“That’s tough on the secondary, any time the quarterback can just extend plays and find guys down field,’’ he said. “I mean, they have to cover guys for a long time and that could be really frustrating.’’
“He is a physical guy. His eyes are always downfield,’’ Eagles coach Doug Pederson said — while handing out praise somewhat grudgingly with some of the offense’s mistakes in mind. “We were able to make big plays once we were able to break the pocket.”
Wentz was not flawless. One Eagles turnover came via Washington’s pass rush, which created a deflection that Ryan Kerrigan turned into an interception he returned 24 yards for a touchdown. The other was a badly overthrown lateral to Agholor on a gimmick play out of the backfield.
The Eagles’ defense made up for the miscues. Wentz got the offense out of at least as much trouble, enough times to bring back memories of past Eagles escape artists.
The obvious drawback would seemingly be injuries, but Bennett says neither he nor coaches are worried about that at all. And the Seahawks certainly don’t seem concerned, awarding Bennett with a three-year extension worth $31.5 million that is due to keep him in Seattle through the 2020 season.
The injury that did keep Bennett out of the lineup for a while in 2016 was a knee problem, but the pass rusher now enters the postseason healthy and ready to fully contribute. Don’t expect to see much funny dancing in the team’s playoff run, though.
“You don’t want to get no fines,” Bennett said. “You get a sack, you get back up. You don’t want to give up no yards — ticky tack or nothing like that. It’s all about getting those yards if you want to win.”
Bennett earned a spot in the Pro Bowl for a second straight year, finishing the season with five sacks in 11 games.