Carson Wentz's brutal day with Commanders shows why Eagles better off with Jalen Hurts

PHILADELPHIA -- We all know that Carson Wentz left the Eagles long ago, and so did Wentz's Eagles.
But now that Wentz is back in the NFC East with the Washington Commanders, the Eagles need to meet him twice each season, beginning September 25 in Washington.
So a comparison is in order here.
Sure, it's low-hanging fruit to say the Eagles are better off with Jalen Hurts than Wentz. It's also low-hanging fruit to arrive at that conclusion after witnessing Wentz's three-interception disaster one day Monday during a commanders' training camp.
Reporters at the practice described fans booing Wentz and lamenting the fact that the team is picking up Wentz's $28 million 2022 contract. That decision forced the Commanders to part with veterans like Landon Collins, Matt Ioannidis and others in large part because they had to fit Wentz's contract below the salary cap.
But really, the reason the Eagles are better off with hurts goes much deeper than a bad day in the first week of training camp.
We caught some of this Tuesday's steamy morning practice session that saw Hurts connect with a deep ball with Jalen Reagor, further on his top target in A.J. Brown and generally made good decisions with the ball.
Commanders Quarterback Carson Wentz during day three of training camp at The Park in Ashburn.
Yes, the usual caveats certainly apply in both cases.
Wentz is certainly not as bad as his 3-INT tag. And Hurts threw an interception in each of the Eagles' first three practice sessions, including a brutal decision in which he threw himself across his body while running to the left.
Hurts is a student of the game, however, and it doesn't take much to see that he's not above criticism. He's also in a much better situation, with better players around him. And he's in the same system, with the same coaches, for the second year in a row.
That counts.
Wentz is now on his third team in three seasons. He had pretty much walked out of Indianapolis last season after a brutal end to the season. That comes a year after he reportedly asked the Eagles to trade him mostly because he didn't want to compete with Hurts for the starting job after being benched for the final 4½ games of the 2020 season.
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"I think it's in the details," Hurts said of his improvement. “I think the details will be refined and fine-tuned over time. And from Year 1 to Year 2, doing the same offense... installing the same things, tweaking, trying to do the things that (the trainers) find most beneficial, you start refining even more.
"It just takes time. It will stay that way for years to come."
Remember Hurts will only be 24 next week. There is still a lot of room for growth. Wentz, on the other hand, will be 30 in December. It's increasingly looking like he peaked in 2017 during the Eagles' Super Bowl season when he was on course to be named league MVP before tearing his cruciate ligament.
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