Jets’ Brandon Marshall calls Carson Wentz ‘smart’ and ‘dumb’
Brandon Marshall probably raised a few eyebrows when he referred to Carson Wentz “dumb” during his weekly appearance Tuesday on “Inside the NFL.” But the New York Jets wide receiver did preface his harsh critique of the budding Philadelphia Eagles rookie phenom by also calling him “smart” as well.
And most importantly, Marshall provided a pretty compelling reason for calling out the young signal-caller.
Simply put, Marshall, while hailing Wentz for his arguably unexpected solid play in his first two career NFL games, believes the Eagles QB is absorbing too many huge hits when trying to make plays.
“He’s smart, but he’s also dumb,” Marshall said on Showtime’s NFL show, per NJ.com. “He has got to get out of bounds. He can’t take those hits.
“Get out of bounds. Slide. Don’t take those hits.”
While Wentz did post excellent numbers in his first two games, leading the Eagles to a 2-0 record while completing just over 60 percent of his passes for three touchdowns, no interceptions and a tidy 94.1 rating, it’s the punishment he took while trying to make too much out of particular plays that has to be troubling.
After taking his fair share of shots in his winning NFL debut in Week 1, Wentz was pummeled in Monday night’s victory over the Chicago Bears, often due to his refusal to slide when on the run. While has managed to escape injury so far, Marshall is correct in predicting sooner or later one of those jarring hits could land the budding phenom on the sideline, perhaps for an extended period of time.