably a question from Carson, to see how he feels and how he got over those injuries.

Shouldn’t the head coach know how the starting quarterback is feeling and what he is going through?

Pederson was also asked if he called games differently after Wentz’s three season-ending injuries – an ACL tear in 2017, a broken back in 2018 and a concussion at the start of the Seattle playoff game. last season.

This could explain why Pederson continually refuses to call for deployments for his quarterback, who seems more efficient when out of pocket, but could be at greater risk.

“From a player’s perspective, those injuries obviously don’t play a role in how I approach the game or what I call the game,” he said.

Something has changed, as Wentz is clearly not the same guy he used to be. He rebounded from the ripped ACL to play at a fairly high level in 2018 before injuring himself. Then he bounced back from a back injury to play well in 2019.

What about the concussion? We all know concussions can have very long-term effects, but Pederson said days after the Seahawks lost that if the Eagles had won the game Wentz could have started next week.

They were all very serious injuries. So while they’re all in the past, maybe they’ve taken their toll on Wentz physically, and he’s just not able to physically do what he used to do.

If you take out the 2017 Wentz movie and compare it to 2020 Wentz, he’s not the same guy.

Wentz was asked after Sunday’s loss to the Browns in Cleveland if he could be the same player he was in 2017 after three years of injury.

He sort of responded but not really. He just said he would stay as aggressive as ever:

“There are injuries that happen and you can’t control them,” he said. “They are beyond your control. Last year – if you want to bring up the concussion – sucks. Getting hit in the back of the head like that is an unfortunate part of the game. This stuff happens. I will not change. I will give my all and I will continue to learn as I go. I will learn how to continue to be a better player. Don’t get me wrong, about aggression, self-confidence and all of those things? It will not change. ”

But something has changed, and the longer Wentz operates at the level of an undrafted rookie who has just found his way into the NFL, the longer these questions will persist.

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