Frank Reich on Carson Wentz: I stick my neck out for people I believe in

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When the Colts acquired Carson Wentz in a trade with the Eagles earlier this year, much was made of his relationship with Colts head coach Frank Reich.

Reich was the offensive coordinator in Philly before coming to Indianapolis and worked closely with the quarterback in that role. That work has left Reich with confidence that Wentz can bounce back from a dreadful 2020 season and lead the Colts to a winning season.

During a press conference on Monday, Reich was asked about the pressure he feels to make sure that Wentz fulfills that expectation because of the blowback that would come his way if it doesn’t work out.

“I think it’s a collaborative effort that we work with Carson,” Reich said. “You stick your neck out for players as a head coach or a GM or a scout or coach. We all do it. Obviously, as a head coach, sometimes you have a bit more say in it than maybe a position coach. But that’s what you love about it. I love sticking my neck out for people I believe in. I’m willing to put it on the line for players that you believe in. I believe in this team, I believe in Carson, so I feel good about it. I do know that his play will reflect the work that he does, it’ll reflect the work that our team does, it’ll reflect the work that our staff does, all the preparation. But I don’t mind being the point person on that.”

Reich said he cringes when people say that Wentz was broken by last year’s experience because of how many factors go into a quarterback’s success. He reiterated his belief that “the culture fit” will be the right thing for Wentz and there’s a lot riding on Reich being right.

22 responses to “Frank Reich on Carson Wentz: I stick my neck out for people I believe in

  1. I challenge all the haters out there to point out QB’s who had good seasons when 4/5 of the team OL went down.

  2. How did Wentz and Goff just all of a sudden suc? Coaching must take some blame here. You give the guy an online and a few weapons and they will succeed with good coaching.

  3. He has all of the physical ability to succeed but his fragile psyche and lack of leadership skills will ultimately lead to his eventual collapse, just like in Philly.

  4. Sticking your neck out too far may result in getting your head cut off.

  5. Carson Wentz is a blue chip QB. When Frank Reich left Philly, the train came off the track. It might be just a coincidence, but it might not.

  6. You’re about to see the reckoning of CW, buckle up..he’s got all the intangibles and a big fire burning under him. You’re set under center Indy!

  7. charliecharger says:
    May 17, 2021 at 5:18 pm
    Carson Wentz is a blue chip QB. When Frank Reich left Philly, the train came off the track. It might be just a coincidence, but it might not.


    When Reich was here, he might’ve done a good job of keeping Wentz’s head on straight, but back then, everyone was pulling for Wentz. There was no adversity. And make no mistake, while Reich was a strong voice in the coach’s room, he wasn’t calling the plays that year (did Nick Foles go running over to Frank Reich to figure out if they were running the Philly Special? Nope. Do you see Reich anywhere in the frame during any part of that exchange? Nope).

    And since that year, your “blue chip QB” has made a habit out of throwing it to the guys on the other team, holding onto the ball too long, taking sacks instead of throwing it away, and killing plays he didn’t like, while continuing to insist in press conferences that his preparation was great, and that he wouldn’t change it.

    I’m not saying Reich can’t set Wentz straight, but let’s not pretend this is simple math. It’s not.

    It should be interesting.

  8. I expect him to play well in Indy, but not well enough to get past the conference heavyweights.

  9. I’m just glad my favorite team stayed away from Wentz even though they needed a QB.

  10. 4/5ths of his Oline wasn’t the excuse for him playing like trash. Go look at the replacement linemen grades from the past season and you’ll see that Philly actually had a serviceable line considering the injuries.
    There is bountiful amounts of film showing Carson with a clean pocket and open receivers throwing into double and triple coverage, missing check downs, throwing picks on check downs and the like.
    Sure the Oline could have played better, but if you need an elite line for serviceable QB play you should probably reevaluate your QB.

  11. Reich has had it pretty easy with the media in Indy. He has been the white knight who came in and did things right after Pagano failed and McDaniels bailed. Now he has taken on a QB who put up historically bad numbers last year (that’s not hyperbole, either; it’s real) and is pushing back at the media’s suggestion that this signing was a risk.

    When it’s only May, and that’s already happening, it suggests that the coach feels the pressure already.

    done something a little questionable

  12. therealtrenches says:
    May 17, 2021 at 5:4I’m not saying Reich can’t set Wentz straight, but let’s not pretend this is simple math. It’s not.

    It should be interesting.
    You make a lot of good points. I agree it’s not simple math. It never is. Wentz is still young, and I hope he works his butt off and gets straightened out. Enormous talent, but between the ears matters most. Will definitely be interesting.

  13. Filthadelpiha and packer fans have the absolute worst fanbase and most trolls by far!!! They’re obsessed with other teams for some unknown reason..

  14. This will be another interesting situation to watch this coming season. The “fragile psyche and lack of leadership skills” comment is legit. Last season he played like he didn’t care, regardless of the lack of talent around him. I watched a lot of his press conferences and he never seemed upset about his poor performances.

  15. Much has been made of Wentz’s refusal to be coached since Reich left. Part of that has been attributed to the religious bond the two shared off the field.

    It’s pretty sad you can only listen to someone who goes to the same church.

  16. Wentz fell out with the Eagles. Harry fell out with the royals. There’s something to their uncanny resemblance and propensity towards dissention. Let’s hope the Colts can call in Peyton Manning, football royalty, to do some tutoring and set Wentz up for success.

  17. We’ll see. As an Eagles fan who was over the moon about how he played in 2017, I rooted for him and defended him until the wheels came off in 2020.

    My honest evaluation of him was this: he has/had enormous physical talent, but injuries have taken their toll, and the mental part of his game appears to have plateaued a couple years ago.

    It’s possible that the right coach could still put him in better position to succeed, but the way he looked last year reminded me of some past quarterbacks who fell off a cliff when they lost confidence; struggled with injuries; and/or were figured out by defenses and couldn’t continue to evolve.

    I’m thinking David Carr, Marc Bulger, and RGIII as examples.

  18. Carson Wentz has been in the NFL for 5 years, and has yet to win 1 playoff game. His career record is 35-32-1. Going back to college he has been injury prone. In short he is inconsistent with his play on the field, he is reckless with his body, he crumbles under competition, and his lack of leadership was very clear in Philly.
    He is at best the 10th ranked QB in the NFL , and his average/expected ranking for the season is more like 18th best QB in the NFL.
    You can’t win a game when you are not on the field. Surprised Reich hasn’t learned that one. They learned that lesson in San Fran with Jimmy G.

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