Conspiracy theory alert …
Anyone else wondering if Eagles rookie quarterback/future savior Carson Wentz’s injury is legit … as in, did he really incur a hairline fracture during Thursday night’s exhibition opener against Tampa Bay, or that it should keep him sidelined, essentially, indefinitely?
Kinda hard to believe there wouldn’t be quite a few of you out there. Just haven’t heard it being “vocalized” anywhere … through oral, written or even sign-language avenues.
Seriously, people, no one thinks Philly’s NFL franchise would be capable of such silliness?
Ahhh, to be so naïve.
Think about it. Ever since the Chip Kelly debacle, and we’re not talking his meteoric rise and fall tenure here, we’re talking about his awkward, emotionally charged dismissal and replacement search, the team has seemed hell bent on staying ahead of the critical, inquisitive curve.
The hiring of Doug Pederson. The re-signing of Sam Bradford. The signing of Chase Daniel. The multi-layered maneuvering required to create the selecting of Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. All of those moves and more came wrapped in heavy rationalization with tidy little bows of pretzel logic attached.
Frankly, it shouldn’t have been a surprise that Pederson eventually let the cat out of the bag that the Birds intended to sit Wentz this season, but, rather that it took him until training-camp countdown in order to do so.
Yo, the thought of the new head coach having to answer question after question on a daily basis about the development of his prospective prodigy, and possibility of a changing of the guard at QB, was looking like a buzz kill. Ya know?
Now this …
Not for nothing, but the Eagles know how to play their cards. Maybe not on the field, but everywhere else for sure. They know their audience, the media who cover them. So, really, it wouldn’t be that hard to believe that they’d concoct a scheme to make it seem as if they had done an about-face to join the masses in wanting Wentz to play, increasing that all-important approval rating, but, gee willikers, now the kid got hurt … so he’ll actually have to sit – and we’re really peeved about that like everyone else.
Ummm, yeahhh …
Sorry, little too convenient for that setback to show up so quickly after the “encase the athletic genius in bubble wrap” announcement was met with, well, disdain and then followed by an apparent change of plan by the Birds, including Dougie P’s postgame ode to toughness with regard to Wentz.
Hey, maybe everything is legit. Merely a simple case of irony, or odd timing.
Just not buying it as such yet, and maybe never will – especially if playing time lost now starts being used as the reason for playing time lost the rest of 2016.