Frank Reich: Carson Wentz did a lot this season

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The Colts gave up a first-round pick for quarterback Carson Wentz in a trade with the Eagles because they hoped he would get them to the playoffs this season, but that’s not how things are going to play out in Indianapolis.

A 26-11 loss to the Jaguars on Sunday left them clinging to slim playoff hopes and those hopes disappeared for good when the Steelers beat the Ravens in overtime. Wentz threw an interception and lost a fumble as the Colts fell behind 26-3 and finished the day 17-of-29 for 185 yards.

Sunday’s loss came a week after the Colts offense looked sluggish in a loss to the Raiders and Reich was asked after the game if Wentz did enough to be the answer at quarterback again next season.

“I think Carson did a lot,” Reich said, via CBS Sports. “And I think we’re a team. I think he’s our quarterback and I think we’re all going to learn and grow from this year. . . . A lot of bright moments for Carson. I’m not going to go deep into individual assessment.”

Reich also said that the team’s passing offense was not productive enough in the second half of the season, so the Colts will have to decide if the bright moments constitute a bright enough future to run things back in 2022.

48 responses to “Frank Reich: Carson Wentz did a lot this season

  1. He did a lot of nothing. Let’s be honest, beating the Patriots was their super bowl.

  2. Wasn’t a fan of the Wentz trade initially, became cautiously optimistic in the middle of the year and utterly devastated by his play late in the year. Unless they can pry Wilson, Rodgers, Ryan (Ehhhh) or Carr from their teams where do the Colts go?

    Pretty sure Wentz is the QB next year and he will still be just as frustrating to watch.

  3. Carson Wentz did a whole lot of NOTHING Because they are no different than your Jets & Giants of the World since they will be at home like the rest of them. Ladies and and Gents there is a STATUE in Philly of NICK FOLES and NOT CARSON WENTZ. That alone should have been a reminder that you had zero business shoving this Colts team in our faces saying that they were a threat to the Conference let alone the Super Bowl. This has to be right up there with one of the All-time CHOKE JOBS.

  4. Having trouble choosing between the jokes and snarky comments and all I did is make my brain overload and I see smoke coming out of my ears. Medic!
    Reich is an awesome coach.
    Wentz is as unreliable as it gets from multiple angles. IMO. I hope Reich gets a better QB in the near future I think he is a coach who could be elite. His current QB1 is not. Again IMO

  5. I remember when Wentz was a rookie. He looked really good. Now he looks like he’s playing scared. He’s indecisive, inaccurate, and looks like he’s afraid to get hurt. No matter what Reich says, Wentz did a lot to find himself out of the league in a few years.

  6. You wanted this, Reich. You thought you could fix him, or that there was actually nothing wrong with him.

    And even though Wentz’s 2021 stats may suggest that his historically bad performance in 2020 was an anomaly, you can’t deny that what he did in 2020 made him a *huge* risk.

    Today, he looked more like the 2020 version of Wentz who wore midnight green and helped plummet his team to a 3 win season than the 2021 version of Wentz who only threw 7 picks before today.

    And today is when it mattered most.

  7. He thinks he’s their qb? I’m not a coach but Wentz is the anchor, the anchor whose weight is holding them down

  8. He didn’t get to the playoffs while the Eagles did.
    Wasn’t that the whole point?

  9. zultash says:

    January 9, 2022 at 5:34 pm

    Carson Wentz did a whole lot of NOTHING Because they are no different than your Jets & Giants of the World since they will be at home like the rest of them. Ladies and and Gents there is a STATUE in Philly of NICK FOLES and NOT CARSON WENTZ. That alone should have been a reminder that you had zero business shoving this Colts team in our faces saying that they were a threat to the Conference let alone the Super Bowl. This has to be right up there with one of the All-time CHOKE JOBS
    ——-
    Philly fans also threw batteries at santa so let’s not act like their smart or the standard of any thinking.

  10. Eagles make playoffs, trade Wentz and Get a #1 pick for Wentz. Thats a win win for the Eagles.

    For the Colts? I dunno, Wentz looks way too inconsistent on what should be a team with a solid defense and the best rushing attack in football.

    At least the Colts offense looked good until the last 2 weeks..

  11. Honestly, he may have had COVID fog still. He was playing decently until he got COVID and rushed back and played like complete garbage. Remember Andy Dalton and Cam Newton both saying that they were real foggy and couldn’t think straight for a couple of weeks after they had it. I’m sure it doesn’t affect everyone the same way, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility.

  12. Wentz was unreal during that SuperBowl run in 17’ right up til that Rams game where he got injured. He should have been MVP that year, he was THAT good.

    Unfortunately he has been a shell of himself ever since. He never came back to that same form, and everyone else around him was blamed for it other than himself. Coaching, surrounding cast, etc. it was always everyone else’s fault. But Point blank, he’s just not the same player.

    As an eagles fan I’m glad we got a 1st and 3rd for him. But it’s a shame he never recaptured his form, for the eagles sake OR for Indy’s sake. Reich is gonna get torched for making that trade, but it was a calculated risk and I can’t fault him for it. When he coached Wentz, he was runner up for MVP. It was a worthwhile risk and hindsight is 20/20.

  13. I’m a Colts fan and I’ve tried to support Wentz, but no more. He did a lot more bad than good Coach Reich. It wasn’t all him, no receivers, poor pass protection, but he just does too many bad things.

  14. You know what they say about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? Reich is delusional (or just being diplomatic at the moment). If you look at the body language of Wentz’s own teammates after his second turnover, it was obvious they had zero confidence in him. Zero.

