Colts planned to draft their QB of the future until Carson Wentz became available

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The Colts had stability for so long with Peyton Manning and then Andrew Luck that they barely knew what it meant not to have a franchise quarterback. But then Luck unexpectedly retired before the 2019 season.

That threw the team into a quarterback black hole.

The Colts went from Jacoby Brissett as their primary starter in 2019 to Philip Rivers as a bridge quarterback in 2020. Rivers retired after last season, putting the Colts back on the market for a starting quarterback.

Their Plan A was to draft their quarterback of the future despite holding the 21st overall choice.

The Colts ended up trading with the Eagles to get Carson Wentz, a former No. 2 overall pick.

“There’s no doubt [G.M.] Chris [Ballard] and I talked about that, and Mr. [Jim] Irsay, the three of us have talked about that together,” Reich told Albert Breer of SI.com. “That’s what you shoot for. So that’s the vision. When Andrew retired, we were looking for that long-term vision, what’s the next answer? First, was it going to be Jacoby? Jacoby did a nice job, and ultimately as highly as we thought about Jacoby, we didn’t feel like that was the long-term answer. And then, obviously, Philip was a great answer, but just the short answer. And then he retired.

“Was it going to be a draft pick? Honestly, I think Chris and I were thinking, somehow we were going to figure out how we were going to be able to draft the quarterback of our future. And then this thing came with Carson and it fell into our laps. And that’s the great thing about it, when it works that way, it almost makes you feel like it’s more meant to be because you can’t make this stuff up and you can’t manufacture it. “

Wentz is only 28 and finished third in league MVP voting in 2017, so the Colts may have found their quarterback of the future. Wentz, reunited with Reich in Indianapolis, needs this to work but so, too, do the Colts.

Otherwise, the Colts’ search for a franchise quarterback begins all over again.

“Now it’s our job as a team, as an organization to make it work,” Reich said. “And so, yeah, there’s no doubt we feel like Carson can be the long-term answer.”

12 responses to “Colts planned to draft their QB of the future until Carson Wentz became available

  1. Drafting your QB of the future at 21 when 4 other QBs are already taken usually gives you a bad QB. It can work out, but more than likely you will need multiple iteration of drafting a QB late in the first round to find a good one.

  2. Signing Carson Wentz is like having the number one pick in the draft. But also, NFL teams don’t have a good history of properly evaluating college QB’s. Because of that, there’s a very good chance you can find an elite QB at #21. Aaron Rodgers went 24th. Drew Brees went in the second round. Tom Brady was a 6th rounder. Russell Wilson went in the 3rd round. These guys are playing in the league right now. So don’t ever think that just because all the other teams are passing up a QB, that he can’t win Super Bowls. That just doesn’t reflect the history of the NFL draft. Kurt Warner wasn’t even drafted. Brett Favre went in round two. Joe Montana round three, and the list goes on and on.

  3. Good luck with that, Wentz has shown he is fragile in both departments. Not a good look for a franchise quarterback.

  4. The top 5 QBs in the league were all taken outside the top 10 and some not even in first round. Mahomes, Rodgers, Watson, Jackson.. and Brady, Brees (retired) were not even first round picks. QBs taken in the top 5 recently haven’t panned out. Goff and Wentz have had some success but Winston, Mariota, Trubisky, Darnold ect have been busts. Drafted a QB is usually a 50/50 gamble. So smart money imo says draft one that fits YOUR scheme not one you try to scheme for. I do have high Hopes for Burrough, Allen, and Herbert though.

  5. It’s Wentz’s team, but Indy will still be grooming Jacob Eason just in case.

  6. Fair warning: don’t draft a backup either because he will come apart at the seams.

  7. This is going to be a bad trade for the Colts… Carson Wentz is a lockerroom cancer, who thinks he is better than he really is at QB. The film doesn’t lie Wentz has been a trainwreck for the Eagles the past two seasons, the Eagles who by the way paid Wentz like he was in the same class as ARod and Wilson which he is not. Wentz cry when the Eagle selected a QB in the 2nd round of the draft and play like crapp. When a football team is willing to eat $35M to get a QB out of the building the GM who thinking about sign that QB had better think twice. The Colts should still draft a QB there are a couple of QBs in the later rounds who have been overlooked. The Colts wouldn’t be doing their job if they didn’t bring in another QB.

  8. clk55amg36 says:
    March 23, 2021 at 10:16 am
    This is going to be a bad trade for the Colts… Carson Wentz is a lockerroom cancer, who thinks he is better than he really is at QB. The film doesn’t lie Wentz has been a trainwreck for the Eagles the past two seasons, the Eagles who by the way paid Wentz like he was in the same class as ARod and Wilson which he is not. Wentz cry when the Eagle selected a QB in the 2nd round of the draft and play like crapp. When a football team is willing to eat $35M to get a QB out of the building the GM who thinking about sign that QB had better think twice. The Colts should still draft a QB there are a couple of QBs in the later rounds who have been overlooked. The Colts wouldn’t be doing their job if they didn’t bring in another QB.
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    Spoken like somebody who doesn’t know anything about the Colts.

  9. You can absolutely draft a QB of the future with a late pick in the draft, Lamar Jackson, Russel Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Aaron Rogers etc were not top 10 picks (yet I understand Colts fans not knowing this since they’re used to either pick #1 overall or don’t pick at all)

    They would need to fire Ballard and let someone else do it though. People like to ignore that he’s the reason the Colts QB situation is as jacked up as it is. He’s a rookie GM that only got the job because they probably felt he would be able to grow into it since the team was stable when he got there but now that he’s tasked with actually having to build a team from scratch most skill positions especially QB have been a revolving doors and a team that once dominated the AFC South is now .500 under him.

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