Rex Ryan defends Carson Wentz, blasts ‘stupid’ Nick Foles statue in Philly
Carson Wentz was booed by Philadelphia Eagles fans during Sunday’s 17-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field. While Wentz continues to lose supporters in Philly amid an underwhelming season, Rex Ryan appears to have his back.
During Tuesday’s edition of “Get Up,” Ryan came to Wentz’s defense while blasting Eagles fans for raining boos down upon the embattled quarterback on Sunday.
Ryan also pointed out how unfair it is to Wentz that there is a statue outside Lincoln Financial Field in honor of Nick Foles, who of course led the Eagles to Super Bowl LII glory while filling in for an injured Wentz in 2018.
“You better have skin like an Armadillo, I get it,” Ryan said. “I would love for Philly to finally get behind this kid [Carson Wentz]. It’s not going to happen and why? They put that stupid statue out there of the backup quarterback.”
"They put that stupid statue out there of a backup quarterback."— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) November 25, 2019
Rex Ryan did NOT appreciate Eagles fans booing Carson Wentz pic.twitter.com/TqG7jyiVIR
Ryan is referring to a statue that sits outside of the Linc that depicts Foles and Eagles head coach Doug Pederson conferring on the “Philly Special” play call that led to the team’s 41-33 win over the Patriots.
The statue of Nick Foles and Doug Pederson outside the Linc is a work of art!— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) September 5, 2018
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Wentz pointed the finger squarely at himself in the wake of a loss that dropped the Eagles to 5-6, and he certainly deserves a fair share of the blame for the team’s struggles.
The fourth-year signal-caller has posted a woeful 89.6 quarterback rating on the season, and his inability to protect the ball has doomed an undermanned Eagles offense. In Sunday’s loss, Wentz was picked off twice and lost two fumbles.
All that said, the Eagles may be down but they’re certainly not out. With the 6-5 Dallas Cowboys — a team with its own set of issues — leading the NFC East, a division title certainly remains in reach despite Wentz’s ongoing struggles.