Carson Wentz is 3-0 as an NFL starter, but many NFL analysts, including Brady Quinn, want to see more before anointing him the next Ben Roethlisberger.
“He hasn’t been tested. I’ll just put it that way,” Quinn said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “People are going to go back and they’re going to look at the Steelers game and they’ll say, ‘Look at the Steelers last night. They crushed the Kansas City Chiefs. They’re a legit team in the AFC North.’ That’s all true. But they had an awful game in Philly.”
Indeed, the Steelers had two turnovers and gave up a 73-yard touchdown catch-and-run to the shifty Darren Sproles. They were also unable to sack Wentz, who finished 23-of-31 for 301 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, meanwhile, Philly rushed 30 times for 125 yards (4.2 yards per carry), and Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner both found the end zone.
“He still hasn’t had his run game taken way from him,” Quinn said of Wentz. “It’s like getting your legs taken out from underneath you, and all of a sudden you’ve got to find a way of being a one-dimensional team and throwing the ball successfully. Their offensive line has done fantastic. How would they do against the Denver Broncos? We’re talking about two undefeated teams right now. They’re a good offensive line, but how would they do against the Broncos and that secondary? Their defense has been outstanding. That’s been touched on a little bit. I think the offensive line play hasn’t been touched on enough. They’ve really elevated their game. I just think it’s a better scheme as far as what Doug Pederson is asking them to do.
“But right now, I think he’s made all the throws, he makes all the checks – although he hasn’t been asked to do a ton,” Quinn continued. “That’s fine, too. I think as the season goes along they’ll ask him to do more, they’ll put more on his plate when they feel like they need him to because I think he’s capable of it. It’s just a matter of all the other pieces coming along with him.”
Quinn believes the Eagles coaching staff has done an excellent job with Wentz. They’re not calling a lot of seven-step drops; they’re simplifying his reads and getting the ball out of his hands quickly. So far, that’s worked just fine.
As the competition improves, however, it might not.
“I don’t know if Jordan Matthews is going to be able to win on a consistent basis versus the best corners in press man-to-man coverage when they have to play those teams and Carson Wentz has a guy bearing down on him in the pass rush,” Quinn said. “So we’ll see once they start playing some better defenses in the NFL how he handles that.”
The Eagles, who were on a bye this week, play the Lions (1-3) in Detroit this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.