Pederson sticking with Wentz, could punt play calling
Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson isn’t interested in making a change at quarterback, however on Tuesday he left the door open for someone else to call the plays on offense.
Much-maligned Carson Wentz continued his season-long struggles in the Eagles’ 23-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday. Pederson, however, reaffirmed that Wentz will remain his starting quarterback mere hours after the latter completed 25 of 45 passes for 215 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
“That one is my decision, if and when we make that change, but right now we’re not doing it,” Pederson said of a potential quarterback switch.
Wentz, 27, has completed 245 of 422 passes for 2,541 yards with 16 touchdowns and a league-high 15 interceptions this season. He has been sacked an NFL-leading 46 times behind an offensive line besieged by injuries.
Wentz’s backup, rookie Jalen Hurts, has completed all three of his pass attempts for 33 yards in limited duty this season.
As for calling plays, Pederson acknowledged the potential of handing off that role after seeing the Eagles (3-7-1) score just 17 points on offense for the fourth straight game — all losses. Philadelphia is averaging 322.8 yards of total offense per game, which ranks 28th in the league.
“I take pride in play calling and I look at everything,” said Pederson, who has held that responsibility since he became the head coach in 2016.
“I’ve got to take everything into consideration and if I feel like I get stuck or in a rut I definitely would consider giving that up. It’s definitely on the table. I wouldn’t say it’s off the table. … That’s part of sparking the offense and maybe seeing the offense through somebody else’s eyes.”
Senior offensive assistant Rich Scangarello and senior offensive consultant Marty Mornhinweg likely would be candidates to take that role. Scangarello called plays as the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator last season while Mornhinweg has called plays during several of his stops along his coaching career.
–Field Level Media