4 – Instincts like Favre
Coach Doug Pederson is familiar with Brett Favre’s moxie; he backed up the Hall of Famer in Green Bay for eight seasons. During his time in Green Bay, Pederson was able to study what made Favre such a great football player. He believes he sees a lot of the same attributes in Wentz’s game as he did in Favre’s.
Favre was fearless, a true leader and showed incredible fortitude throughout his career. Many would say they see the same characteristics in Wentz. Ever since Favre took the NFL by storm, it’s become cliché to anoint a young quarterback a gunslinger. But Wentz isn’t just a cliche, he actually reminds me of Favre and his play on the field backs up all the accolades.
On Brett Favre’s SiriusXM radio show, coach Pederson compared Carson Wentz to his former teammate saying, “This kid has some of the same instincts that you had, eyes are always downfield, you’re looking for that big play, the home-run play, the broken play. And he’s got that in him and that’s something that’s very special. And you can’t teach that. That’s an instinct that a lot of people don’t have and we’re fortunate that our guy has it.”
Pocket presence is something you hear a lot when talking about quarterbacks and Carson Wentz has shown he has it. Favre always seemed aware of blitzes and pressure, he and knew when to flee the pocket. Wentz has shown this ability already and he seems more comfortable than any other rookie signal-caller since Big Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben went on to a rookie record of 13-0 in the regular season and won the Super Bowl the next year, by the way