In keeping with a report by ESPN’s Tim McManus, Carson Wentz’s worry that he could lose his job to then-rookie Jalen Hurts helped derail the Eagles’ 2020 season.
Some sensed Wentz “spent an excessive amount of time wanting within the rear-view mirror” at Hurts, based on McManus, regardless of Eagles govt VP Howie Roseman’s assurance earlier than the season that Hurts was no menace to Wentz’s job. Wentz’s paranoia may need been his undoing, as he was benched in favor of Hurts in early December.
The report notes that whereas there have been no incidents involving Wentz and Hurts through the season, Hurts “wasn’t significantly chummy with Wentz or Wentz’s good buddy within the QB room, Nate Sudfeld.”
Regardless of Roseman claiming there was no competitors, Hurts’ purpose reportedly remained to “compete and win” the beginning job, which McManus wrote did not all the time sit nicely along with his teammates.
Wentz was “visibly upset,” based on the report, when Hurts started receiving first-team reps in observe that November.
With Wentz set to face the Hurts and the Eagles on Sunday, each quarterbacks have taken the excessive street this week. Hurts described a “mutual respect” between himself and Wentz to reporters, praising the Commanders quarterback’s elusiveness, whereas Wentz advised reporters he “undoubtedly cherished” his time in Philadelphia.
Sunday will mark Wentz’s first time going through the Eagles since he was traded in early 2021.