Frank Reich won’t commit to Carson Wentz as Colts’ starting quarterback in 2022

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A day after a stunning loss to the worst team in the league knocked the Colts out of playoff contention, coach Frank Reich declined to commit to Carson Wentz as his starting quarterback in 2022.

Asked if Wentz will be the starting quarterback next season, Reich wouldn’t answer.

“We loved the team we had this year, we knew everyone we brought in this year, we expected to play winning football,” Reich said, via Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star. “Next year’s roster will be next year’s roster. I don’t want to open it up about one player and then start talking about all of them.”

That’s a very different answer than Reich gave a year ago, when he was asked whether the Colts wanted to keep Philip Rivers.

“As I sit here right now, yes, I want Philip Rivers to be my starting quarterback next year,” Reich said at the end of last season.

Rivers retired, the Colts traded for Wentz, and Reich and Wentz appeared to be joined at the hip. Although Wentz played better in 2021 than he did in 2020, his final year with the Eagles, he didn’t reach the same level he had reached early in his career, when Reich was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator.

Now the Colts have a big decision to make about how to approach the offseason, and whether they’re going to hand the starting job to Wentz, bring in competition, or move on from him entirely.

66 responses to “Frank Reich won’t commit to Carson Wentz as Colts’ starting quarterback in 2022

  1. He’s smart. Reich may like Wentz but not enough to lose his job.

    The Colts can cut Wentz in the off-season if they choose. They’d take a bit of a cap hit but they would save almost as much in cap space. It’s hard to imagine they couldn’t find someone to fill in so they can find their future QB. Case Keenum would be better than Wentz.

    As soon as Wentz reads this he’ll get his feelings hurt just like he did in Philly. Wentz may be out of the NFL next year if he gets cut. I can’t see any team wanting a QB that goes into a shell whenever they bring in competition.

  2. As a Philly fan that never really liked Wentz (the player), I kind of feel bad on how he’s getting crushed. Philly fans definitely were heavy on the criticism but at least he had some defenders around when he was traded, but Sunday night the entire internet football world was eviscerating him. He might have stunk it out but not even being able to use the internet without seeing your name everywhere has to really suck.

  3. No matter what happens at this point Wentz great grand kids are millionaires but other than that, the Eagles absolutely fleeced the Colts.

    Wentz took a flamethrower to the org last year to force is way out of town so it is especially gratifying that the Eagles were proven right about Wentz and that Wentz helmed one of the most humiliating losses (outside of a joe judge 3rd and 9 QB sneak from kneel down formation) in the history of the league.

  4. What about their overrated offensive line? They were thrown around on Sunday by the worst team in the league.

  5. If they don’t bring in competition, they are fools. They couldn’t even hang a phony boloney banner this year.

  6. Jalen Hurts and Nick Sirianni are in the playoffs while Carson Wince and Frank Reich are not.

  7. Colts fans got REAL quiet REAL quick. LMFAO. Love it. Secondly, if you are gonna give up that kind of draft capital for a player, he better not flop. What a disaster. The arrow was pointing up before the season, and seemed to be pointing up during the season. Jags slammed that window shut on them and it looks like the arrow and heading back to reality.

  8. Fernando Tatas says:
    January 11, 2022 at 9:13 am
    Colts fans got REAL quiet REAL quick. LMFAO. Love it. Secondly, if you are gonna give up that kind of draft capital for a player, he better not flop. What a disaster. The arrow was pointing up before the season, and seemed to be pointing up during the season. Jags slammed that window shut on them and it looks like the arrow and heading back to reality.

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    Ballard keeps getting praise, but the lack of leadership there and the Went trade are horrible situations for them.

    I suppose Ballard could not foresee the anti-vaxx stance by Wentz, etc, but still the value for Wentz on that trade is not good.

    I’d say he’s on a very hot seat moving into next year. I’ve never seen a GM get so much praise for doing so little. It reminds me of Dorset in Cleveland.

  9. He may have been a star at North Dakota State but he’s just not making it in the big boys NFL. Cut bait and move on.

  10. Reich liekly said that about Rivers because at the time he was essentially trying to recruit Rivers to stay on one more year, so it was a different situation. Clearly Wentz disappointed.

  11. After sending a second round pick that just turned into a 1st, well good luck keeping yourjob after next season if Wentz isn’t your guy.

  12. Philly fan and reformed Wentz apologist here.

    Reich just torched his relationship with Wentz and will need to find another option now because Wentz won’t be able to handle an answer like that.

