Carson Wentz’s stat line didn’t look great, but if you watched Monday night’s game you had to be impressed.
It’s easy to be impressed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a whole, too.
Wentz went 21-of-34 for 190 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions as the Eagles dominated the Chicago Bears 29-14 to improve to 2-0.
Randall Liu, the NFL’s director of football communications, said Wentz is the first rookie quarterback since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970 to start and win his team’s first two games of the season without throwing an interception. Wentz isn’t making the mistakes we see out of a lot of rookie quarterbacks. And he can make a ton of plays, as well.
Wentz already understands some of the important details of playing quarterback. The Eagles give him a lot of freedom to change plays at the line of scrimmage, which speaks to how well he already knows the offense. And he has impressive physical skills. He can make all the throws with a very strong arm. And he can run well too — though he needs to learn how to slide, before he gets hurt again (see video below … ouch).
Bradford’s first Vikings start was impressive, especially considering he was battered behind an offensive line that struggled to protect. Bradford kept taking hits but came back time after time to make big-time throws. And it can’t be understated that he had almost no time to learn the offense. He had no previous experience in coordinator Norv Turner’s scheme, either. That never seemed to be a factor, which is a compliment to Bradford.
Kaepernick said he knew there would be issues when he started his protest, so death threats are “not something I haven’t thought about.”
It’s sad that someone peacefully protesting, even during the national anthem, would even need to worry about death threats. But we were reminded why Kaepernick is protesting, when Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, was shot with a stun gun by a male officer and then shot and killed by a female officer in Tulsa, Okla.