Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox has publicly thrown his support behind Carson Wentz, a day after the former No. 2 pick was benched in favor of rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts. After the news of Wentz benching made the headlines, Cox asked his Twitter followers and Eagles fans to like his post if they wanted Wentz as their starting quarterback or retweet the post if they wanted Hurts as their starting quarterback.
"Carson is my best friend. He's my guy," Cox said, per ESPN. "I've always had his back since Day 1. Jalen, he's my teammate also, so you've got to support whoever is in there. It's the NFL and we understand that things happen.
It sucks for a guy like Carson to be put in that position because it never just comes down to one guy; there are 11 guys on the field. "With that being said, my tweet is my tweet and I stand with it."
Eagles center Jason Kelce also shows support for Wentz
Wentz was having an outstanding 2017 season as he was an MVP candidate before he suffered an unfortunate season-ending injury toward the end of the regular season.
Unfortunately for Wentz and the Eagles, the 2016 No. 2 overall pick has yet to rediscover his old form. "The moment he came in his rookie year, he transformed our offense, and that's not just as a player -- that's him as a person.
That's the intelligence he brings, the athleticism he brings. The competitiveness he brings made a tangible difference in practice every day and on game day. So it's kind of hard to believe we're at this point, to be honest with you," Kelce said.
"This is ultimately a culmination of a lot of failures on offense. "This comes down to more of a failure of every position, including coaches, to facilitate a functioning offense. That's the biggest story here, not that Jalen Hurts is picked and there was some sort of internal battle and struggle going on with Carson Wentz.
I don't buy that." Wentz has struggled mightily this season to get the Eagles offense going as he has thrown 16 touchdown passes this year, while he leads the league in interceptions thrown with 15 picks on the year.
The Eagles scored two quick touchdowns after Hurts replaced Wentz against the Green Bay Packers this past Sunday and Eagles coach Doug Pederson thinks that the rookie quarterback might manage to get the team's offense going.