Flavor of the week on social media is attacking Carson Wentz while the Eagles eagerly await a willing trade partner for the disgruntled quarterback. Coming off his worst statistical season of his career by far, some of the criticism is well warranted. But like any internet joke, Twitter eventually takes it too far and runs it into the ground. And that’s what we have here with PFF:
Sacks charged to Carson Wentz:
🔹 2017: 1
🔹 2020: 11 pic.twitter.com/3jj79A0DZG
— PFF (@PFF) February 15, 2021
We get what they are trying to do. Carson Wentz was really good in 2017 and an outright disaster in 2020. Except the way they framed this dig at the much maligned Eagles quarterback doesn’t make a ton of sense. It’s just framed to slander Wentz which is how football talking heads are building their brand right now with not much else to talk about.
Let’s do some simple math (which I thought was the entire point of PFF). If Wentz accounted for 11 sacks last season, that means Wentz was sacked on 39 occasions where it wasn’t his fault. He would still be in the Top 5 of quarterbacks sacked, just slightly behind Matt Ryan. Wentz only played 12 games, missing the lsat 4 after being benched. The only player ahead of him to miss any time was Daniel Jones.
With 39 sacks through 12 games that weren’t his fault, that made Wentz good for 3.25 sacks per game not because of his own wrongdoing. If he would’ve played those last four games and you take that 3.25 per game number, that would’ve been an additional 13 sacks not attributed to Carson Wentz. It would have put Wentz at 52 sacks for the year, tying him with Russell Wilson for 1st in the league (or last if you look at it that way).
Crazy how Carson Wentz only got on Twitter to be like, “hey guys, here’s a cool bible verse I like!” or “hey everyone, Audience of One is raising money for starving people”. Now he gets beaten down like a pinata every single day on that app without ever logging on.
You’re welcome, PFF. Had to take time away from my own job just to do yours.