It seems as if Michael Wilbon just found his inner Howard Eskin.
The co-host of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption thinks fans and analysts have overrated Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz after the team's 27-20 loss to Washington on Sunday, and used some choice language to describe them.
“The Eagles have lost two straight, and we’re not hearing about ‘Wentzylvania’ anymore, are we?" co-host Tony Kornheiser asked to open the segment on Monday’s show. “Have we overrated this kid?”
“I didn’t,” Wilbon proudly proclaimed. “Every other dope in the world did because they have to declare stuff now.”
Unfortunately, Wilbon sounded just like the people he’s now mocking after Week 2, when the Eagles soundly defeated the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.
"I'm really impressed with Wentz,” Wilbon said the following Tuesday. "When you're a freshman in high school, all you can do is ace the pop quizzes, and so far, he has aced the pop quizzes. … Philadelphia could be the hardest place to play quarterback in the NFL, but when you start off like this, there's not much for talk radio to dissect at this point.”
Wilbon’s point now after two Eagles losses seems to be that Wentz hasn’t lived up to the increasing hype surrounding his strong start, and reminds him of another recent rookie phenom in the NFC East.
“Wentz played three games and people God-ed him up, as if this didn’t happen in the same division with Robert Griffin III over an entire 16-game season,” Wilbon unloaded. “People are so stupid, and fueled with these numbers drunkenly, they have to go out and tell you how great everybody is after two games."
Kornheiser defended Wentz, praising his perfectly thrown, 54-yard pass to Jordan Matthews in the fourth quarter and noting that most of the blame for the loss goes to the Eagles defense. But he also pointed out that the coaches on other teams get paid to watch film, too.
“When you get two or three games' worth of film on this kid, you’re going to figure out where some weaknesses are,” Wilbon said. “So all these dopes running 'round and saying he’s going to be the greatest thing since Joe Montana, let’s pump the brakes a little bit.”
Despite the negative tone, Wilbon still thinks Wentz is better than a certain quarterback in Chicago.
“God knows I’d like to trade him for my Number 6 on my team,” Wilbon said, referring to Jay Cutler.