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We Are Still a Long Way Away From Knowing if Carson Wentz is a Franchise QB

We Are Still a Long Way Away From Knowing if Carson Wentz is a Franchise QB

 

This generation is the most impatient generation ever. Things happen so quickly.

Think about when you meet someone you like. You get their number. We are LONG PAST the time when we would wait to call.

Guys, be honest, you get a girl’s number nowadays, you are sending a text the day of. Will she go on a date with you, how interested is she? We want answers NOW.

The world of twitter isn’t helping. With instant updates, opinions, observations and “evaluations,” it’s easy to judge too quickly. We see it daily. An NFL player may have two Super Bowl wins and multiple pro bowl berths on his resume, but as soon as he has a bad outing, twitter reacts instantly saying he’s lost it.

People want to be the first to have an opinion on something or someone. Steph Curry for example, he’s been great the last two years in the NBA. He’s reached the NBA finals two consecutive years in a row, and broke the NBA 3-point record. Great stuff. In the midst of it, he was being mentioned in the same breath as Michael Jordan and LeBron James, two of the greatest players to ever touch a basketball. We live in a time of now, which causes an overreaction to just about everything.

Dak Prescott, a fourth round pick in this year’s draft, had his jersey inducted into the Hall of Fame after his stellar preseason. Okay, not really, but seriously, the hype around that man after 3 preseason games was unreal. He entered week one as the Cowboys starter due to Tony Romo being injured and Prescott looked like a rookie quarterback in his debut. Am I ready to write him off? Absolutely not.

When Carson Wentz laced up in an Eagles uniform for his first ever NFL game, I had no idea what to expect. Second overall pick coming out of North Dakota State facing live NFL competition? Overall, the results were positive. This past Sunday, Carson Wentz didn’t play like a rookie against the Cleveland Browns. Of course, he had his fair share of plays where his inexperience showed up, but overall, Wentz showed why the Eagles traded up and drafted him 2nd overall in the 2016 NFL draft. Poise, arm talent, he looked promising.

Of course, after the game, many Eagles fans were excited. Some a little more than others. And as much as Carson Wentz showed in his first game, there is still a very long way to go before we have any idea what type of NFL QB Wentz will be. Teams are going to adjust. It’s up to Wentz to adjust back. And back-and-fourth it goes. The good quarterbacks stay ahead of the curve, whether Wentz does is yet to be seen.

I get us all wanting to predict and compare performances of players and give out an opinion. But at the end of the day, these things take time. Carson Wentz could be the next great thing and bring championships to Philadelphia. There is also a real chance Wentz absolutely flops and is a below average quarterback in the NFL. Thing is we won’t know until at least 2018.

Carson Wentz will face the Chicago Bears in his second career start on Monday Night Football with the entire country watching. If he plays well again, expect a ton of hype. If he struggles, expect national media to question whether or not the Eagles made a mistake in trading up for him.

Literally as I am writing this piece, a twitter account tweets out a picture with Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz, Brock Osweiler and Jimmy Garoppolo asking twitter “Who the best QB is?” As if any of us have any idea how it’ll all pan out. We can all guess, but in reality we all have no fucking clue how it will work out.

This is what makes sports fun. We don’t know a thing.