The trade involving Jordan Matthews hit his teammates hard, especially Carson Wentz.
The Eagles quarterback acknowledged the difficulty in not only losing a pivotal wide receiver, but also losing his close friend. Nonetheless, he trusts the franchise’s decisions and knows the team will push forward.
“It’s tough,” Carson Wentz said Saturday, via Philly.com. “It’s one of those things where there’s the personal side to things and the football side to things. The football side of things, you just got to trust what they’re doing upstairs. Ultimately, they’re the ones that make those decisions. And what they think is best for the team, I’m going to be in support of 100 percent.
Getting Cam Newton and Russell Wilson in consecutive games to open is rough on that rebuilding defense. The Niners will need that home win badly against Los Angeles to save some face.
This where San Francisco needs to make hay away from the Bay to try to boost that record a bit to stop resembling 2016. The good news is their road games here are against fellow non-playoff teams. The bad news is that lone home date against Dallas can’t get more brutal.
This month is critical for San Francisco to build some momentum for 2018. Every game except that long trip to Houston is very winnable. This is where Shanahan and Lynch’s young corps need to play hard and come through with a few strong overall performances.
That’s a modest projection that the Niners will mine more than twice as many wins as they had last season. As Shanahan needs to wait a little for Lynch to gather some solid all-around talent, that will be a better accomplishment than you think.