The 2020 Philadelphia Eagles have been a whole mess. That they had accidents throughout their offensive line, a horrible vast receiver core, and a scheme that did the offense no favors.
One of many greatest points with the Eagles final 12 months was the excessive sack price, as Wentz was sacked a league excessive 50 occasions in simply 11.5 video games performed. Whereas numerous Indianapolis Colts’ followers and analysts wish to chalk most of these sacks as much as the surroundings round Wentz, I noticed it a bit in another way when watching movie.
Sure, the Eagles have been a large number and Wentz was put into a foul state of affairs. Nevertheless, Wentz deserves as a lot blame for the excessive sack price as these different components do.
In at present’s movie room, we’re going to take a look at a number of superior stats concerning the Eagles’ sack drawback whereas I present the outcomes of my very own private charting of each sack allowed with Wentz underneath heart in 2020.
Superior Stats + Outcomes of My Charting
I do know that speaking unfavorable about Wentz is off-limits to numerous Colts’ followers this offseason so I needed to completely do my very own analysis earlier than diving into this piece.
What I made a decision to do was to return and chart each single sack allowed by the Eagles with Wentz underneath heart in 2020. I charted every sack by time till the sack, who I imagine is at fault, and what number of go rushers the protection introduced. Listed here are the outcomes of my charting:
- The common time from snap till sack was 3.65 seconds from my charting. This quantity is much from official but it surely offers a baseline that there was respectable time to throw on most of those performs.
- 97.8% of the sacks I charted had the protection bringing 5 or fewer go rushers.
- I credited Carson Wentz with being at fault for 12 of the 50 sacks final season (24% of the sacks). That is pretty near the numbers Professional Soccer Focus (11 sacks credited to Wentz) and Michigan Soccer Analytics (17 sacks over anticipated) had him at.
What Went Unsuitable for Wentz
The 2 greatest considerations I noticed on movie have been his incapacity to drag the set off/taking part in hero ball and poor pocket administration.
We have been a bit spoiled with Philip Rivers in 2020, as he was a high six passer within the NFL in completion share, passer ranking, and yards per try whereas underneath strain. Rivers was masterful with diagnosing strain pre-snap and understanding find out how to assault defenses with anticipation throws beneath.
Wentz struggles mightily with this and it’s a motive why he had a passer ranking of 48.3 whereas underneath strain in 2020. He does not throw the checkdown and beneath go, and opts to play hero ball as a rule.
Whereas the downfield hero ball is nice for highlights, generally the merely play is all that’s wanted. This play in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers is a good instance of this. The Eagles drew up a easy go to the working again on second and lengthy to make it a extra manageable third down. Wentz does not throw to the open again although and holds the ball for the sack.
Anticipation throws have been additionally a wrestle for Wentz in 2020. This can be a third and quick and Wentz is given two nice choices to transform on the play. He has strain closing in however he has to have the ability to hit one among these routes to offer his crew an opportunity on the first down. As an alternative, he tucks the ball and takes the sack.
There’s a jarring stat from final 12 months that Wentz solely threw eight drag routes on the complete season. For perspective, Michael Pittman Jr caught extra drag routes final 12 months than Wentz even threw. The difficulty with that is they have been a heavy a part of the Eagles’ playbook. Wentz simply did not throw them, even after they have been open.
This play is simply robust to look at. Third and eight in opposition to a blitz heavy crew and Wentz has to get this go to his receiver, who has room to run, on the drag route. Only a dangerous misinterpret on a easy play.
A fair greater concern than misreads was how poorly Wentz navigated the pocket. These points principally got here up after week six so the concept that Wentz simply did not belief his offensive line might definitely be thrown on the market.
Nevertheless, this can be a play that your franchise quarterback has to make. Straightforward lane to step up and ship this go over the center and he opts to roll out and take the sack as a substitute. Good blocking up entrance with open receivers down the sector, Wentz simply is not capable of make the play.
The short set off simply wasn’t there for a lot of the season. Lots of the sacks I credited to him have been performs the place I felt like he noticed the right receiver to throw to however he simply did not throw the ball. It felt similar to watching Jacoby Brissett in 2019 in that regard.
He sees the damaged protection on this fourth and three and has a second to get this ball out. He simply hesitates and the result’s a sack and a fumble.
I wish to state for the report that I’m not attempting to nitpick Wentz on this article or name him an terrible quarterback by any means. This can be a legit concern, nevertheless. Wentz had numerous points within the pocket final 12 months and pondering that these points all go away with a greater offensive line and scheme is simply improper.
The promising half about all this, although, is that it’s fixable. I am not saying that it’s a straightforward repair however it’s extra of a psychological limitation slightly than a bodily one. The important thing for Wentz is trusting on this workers, offensive line, and receiving group and reducing numerous the hero ball out of his recreation.
Carson Wentz can discover success in Indianapolis. It will not be simple by any means and he’s coming off of a season the place he was as a lot of a problem on the sector as the remainder of that Eagles’ offense was. Whereas I’m specializing in a unfavorable on this piece, these points are correctable. If anybody may help him work out these considerations, it is Frank Reich and the Colts.
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