PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Eagles have officially pulled the plug on their franchise quarterback as their frustrating 2020 campaign continues.
Carson Wentz has officially been benched and rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts has been named the new starter, the team announced in a statement Tuesday.
“I looked at the whole thing and decided that for this week to look for that spark again to try to get the team over the hump,” head coach Doug Pederson said. “
Rumors about Wentz’s benching have swirling around the league for weeks now, as the Birds have limped to a 3-8-1 showing, including four straight losses.
While many cogs of the Eagles offense are not functioning optimally, Wentz bears no small part of the blame, as multiple statistics indicate the one time MVP favorite has had a historically bad 2020 season.
“Carson’s been a big part of the success we’ve had. He was on that championship team that got us to that level,” Pederson added Tuesday. “Even in ’18 & ’19 he led the team & got us into the postseason. I know we can get back to that level. That’s why I have so much confidence in him.”
The move comes just two weeks after head coach Pederson expressed faith in Wentz and said that he would remain the starter.
“You don’t go there,” Pederson said in late September, in answering early questions about benching Wentz.
It’s not yet clear if Hurts, who the Eagles drafted 53rd overall in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, will remain the starter for the rest of the season. But he will be at least for this coming Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.