Brett Favre clearly has not watched much Bears football this season. On “First Take” Tuesday morning, Favre was asked about the Philadelphia Eagles when he brought up the old Carson Wentz vs. Nick Foles debate (never mind that the rest of the world has moved on to Foles vs. Mitchell Trubisky).
“I think (Wentz) is very capable,” Favre said. “I think we’re all in agreement that he has the tools. I actually thought they should have kept Nick Foles rather than Carson Wentz, just based off of production and where they got to. You know, they won a Super Bowl with Foles. They’re obviously banking on (Wentz’s) upside, but how many more years do you let him linger before you stick with him or cut bait?”
There’s no denying that Wentz has looked BAD at times this season. In our QB Power Rankings, he’s hovered in the low 20s for weeks. He leads the league with 12 interceptions, and the Eagles sit at an uninspiring 3-4-1 record halfway through their season.
But the Eagles have been hurt just as badly as the Bears by offensive line injuries. On top of that the Eagles have been decimated by injuries to their skill players. Running back Miles Sanders has only played four and a half games. Receiver DeSean Jackson has only played three and a half games, Jalen Reagor only three games, and Alshon Jeffrey still hasn’t played at all. At tight end, Zach Ertz has only played six games, and Dallas Goedert has only played three and a quarter. To say it’s been rough going for the Eagles offense is the understatement of the season.
But Wentz hasn’t folded. In fact, he’s made more plays with his legs to mitigate the skill player losses. He’s a legit goalline threat to run, and already has 202 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the year. Wentz also developed a great rapport with Travis Fulgham, a former Lions sixth-round draft pick who was cut by Detroit in August.
Meanwhile, the Bears offense is moving backwards as the season goes on. They’re averaging only 14.3 points over their last three games. While it’s unclear how much blame Foles deserves for Chicago’s inability to score-- and how much blame goes to Matt Nagy-- Foles hasn’t done enough to elevate the offense. He’s made just as many head-scratching decisions as Trubisky did when he was leading the team. Further, Foles has shown no ability to make plays with his legs, something both Wentz and Trubisky can do.
Would Foles have more success as the Eagles starter this season than he’s had with the Bears? Maybe, as coach Doug Pederson might be able to put him in a better position to succeed. But right now, neither QB looks like a top option in the NFL.