Ike Reese: Carson Wentz ‘Looks Like Peyton Manning’

To give you an idea of how over Carson Wentz is with Eagles fans, check out this clip from Philly sports radio host Ike Reese, hours after a 34-24 romp of NFC East rival Washington on Monday Night Football.

That audio comes via Amy Lawrence of CBS Sports Radio, an early morning broadcast with the interview airing live at roughly 3 a.m.

“He has the command of the offense,” said Reese, an afternoon drive host on Philly’s 94WIP. “I don’t even feel like I’m overstepping my boundaries when I give him this type of praise, but he looks like Peyton Manning at times when he’s in his pre-snap reads. It’s almost like he can call out whatever the defense is trying to do to him and then put the offense in the right place, and he’s making plays. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.”

“I don’t know if I’m going to go to sleep tonight,” Reese went on to say. “I just may stay up all night. I may go home and re-watch the game. I don’t know what I’m gonna do.”

The Redskins’ running game was as close to nonexistent as you’ll find in an NFL game, forcing Kirk Cousins to pass, a lot, completing 30 of 40 passes (75%) for 303 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Whatever success Cousins previously had against the Eagles — he was 4-2 against the NFC East rival entering the game — was drowned out by his growing list of Monday Night Football failures.

Wentz, on the other hand, ripped Washington’s defense to shreds, completing 17 of 25 passes (68%) for four touchdowns and one interception. He gained an additional 63 yards with his legs, extending plays and moving the chains, torturing an already worn-down Redskins defense into submission.

Heading into the Week 7 matchup, Redskins coach Jay Gruden bemoaned the quick progress the second-year quarterback has made.

“I think he’s progressed at a rate as fast as anybody I’ve seen, really,” Gruden said. “His ability to make plays in the pocket, his ability to stay in the pocket in the face of a rush and still deliver balls accurately, his command of the offense.”

“I don’t know how he got to Philadelphia,” he added. “And I’m very upset about that.”

The Eagles are sitting pretty at 6-1 — the best record in the NFL — after the win, with a healthy division lead over the 3-3 Redskins and Eagles. It’s the best Philly’s looked in years, certainly since their last division title in 2013.

Asked how starved Eagles fans are for a deep playoff run, Reese said, “Oh, we are so starved. I mean, we haven’t won a playoff game here since the [2008] playoffs when the Eagles went up to the Meadowlands and beat the Giants up there, before they went on in lost in the NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals.”

“That’s the last time we won a playoff game in this city,” he said.

Must be nice.

“We’ve been a couple times since then,” he said. “But we’ve lost in that first round. So this city is starving for postseason success like we had in those early 2000s.”

Reese emphasized a need for patience in the grind of a long NFL season: “We’re going to have to do our jobs here in the media of trying to keep that in perspective. Our fans, they’re going to go crazy with it, but it’s still a long way to go and we’ve got a lot of football left to play. Feeling good right now, but want to make sure that we’re playing this way when December comes around and the meaningful football starts.”

“Recent history has shown us that nothing is guaranteed and you can’t take anything for granted,” he said in one breath, while adding with the next, “And so we miss having football in January around here.”

“I tell you, this kid playing the way that he’s playing — No. 11 — with the rest of this team, I think we’re gonna have our fair share of postseason play during this kid’s career,” he said. “We’re hoping for that trophy so we can go down Broad Street with that parade, like the Phillies gave us back in 2008. We need that Eagles parade desperately in this town.”

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