Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had 14 interceptions in 2016, his rookie season. He’s not letting that scare him moving forward.
“If you’re afraid to throw interceptions, you can’t play in this league,” Wentz said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “You know it’s gonna happen. Things happen. Bullets are flying out there.”
For the young quarterback, it all comes back to having the right mentality and the right attitude, no matter what happens on the field. It’s not just about picks.
“But, for me, I’m just the next-play mentality,” he said. “When I throw a pick, when someone fumbles, when we have a drop, when a lineman misses a block. Anything happens, I’m just a next-play mentality type of guy. I’m always thinking positive. You’ve gotta just always bounce back. You can’t be afraid to throw a pick every now and then. Obviously, you want to eliminate as many of those as you can, but you gotta sometimes know when it’s right to take those chances.”
Wentz had 16 touchdown passes in 2016, a number the Eagles would like to see go up. He knows he can’t be scared to fire the ball down the field if he’s going to get it into the end zone.
The best quarterbacks in the NFL keep their interception totals low. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn’t had double-digit picks since 2010, when he tallied 11. He’s never had as many in a season as Wentz, with a career high of 13 in 2008.
However, 2008 marked his first season as a starter. By not being afraid, Rodgers learned how to be incredibly productive and then reduced his interception totals. Wentz hopes to follow a similar path.