In the event you’re questioning simply how dysfunctional issues received with the Eagles in the course of the 2020 NFL season, it appears that evidently issues received so unhealthy that utilizing the phrase “dysfunctional” is likely to be underselling what occurred in Philadelphia the previous few months. 

To present you an concept of how ugly issues received, it appears that evidently at one level, Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson went greater than two months with out speaking to one another. It is likely to be regular to provide somebody the silent remedy in highschool, however it’s positively not regular within the NFL, particularly when it is taking place between the pinnacle coach and the beginning quarterback, however that is precisely how issues went down in Philadelphia, in keeping with ESPN’s Adam Schefter. 

Throughout an interview with 97.5 the Fanatic on Friday, Schefter mentioned that Wentz and Pederson went a minimum of eight weeks with out speaking to one another in the course of the common season. 

“There are quite a lot of issues that went flawed,” Schefter mentioned when requested in regards to the drama in Philadelphia. “We’ve the staff drafting Jalen Hurts. We’ve Carson feeling jilted by that. We’ve the staff making an attempt to reassure him. We’ve Carson not getting previous that. We’ve Carson struggling. We’ve Carson and Doug not speaking for weeks on finish in the course of the season the place the pinnacle coach and quarterback are usually not speaking for eight, 9, 10 weeks.”

One factor Schefter did not point out was how this silent remedy performed out. It is potential they had been speaking to one another on recreation day, however did not discuss at follow in the course of the week. It is also potential that the silent remedy began in November after which received critical after Wentz was benched for Hurts in Week 13. Both means, it is completely loopy that this occurred and virtually unparalleled, and it additionally now makes far more sense why they’re each now not in Philadelphia. 

On Wentz’s finish, not solely was he feuding with the coach, however he was apparently shedding reputation within the Eagles locker room. CBS Sports activities NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on Friday that Wentz “had been falling out of favor with the locker room, was unable to attach with a swath of gamers and was appearing extra in self curiosity than what could be anticipated from a franchise quarterback and chief.”

Plainly most of Wentz’s angst stemmed from the Eagles’ determination to pick out Hurts within the second spherical of the 2020 NFL Draft. After watching Wentz miss eight regular-season video games — and 6 playoff video games — resulting from damage over three seasons (2017-19), the Eagles grabbed some draft insurance coverage in Hurts in a transfer that raised some eyebrows across the league. Practically eight months after the draft, issues hit all-time low for Wentz after he was benched for Hurts following a 3-8-1 begin in 2020. 

Clearly, Wentz did not take the benching nicely, which seemingly led to his disdain for Pederson. 

La Canfora wrote in December {that a} Wentz commerce was coming after the quarterback received benched. Even supposing the writing was on the wall, Pederson was insisting as not too long ago as Jan. 4 that every little thing was good with Wentz and that the 2 would each be returning to Philly for the 2021 season. 

One week after making that assertion, Pederson was fired, and fewer than six weeks later, Wentz was additionally shipped out of Philadelphia in a commerce that despatched him to Indianapolis. The Eagles had been clearly determined to eliminate their former beginning quarterback, which is why they had been prepared to commerce him despite the fact that it meant taking on the most important dead-cap hit in NFL historical past ($33.8 million). 

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