PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz is throwing more and more passes, a trend his coach wants to stop.
Philadelphia’s rookie quarterback has averaged 45 passes per game the past two weeks, up from 30.8 attempts over the first six games. The reason is a sputtering rushing attack.
The Eagles (4-4) have had fewer than 100 yards rushing in three of their four losses. That’s partly due to falling behind 14-0 three times and quickly turning to the pass.
During their 3-0 start, they averaged 119 yards on the ground.
“I wouldn’t necessarily like to drop any quarterback back that many times,” coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday. “It goes back to being able to run the football and kind of hanging your hat there first and then (using) the play-action…