"Physically, he reminds me a little bit of a combination of Andrew Luck -- though, I've never played with him -- just watching him play, but a guy that I did play with in Jim Kelly -- the size, strength and just the toughness," Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said of Wentz on Friday, per Matt Lombardo of NJ.com.
Reich, of course, knows Kelly's traits as well as anyone after serving as his backup for years with the Buffalo Bills. If nothing else, it's an interesting comparison from a coach who has studied both signal-callers with his own eyes.
"The mentally tough, physically tough attitude and not being afraid to stand in the pocket and take a hit," Reich said. "I think Carson showed that, having played with Jim Kelly all of those years, a Hall of Fame quarterback, you don't want those guys to take hits but it is the willingness on fourth-and-4 with guys coming up the middle to make the play to Ertz and take the hit because that's what it takes to make the play and keep the drive alive, so those are good signs."
"Going on Monday Night Football in Chicago, obviously a very historic place like Soldier Field," Reich said. "It's great football down there. It's an exciting opportunity for the whole team, certainly for Carson as a rookie quarterback going into that environment ... There's obviously the crowd-noise factor. We obviously work that all the time, we practice it all the time, you just have to keep your poise."
While Wentz still has kinks to work out mechanically, his debut certainly came packed with "poise." He played from wire-to-wire without losing his cool, which thrilled Reich and the Eagles.
"I think we got what we expected," Reich said of Wentz's NFL debut. "He's surrounded by good players. Our whole focus going in was just to execute the plan. We thought we had a good plan going in. This game is about players, as coach says all the time, it's very true. They have to execute and don't try to do too much. Plays present themselves. Your natural ability and instincts take over and I think that's what we saw in Carson. It was what we were hoping and expecting. You still have to do it but it was a great team effort."