Colts were determined to move on from Carson Wentz

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When it comes to Carson Wentz, the Colts were very motivated sellers. The Commanders, in turn, were very motivated buyers. The end result shouldn’t be a major surprise.

It was obvious that the Colts were done with Wentz.

Zak Keefer of TheAthletic.com addresses some of the dynamics regarding the Wentz situation. He writes that the issues arose before the 2022 season began. Over the course the season, the concerns increased.

Per Keefer, some concluded that Wentz displayed “a lack of leadership, a resistance to hard coaching and a reckless style of play.” Frankly, these are exactly the concerns that undermined Wentz’s time with the Eagles.

That’s why coach Frank Reich’s advocacy for Wentz was so surprising. Reich knew the concerns. Reich, as he said last week in Indianapolis, stuck his neck out for Wentz. But Reich was smart enough to pull his head back into the shell and not pin his career on pushing for a second season for Wentz in 2022.

When Keefer explains that the “Colts’ brass simply didn’t trust [Wentz] to be the franchise quarterback moving forward,” the lack of trust begins with owner Jim Irsay. Wentz knew that; he reportedly requested a meeting with Irsay to “clear the air.” Although Irsay declined, he had a pretty good excuse. He was out of town. Per Keefer, the two men eventually spoke.

Eventually, the two teams spoke. Washington called everyone. They tried to get Russell Wilson. They got Carson Wentz for two third-round picks, the second of which can become a second-round pick based on playing time. They took on the full amount of Wentz’s contract, with a payout of more than $28 million this year.

It’s not a shock, given that the Commanders were as motivated to buy a quarterback as the Cots were to sell Wentz. The Commanders were destined to overpay. They felt burned last year by being shut out of the Matthew Stafford talks. They didn’t want to lose out again. They opted to abandon nuance in their search for a quarterback.

Said coach Ron Rivera last week, “Does anybody really care what was traded for Matthew Stafford last year?”

That’s why the Commanders did it. The fact that they settled on (for) Wentz is a product of the unavailability of other options.

Yes, Wentz is still capable. He’s better than what Washington had. The question now becomes whether Wentz’s latest failure coupled with Rivera’s deft hand will result in enhanced leadership, decreased resistance to hard coaching, and a less reckless style of play.

If being traded twice in two years provides Wentz with the wakeup call he desperately needs, the Commanders may have actually gotten a bargain.

13 responses to “Colts were determined to move on from Carson Wentz

  1. They squandered quite a bit to get this clod and now they’ve dumped him onto an even dumber team.

  2. Watching his backup Nick Foles take the Philadelphia Eagles to and win the super bowl…completely broke Carson Wentz. Never was the same after that season.

  3. It truly amazes me how guys with so much talent can throw it away by being so dimwitted.

    I’m truly amazed that another organization would trade as much as the Commanders did when another team is ready to dump said dimwit after one season.

  4. Eagles gave up 5 picks to get him, then 2 each from the Colts and Commandos
    I’m trying to think of a QB who has had that many picks associated with him

  5. Every coach thinks he can “Fix that guy’s issues”
    I guess we’ll see. Washington should also draft a guy in the 1st or 2nd.

  6. It is purely a confidence issue with Wentz. I don’t really see The House That Snyder Bought as being much of a solution for him, though.

  7. Really would like to know what the “leadership” flaws were. Like came in late, left early type of guy? So strange that the Colts aren’t even bringing in competition for him but instead cut ties ASAP

  8. “Does anybody really care what was traded for Matthew Stafford last year?”

    First, Rams were a near SB team overall and just needed a slight push, the Commies are not.

    Second, teams that don’t care about getting value in trades are the ones most likely to be scraping the bottom, as Snyder proves over and over again.

  9. They should of stayed with Taylor Heinecke and beefed up the team around him but what do I know. Wouldn’t given up anything in doing that.

  10. He is this millennium’s Jeff George. He’s got all the arm talent you could ever want, but he’s simply uncoachable.

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