Frank Reich says building confidence in quarterbacks about going back to basics

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Because a trade to acquire Carson Wentz won’t be official until the start of the new league year next month, Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich can’t talk specifically about the team’s next starting quarterback.

But when Reich is asked about how to build up confidence in a quarterback, it’s pretty clear the subject at hand.

During his meeting with reporters on Thursday, Reich said the process of building confidence in quarterbacks, and players in general, is to start from the bottom.

That’s a great question and a very relevant question, always; the confidence level at every position, certainly not just the quarterback position. I think one of the great misnomers is sometimes fans think that these are the greatest players in the world…I’ve seen some of the best players in the world, everybody loses confidence for a moment,” Reich said, via Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan. “It may be brief, but it always goes back to the same way. One of the ways you build confidence back is you go back to the basics. You go back to the fundamentals technique. You go back to your basic schemes and you build it one play at a time. That’s true for any of us. That’s the way we’ll handle every position.”

Wentz is in Indianapolis because of a disastrous 2020 campaign in Philadelphia that saw him lose the starting job with the Eagles to rookie Jalen Hurts. Wentz had 15 interceptions, tied for the most in the league with Drew Lock, despite only starting 12 games last year. Wentz’s 57.4 percent completion percentage was a career-low and just a tenth better than Lock’s for worst in the league among qualified passers. While Wentz isn’t responsible for every aspect of those numbers — injuries to the offensive line and lack of explosiveness at receiver also played a part — he no longer looked like the player he did in 2017 before his knee injury.

If the Colts want to get Wentz back into that kind of form, it make take stripping it down to the bare bones and building him back up from there.

12 responses to “Frank Reich says building confidence in quarterbacks about going back to basics

  1. Attaboy Frankie, just what Carson needs.. Fresh start and a rebuild of his own confidence in a system where he can excel.

  2. If it’s about going back to basics why not just get a rookie instead of rebuilding Wentz from scratch

  3. Wentz’ problem wasn’t lacking confidence in himself. It was playing behind a line that saw him get sacked at a rate 3x more than Phillip Rivers was last year, even though Phillip is the biggest statue in the pocket I’ve ever seen since Drew Bledsoe. Good thing he’s playing behind that exact same line this year. Wentz will get back to being a 4,000 yard | 30 Touchdown type of quarterback this year, no problem.

  4. packerbacker1987 says:
    February 26, 2021 at 7:51 am
    Wentz’ problem wasn’t lacking confidence in himself. It was playing behind a line that saw him get sacked at a rate 3x more than Phillip Rivers was last year, even though Phillip is the biggest statue in the pocket I’ve ever seen since Drew Bledsoe. Good thing he’s playing behind that exact same line this year. Wentz will get back to being a 4,000 yard | 30 Touchdown type of quarterback this year, no problem.—————————————————–Not playing behind same line. Their starting left tackled retired.

  5. rodgerstonelson says:
    February 26, 2021 at 8:15 am
    packerbacker1987 says:
    February 26, 2021 at 7:51 am
    Wentz’ problem wasn’t lacking confidence in himself. It was playing behind a line that saw him get sacked at a rate 3x more than Phillip Rivers was last year, even though Phillip is the biggest statue in the pocket I’ve ever seen since Drew Bledsoe. Good thing he’s playing behind that exact same line this year. Wentz will get back to being a 4,000 yard | 30 Touchdown type of quarterback this year, no problem.—————————————————–Not playing behind same line. Their starting left tackled retired.
    ————————-

    Oh no! That’ll plummet the Colts OL into the bottom 5 of the league like the Eagles were last year, right? Call the President now and send help immediately.

    Carson will be just fine.

  6. That’s an interesting comment given Wentz’s issues with basics like his footwork. It’s such an obvious connection you have to wonder if that wasn’t intentional on Reich’s part.

  7. mm556 says:
    February 26, 2021 at 5:18 am
    If it’s about going back to basics why not just get a rookie instead of rebuilding Wentz from scratch
    ______Do you really need that answered?

  8. We Philly fans had to watch Wentz for many years. Even his almost-MVP year he would force passes into tight windows. Defenses figured him out following years. He is still who he is… forces passes and shoots high. There are a lot of fundamentals that he needs help with. He will do average at best until he can win a few playoff games because that Super Bowl win won by Foles is stuck in his head. I know colts fan won’t like this but in the last 20 years there hasn’t been one successful Eagles QB that got traded that did well for the long run. Hope he does so we get a 1st rounder out of it, but beyond that don’t expect much from him.

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