Carson Wentz looks back on time with Eagles, what went wrong, fan experience as he faces former team


Nearly two years have passed since Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles divorced, ending a five-year marriage that had seen many highs and lows. Though all the early success, numerous injuries, the emergence of Nick Foles and a disastrous 2020 season led Wentz to request a trade from Philadelphia.

The road hasn’t been easier for Wentz since he left, as he’s on his third team in his last three years. Wentz appears to have found a home with the Washington Commanders as he faces his former team for the first time. He downplays the first match-up against the Eagles, but spoke of his playing time for the team that he played a key role in winning Philadelphia’s first Super Bowl title.

“It was a lot of fun. It was a lot of fun,” Wentz said on Wednesday. “Obviously we had a lot of success there. Winning the Super Bowl up there was pretty special. It was pretty cool to be a part of that. It’s a whole city, quite a fan base, quite an experience. I will definitely cherish my time there, but clearly now on the other side it will look a little different. It was a fun couple of years there while I was up there. I definitely cherished my time there.”

The Philadelphia divorce was a messy one, starting with Wentz’s appearance in the 2020 season. Of the 35 qualifying quarterbacks in major passing categories, Wentz was 34th in percentage completion (57.4), 33rd in yards per attempt (6.0 ) and 34th in quarterback rating (72.8). He tied for the NFL lead in interceptions thrown (15) and was fired from all quarterbacks in the league (50), despite appearing in just 13 games. Wentz’s bad throw rate (which qualifies as a bad throw to a receiver) was the second highest in the league for quarterbacks attempting more than 400 passes (21.7%).

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The Eagles switched from head coach Doug Pederson and committed to Wentz, but he wanted to move on. Wentz was eventually traded to Indianapolis as the Eagles got a 2022 first round and 2021 third round. Wentz was traded before the Eagles even used the pick, which helped them land AJ Brown in last year’s draft.

So how was it going so south in Philadelphia?

“I don’t know,” Wentz said. “That’s such a big question that I’ve answered many times… I think your perspective changes as you grow up, you know. There’s always things I look back on. Man, I could have been better here. I could have are better as a person, as a teammate, many things you take for granted.

“I absolutely cherished my time there. It was definitely a wild ride in many, many ways.”

Wentz got off to a strong start in Washington, completing 65.5% of his passes for 650 yards with seven touchdowns to three interceptions for a 100.3 passer rating. Not only is Wentz tied for the league lead in touchdown passes, he is the only player to have 10 completions over 20 yards this year.

He’s comfortable with his new franchise, and that’s all that matters right now. Philadelphia is a thing of the past, even though Wentz has to face the Eagles twice a year.

“It was fun. It was a lot of fun,” Wentz said. It’s a younger team with a lot of guys who are hungry, hungry to win. It was fun to be a part of it, sort of a lead role as one of the older guys in the locker room.

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“We’re just getting started here, but hopefully we can find a level of play that’s consistent as we progress here.”