    I read enough reports about Wentz refusing to go over what happened on negative plays with coaches, teammates not liking him, and his problems with Foles and Hurts (who both outperformed him) to know that he is incapable of seeing any connection between his play being inadequate and a team needing to explore its options.

  13. Cam Newton should be signed to compete with Wentz. A backfield of Newton and Taylor would be tough to defend.

  14. If Carson Wentz is worth, on the market (not in hindsight), a 3rd AND a 1st rounder…DeShaun Watson is worth ten 1st round picks. Wentz was worth the gamble-but not at that cost-and now the Colts are in a real pickle. Seven years left on Irsay’s promise that the Colts will win 2 Super Bowls in the 2020’s.

  15. The Colts can cut Wentz in the off-season if they choose. They’d take a bit of a cap hit but they would save almost as much in cap space.
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    The Eagles had to eat his signing bonus.

    If Wentz was cut, I don’t believe his future roster bonuses count against the Colts cap.

    Pretty the Colts are free and clear if they cut him loose.

  16. “ cheeseburger says:
    January 11, 2022 at 9:32 am
    Carson McNabb”

    More like Carson Peete

  17. Wentz did show flashes when he was here in Philly, but in the last few years he seems to be a choke artist. I always hated him trying to duck under sacks…

  18. If I were the Colts, and Aaron Rodgers is actually available… all in!

    That team would be absolutely frightening.

  19. They gave up a first and third for him. They would take a huge cap hit. It was his first year in Indy. He gets another year.

  20. Frank Reich answered the Wentz question without actually answering it. His silence spoke volumes. Reich had this team in position to be the team no one wanted to meet in the playoffs, and now they are the team that won’t even be in the playoffs. All they had to do was win one game, and they couldn’t get it done…against the Jags, no less. It’s a team loss, but again, Wentz had a meltdown when it mattered the most. Why bring him back? He is what he is.

  21. Bench the guy in the same season that you watch for first round pick go bye bye. Only in football can you make crazy money for that type of ineffectiveness.

  22. Remember Jeff George whom the colts drafted some years back?? Wentz makes that guy look like a all star. Remember this when the heat is on Wentz will fenze. 51 guys season was sent down the tube by this guy. Colts you made a bad mistake. Cut bait and move on.

  23. Danielle K says:
    January 11, 2022 at 8:51 am
    What about their overrated offensive line? They were thrown around on Sunday by the worst team in the league.

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    Excellent point. Keep in mind, the o-line did great with the run, so they can’t be that bad.

    Early in the year, I hypothesized that blocking for Wentz makes offensive lines bad, partially because he holds the ball too long. I also think that making QBs into game managers makes passing downs much more obvious, and allows defenses to attack more freely when those opportunities arise. This all stresses the o-line in pass situations.

    I stand by this hypothesis now: the Eagles offensive line turned (back) into one of the best in the NFL after a slow, but noticeable four year decline with Wentz under center. There haven’t been very many personnel changes there, either. And the Colts were highly rated coming into this year, and now are no longer highly rated. The common element is Wentz.

    I hate to say all this. He’s a nice kid. But facts is facts.

  24. I’ve been watching the NFL for 50 yrs & don’t believe I’ve ever seen a QB more Jekyll-Hyde than Wentz. Just an absolute choke job by a QB who’s not a rookie. They just needed an average game & Wentz laid an egg. This game alone, could cost him a career.

  25. This comment is for the colts owner…you are a good man..we deserve better than this!

  26. Went had 27td/7int this year…a rebound year for him considering last year he had 16td/15int. He was 10th in TD passes and had the third best td-int ratio. His fumbles this year were a career low. He played bad in the finale but their 1800 yard rusher was shut down. Their top 10 defense gave up 26 points to the Jaguars. Reich for most of his tenure in Indy has been criticized about his playcalling. Nobody showed up in Jacksonville. The Jags have beat them there what 7 straight times?

  27. As Bill Parcels said, at some point you are what your record says you are. Need to move on Indy, Wentz is not a franchise QB.

  28. Wentz should become humble and accept a 2nd string role for an NFL team. Foles, Mariota and other QBs have gone that route and so should Wentz.

  29. The problem with Wentz is he is particular and fickle, love is unconditional. Point is, Wentz doesnt love football and it shows. Howie Roseman took so much heat in Philly for moving Wentz but he looks like a genius today sitting here with 3 1st round picks AND Davonta Smith. Eagles made out like bandits.

  30. You could see on Hardknocks how Reich was trying to build up confidence in Wentz with a ton of positivity. He knew even though the Colts were winning impressively that Wentz wasn’t raising his level. Looked like it might be working when Wentz played well at the end of the Cardinals game, but alas, it was fools gold.

