Eagles QB Carson Wentz (11.22.20)

Eagles QB Carson Wentz:

On what he saw on the pick-six:

“I definitely did not want to float it out there. Anytime you get hit when you throw, it is a bad feeling. It is a bad feeling, because you know that the ball is just kind of floating in the air. You are hoping it falls to the ground. I will have to go back and watch the tape. I mean, we were trying to do something against that specific coverage and it was not there so I was just trying to chuck it down. I got hit on it, so it was unfortunate there.”

On whether or not he is hesitating:

“No, not at all. I have not changed. I am trying to be smart. As far as hesitation, when I see a guy open, I am cutting it loose. The pick-six? That was unfortunate. The guy made a good play by bringing the blitz up the edge. Like I said, obviously getting hit on that is not ideal. They made a good play there. But the other ones? No, I am not hesitating. They made some plays, too. Ideally, I get the ball out there quicker. You know, it was unfortunate to be in the end zone there and taking that sack. Hats off to them. They made a good play.”

On whether or not it is surprising that benching him has come up in conversation:

You guys can ask whatever questions you want. I know that is part of the deal. I know it is always a scrutinized position, playing quarterback. That is what I signed up for when I came out and played quarterback going back to high school. I can take it. I can wear it. It is what it is. Are we playing as good as we can as a team? No. Am I playing my best football? No. There were some circumstances out there today, where we left some plays on the field. We will be critical. We will go back and watch the tape. At the end of the day, that stuff is what it is. You guys can ask whatever questions you want. Bring up whatever you want. For me, I am just going to put my head down and go to work.”

On why he thinks things are not getting better:

“That is a good question. I mean, at the end of the day, you have to give some credit to that defense. They made some plays. No excuses on the conditions, but it made it tough. You know, we can be better. We can and we left some plays out there. But they made more than us today. It is hard to put my finger on exactly what went wrong. I know last week, one of the big things was third downs. Last week and this week, we have really struggled on third down. Finding a way to stay on the field has really been our name of the game over the years. That is how we need to be as an offense. We are not sustaining drives and staying on the field so that is something we are going to have to take a hard look at.”

On his mental state and whether or not he has confidence issues at this point in the season:

“I am frustrated. I think everyone in this locker room is frustrated. You do not go out there and play 60 minutes to lose. That is not in your mind. We want to fight, scratch, claw and do everything we can to find a way to win these ball games. That is, obviously, not happening in the last couple of weeks. As far as confidence and all of that, it is what it is. I am the same player. I am going to go cut it loose. I am going to be the same guy and give it my all every single game on every single play. And I will, hopefully, look up and see that we are winning more of these games. But right now, we are not, so we have to look hard at ourselves in the mirror.”

On if he can be the same player after sustaining injuries:

“I think so. Football is football. There are injuries that happen and you cannot control them. They are out of your control. Last year—if you want to bring up the concussion—that sucks. Being hit in the back of the head like that is an unfortunate part of the game. That stuff happens. I am not going to change. I am going to give it my all and I am going to keep learning as I am going. I am going to learn how to keep getting to be a better player. Do not get me wrong, as far as aggressiveness, being confident and all of those things? That is not going to change.”

On the last interception:

“We will go back and see the tape. I think that he (Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery) came out thinking one thing and I just tried to give him a chance on that corner and the guy made a good play. The chemistry was not there on that one. It is a bummer. Being down there and putting together that drive when we needed one. Obviously, ending that one in a pick was unfortunate, but I felt confident in the play called. I felt confident on the play. It is just one that we have to get on the same page.”

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