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The Philadelphia Eagles are almost 48 hours away from another huge NFC East showdown with the Dallas Cowboys and the team has found itself embroiled in another controversy surrounding the star quarterback. In 2018, the anonymous complaint centered around Carson Wentz targeting Zach Ertz too much, while forsaking the deep passing game.

This season, a recent anonymous Eagles player allegedly reached out to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, questioning whether Wentz’s tries to do too much while forsaking the check down to running backs and tight ends.

The whole anonymous report on a yearly basis is rather bizarre and something Doug Pederson won’t be putting any energy into, as he addressed the matter during his Friday press conference.

“I’ve seen them,” Pederson said via NJ.com, “and I’ll tell you this: For those of you that know football and watch football, a check-down is part of the game. What people sometimes don’t understand is that you might lose your back in protection, he may get caught up in the protection and he may not get out.

So it is an aspect of something we teach that if the throw is not there down the field and you have the availability of a back or tight end in that position, we will utilize it. There’s a lot of factors that go into that and it’s not on the quarterback.”

Wentz is currently among the highest-rated passers in football with over 100 or more dropbacks this season, and through six weeks, Carson Wentz is PFF’s second highest-graded quarterback at 90.6 (one-tenth behind Seattle’s Russell Wilson). Wentz leads the NFL in negative plays and is one of the elites in the league at making big-time throws (6.1 percent rate, seventh of 32).

Pederson for his part said that the Eagles are focused on the Cowboys and dismissed the notion that players would really be clamoring for the quarterback to check it down, stating that it’s the first time he’s ever heard such criticism before.

“I think so,” he said, smiling. “I’ve never heard that one before. We’re not throwing it deep enough, now we’re not throwing it short enough. I don’t know. I don’t get it.”


Doug Pederson addresses the latest anonymous quote criticizing Carson Wentz

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