Eagles coach: Wrong message if Wentz benched

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Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he is sticking with quarterback Carson Wentz as his starter for next Monday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks despite Wentz’s continuing struggles.

“If you get to that spot where you don’t start him or you bench him, I think you’re sending the wrong message to your football team that this season is over, and that’s a bad message,” Pederson said following the Eagles’ 22-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, which dropped the Eagles to 3-6-1. “We have to work through this. When times get tough, sometimes that might be the easy thing to do.

“This sport is bigger than one guy. We all have a hand in it and we all have to fix it,” he said.

Wentz finished 21-of-35 for 235 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, including a pick six. He was sacked five times — once in the end zone for a safety — and absorbed 10 QB hits.

Pederson said he did not consider benching Wentz on Sunday for Jalen Hurts, the team’s second-round pick this past April, noting how close the Eagles were from making it a competitive

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