Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson has come to the defense of the team's quarterback Carson Wentz after he was called out by Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. Wentz, who was taken at No. 2 in the 2016 NFL draft, had an outstanding start to his career before he started dealing with injuries and his production over the last two years dipped.
During his appearance on ESPN's First Take, Favre suggested the Eagles should have kept Nick Foles instead of Wentz. "I respect his opinion and his words. Those aren't mine," Pederson said of Favre's comments, as quoted on ESPN.
"Please don't put words in my mouth or we're going to have a problem. Carson's our guy, bottom line. End of story." In the 2017 season, Wentz led the Eagles to a 11-2 record before he went down with a season-ending injury.
Foles stepped up big time and led the Eagles to winning the Super Bowl. "I actually thought that they should have kept Nick Foles rather than Carson Wentz just based off production and where they got to," Favre said.
"They won a Super Bowl with Foles. And that was a little bit surprising. But they're obviously banking on his upside. How many more years do you let it linger before you stick with him or you cut bait? That's a question only they can answer."
The Eagles elected to keep Wentz in 2018
After the 2018 season was over, the Eagles had to choose between Wentz and Foles as the latter wanted to sign with a team where he would be a starter. The Eagles elected to keep Wentz and Foles signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
It wasn't a memorable first season with the Jaguars and this offseason Foles was traded to the Chicago Bears. The Eagles own a 3-1-3 record this season and they are still confident in Wentz. "Carson's our guy.
Carson was our draft pick. Carson's the guy that is going to carry us and lead this football team. Listen, everybody is entitled to their own opinion," Pederson said. "Those aren't my words, those aren't Howie [Roseman]'s words, Jeffery [Lurie]'s words, those are his words.
I respect that opinion. Whatever he wants to say, that's fine and we're going to remain friends. It doesn't bother me one way or another." Wentz, who grew up a Favre fan, didn't say much when asked about the comments made by the Hall of Fame quarterback.
"At the end of the day, it's really whatever," he said. "Everyone has their opinion, so, I don't know."