PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Did we overhype Carson Wentz?
After a 3-0 start, Wentz and the Eagles came back to life with two straight losses. Wentz — after being named offensive rookie of the month for September with 769 passing yards, five touchdowns, and no turnovers — has just 417 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the last two games.
“I didn’t,” Wilbon said when asked if we overrated Wentz on his show Pardon the Interruption. “Every other dope in the world did because they have to declare stuff now. They gotta speak declaratively on Monday’s! Wentz played three games and people God-ed him up, as if this didn’t happen in the same division with Robert Griffin over an entire 16 games. Because people are so stupid and fueled with these numbers drunkley, they have to go out and tell you how great everybody is after two games.”
Hall Of Fame Eagles analyst Ray Didinger completely disagrees.
“Mike’s wrong. Boom,” Didinger said. “Do we need to elaborate? To me, it’s a silly TV driven argument. I would defy Mike Wilbon to sit next to anybody who knows anything about football and look at the tapes of the first three games and not be impressed by what he saw.”
Didinger has seen plenty of rookie QB seasons and after five games, he’s a total believer in Wentz.
“I’ve now seen him play five games, I think he’s the real thing,” Didinger said. “I really do. I saw Peyton Manning’s rookie year, I saw John Elway’s rookie year, I’ve seen Eli’s rookie year. I’ve seen a lot of highly touted quarterbacks come in and play their first half of their first season. And this kid did stuff that none of those guys did. None of them.”