  31. Wentz is just good enough to cost coaches and GMs their jobs. You see him on a good day and it’s easy to project him into being a star so you commit your draft picks, time and money only to see him disappear in big games and make baffling decisions to doom your chances. And good luck fixing him because anything other than constant praise causes him to further regress.

  32. Sneaky option for Aaron Rodgers in 2022. The receiving talent isn’t comparable to the Packers but everything else is as good or better.

  33. Wentz to Houston for Watson straight up ….. why the Texans would be fools not to take this amazing deal huh !!! ….. :S

  34. Wentz is not a top 5 QB but his 2021 stats were pretty good:
    3563 YDS 6.9 YPA 62.4 COMP% 27-7 TD-INT 94.6 RAT
    Don’t move on unless you have a superstar within reach.

  35. “Wentz should become humble and accept a 2nd string role for an NFL team. ”

    I doubt that ANY NFL team will want Wentz after watching him this season….even as a backup.

    Backup QBs need to have nerves of steel….and Wentz is the opposite.

  36. Wentz’s stats aren’t bad, but he folds under pressure, which is why he will never take any team to a Super Bowl.

  37. I doubt that Frank Reich wants to spend another season trying to build Wentz’s confidence back up again. Your quarterback should already be confident in his skills, his decision making, and his play. Wentz has been in the league for 5 years now. He just can’t be trusted.

  38. Everyone just saw a STARTING quarterback transition, career wise to Backup quarterback for the rest of his time in the NFL. It’s either that or the USFL.

  39. What does this team need more? Consistency week to week or someone who rises to the occasion when the stakes are highest?

    Wentz seems to have neither, so you know where I’m going with this. Foles did his best work ever with Reich and showed that he can raise his ceiling as high as it needs to go, even to the point of out-dueling an on-fire Tom Brady in the biggest game of all. That is what the Colts have been missing, and arguably even needed a bit more of when Manning was there.

    Foles is there for the taking. Get him!

  40. You can add me to the list of former Wentz apologists. I always defended him because I saw the physical talent. But the truth is, he just doesn’t have it between the ears. He’s very stubborn and refuses to take the necessary steps to improve his game. The numbers don’t tell the whole story with this guy. He holds the ball way too long, takes WAY too many sacks and generally makes poor decisions. I admittedly did not agree with the Eagles drafting Jalen Hurts, but it all makes sense now. They clearly saw what everyone else is just now seeing.
    I still don’t know if Jalen Hurts is the answer for the Eagles, but at least I’m certain now that Wentz wasn’t.

  41. The Colts locker room is in a lot of pain.. This was a good team last year.. what happened should not have happened…l believe this team was doomed with carson performance against the Raiders. Oh what the….they were doomed as soon as he went on the field..Folks this is supposed to be your field general. He was wearing a captain badge. I have not seen a player sink a entire team since Jeff George…and jimmy’s daddy did not waste any time iin cutting bait..oh what will his son do..save the team.. Cut bait…you will be surprise how well the team will play under better leadership

  42. A quote from the colts past

    “Playoff! Playoff! Why are we talkin about playoffs”

  43. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    January 11, 2022 at 12:50 pm
    Sneaky option for Aaron Rodgers in 2022. The receiving talent isn’t comparable to the Packers but everything else is as good or better.
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    So are the Colts going to get a long term solution or are they just going to keep putting on a new band-Aid on every year or so.

  44. Most, if not everyone, agrees that the Colts need to move on from Wentz. But at what cost? They have many, many players whose contracts are expiring that need to be signed. A lot of their cap space must go to retaining those players. As we all know, a trade would be difficult because of they lack a first rounder and a third rounder. I believe the Colts are stuck with Wentz for the 2022 season. Sad.

  45. howaboutthemcolts says:
    January 11, 2022 at 5:19 pm
    The Colts locker room is in a lot of pain.. This was a good team last year.. what happened should not have happened…l believe this team was doomed with carson performance against the Raiders. Oh what the….they were doomed as soon as he went on the field..Folks this is supposed to be your field general. He was wearing a captain badge. I have not seen a player sink a entire team since Jeff George…and jimmy’s daddy did not waste any time iin cutting bait..oh what will his son do..save the team.. Cut bait…you will be surprise how well the team will play under better leadership

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    Funny you mentioned Jeff George! Wentz is probably the closest thing to Jeff George the NFL has seen since Jeff George retired. Crazy physical talent, but zero leadership skills.

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