  15. Yeah he did a lot of hanging on to Taylor’s cape and when the time came for him to step up because Taylor couldn’t carry him anymore at the moment, he reminded everybody that he’s really just a mediocre QB. Again, this happened against a 2-14 Jags team with a playoff berth on the line. Banish him to the shadow realm.

  16. Kaepernick accomplished more than this guy. Sam Bradford part 2. Getting multiple contracts for doing absolutely nothing except all hype and no results.

  17. LOL, Philly fans must be right whenever Santa is invoked. 😂
    Seriously Indy fans? Who are you trying to convince?

  18. “Wentz is as unreliable as it gets from multiple angles. IMO. I hope Reich gets a better QB in the near future I think he is a coach who could be elite. His current QB1 is not. Again IMO” Nobody asked you.

  19. Better say nice things about Wentz or he’ll go all AB on you. This is a guy who forced his way out of Philly because he felt disrespected. Can’t imagine how he feels now.

    Taylor should ask to be traded since the Colts basically chose Wentz over him with their season on the line after Taylor carried them the entire season.

  20. As a former Wentz fan, it’s time to admit that he’s just not the same QB he was 4 years ago. He’s a backup at this point. He was never the same after the knee…not physically and not mentally. The other injuries and watching Foles win a SB (and get close to doing it again the next year) destroyed him. He shows glimpses of his former ability, but then goes back to making awful decisions and terrible throws. He’s just not good. I doubt they’ll move on, but that’s the way it is.

  21. “Frank Reich: Carson Wentz did a lot this season”???? Isn’t he one of the unvaccinated morons who then had Covid-19 and now has COVID “fog”???
    If he was a real leader he would have been vaccinated!

  22. First let’s put the whole Santa thing to rest. The guy wasn’t even the person who was supposed to be playing Santa. He was a drunk who just turned up.

    As far as Wentz goes I blame him and Lurie for how his fortunes turned after he got injured in 17.

    He was insecure because Foles stepped in and won the SB si he tried to come back early. The same thing happened to McNabb in 06–blew out his knee and tried coming back in 07. Wasn’t the same. Lurie should have told him he was sitting the whole year in 18 until he was completely healed.

    Wentz has been a head case ever since.

    Sure this trade almost crippled Philly’s cap BUT–they got a 21 3rd rounder that they used to trade up with the Cowboys for Devonta Smith, snatching him from the Giants and the 18th pick in this year’s draft. PLUS–THEY’RE going to the playoffs and Wentz is sitting at home.

    Think he regrets whining his way put if Philly?

  23. Carson has multiple issues; he’s not an accurate passer, he tries too hard to make things happen instead of throwing the ball away, and he is a fumbler of epic proportions.

  24. Carson coming back from unvaccinated covid in 5 days is a real issue. He may have had minimal symptoms- or maybe not- but Covid is tough and he played 5b days after diagnosis. He still may have been affected this week. It’s a real explanation for why his play dropped off so significantly.

  25. Wow. What an “I told ya so” moment coming outta Philly. Everyone wanted to hop on this train except for those who have suffered watching him play the last 3 years. Even Dan Orvlovsky kissed his rear end and said that on Hurts’ best day he wouldn’t even sniff Carson Wentz. A lot of people look really bad right now. My advice to any Colts fans: Pressure your front office to make a change NOW. There is nothing good that will come out of keeping him around. Just ask Howie.

  26. Carson Yutz has proved he will always be the dumbest player to ever play professional football. On a good day he has a double digit IQ. One a bad day, he’s even dumber than Lame from Baltimore. And he has 8 IQ points.

  27. Philly thanks Frank Reich for not only the first-round pick but for also taking that boat anchor of a contract off Philly’s books. Indy is stuck with him now. They paid $100M for a guy whose team can only win when he hands off the ball.

  28. As an Eagles fan who has seen a whole lot of Wentz, I’d say he was pretty much what we thought he was by the end of last season. He doesn’t stink? And he’s capable of making some outstanding plays. In the end, though, he’s not the guy you can really rely on, especially in the big moments. He’s like probably 15th-20th best Qb I’m the league, probably.

  29. Stilljustafaikedlawyerwjthabkog

    Who asked me to comment? My my, we all here must feel ashamed for not RSVP’ing, I do apologize and, how could anyone disagree with such a well thought criticism? I will re-examine each key before I strike it cause your very sharp wit. Thank you.

  30. Yes, enough for no playoffs and giving up your first round draft choice – another Philly special

  31. “Philly fans also threw batteries at santa so let’s not act like their smart or the standard of any thinking.”

    … so let’s not act like they’re smart…
    Fixed it for you. Sorry, but when you acting superior you have to be careful.

  32. This is why the eagles got rid of him. He just teases everyone. All I know is JALON HURTS & eagles r in the playoffs & Wentz is NOT. I guess god wasn’t watching the colts today! But Wentz made generational money. He’s not that sad.

  33. I mean the Colts lost to the Jags! Whenever there’s pressure-like winning a playoff spot- Wentz melts. He’s just so glib about it. He’s NOT a team guy & not a good leader. J. Hurts is. He may not be as talented, but he’s more likable.

  34. So much for the Colts being “the team that you don’t want to see in the playoffs”.Why put the game in Wentz’s hands when you have the best RB in the NFL?

  35. I just find it totally funny that they used to compare Dak and Wentz asking who was better..
    Now they both play about the same…. aren’t there when you need them most…

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