The Eagles are in an early hole and the play of quarterback Carson Wentz has contributed to those struggles, but coach Doug Pederson is not considering pulling Wentz from the lineup, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports.
“No. You don’t go there. That’s a knee-jerk reaction,” Pederson told 94.1 WIP on Monday when asked what it would take to look at options at QB outside Wentz. “Carson’s our quarterback. We’re going to get it fixed. He is going to get it fixed.”
Philadelphia tied the Cincinnati Bengals 23-23 on Sunday and now sits at 0-2-1. This is the first Eagles team to be winless through three games since 1999, when Pederson was the team’s quarterback for over half the season.
Pederson suggested benching Wentz would be giving in to the “aura” in the city right now as opposed to acting on the team’s beliefs.
For his part, Pederson expressed regret for deciding to punt late in overtime on a fourth-and-12 in Cincinnati territory, assuring a tie, rather than giving his offense a chance to go and win it.
“Looking back, you probably put it in your quarterback’s hands to win the game,” he said.
Despite the poor start, the Eagles remain just a half-game out of first place in the bumbling NFC East — something Pederson mentioned as part of his response to the question about benching Wentz.
“We have a long season. … The whole division right now is not playing very good football,” he said. “We’re not that far off.”