Carson Wentz: Jim Irsay comments “out of left field,” thought we were in a pretty good place

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Colts owner Jim Irsay opted for bluntness when it came to summing up Carson Wentz‘s year as the team’s quarterback when he said in March that moving forward with a “mistake” was the worst thing a team can do and that it was “very obvious” that the team needed to move on this offseason.

They moved on by trading Wentz to the Commanders and making a trade for Matt Ryan, but Irsay’s comments came up during Wentz’s recent appearance on Colin Cowherd’s podcast. Cowherd asked Wentz whether it hurts to hear those comments after he threw for 3,563 yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions during a 9-8 season that ended in Week 18 with an upset loss to the Jaguars.

“I mean, it is what it is, you know. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion,” Wentz said. “I thought last year was a really fun year. I thought we did some incredible things, came up short at the end. Obviously I struggled down the stretch there and timing was poor. But yeah, I didn’t expect that. I didn’t expect things to unfold the way they did and I thought things were in a pretty good place there.I had awesome relationships with every single person in that building. Can’t say enough good things about the people over there. Yeah, it kinda came out of left field, you know? He’s entitled to his own opinion and he’s entitled to do what he wants with his football team.”

Wentz’s take on his time with the Colts is very different than the ones Irsay and others have shared since his departure, but he will get a chance to make his case that the Colts made a mistake by trading him away when he hits the field for the Commanders this fall.

25 responses to “Carson Wentz: Jim Irsay comments “out of left field,” thought we were in a pretty good place

  1. Quite different than his attitude a year ago when he got traded from the Eagles. Perhaps he realizes this is his last chance after getting traded 2x in just over a year and the last time it being a surprise that he wasn’t just outright released.

    He and Reich thought their shared belief in God was going to unlock his potential but their prayers weren’t answered. He was a petulant baby on the Eagles and for that I have no sympathy for him.

    The only place left after this year would be the Texans, lead by McNair and pastor Easterby, who keep trying to find a way to make Josh McCown, outspoken evangelist, an NFL head coach despite having ZERO coaching experience.

  2. Carson really couldn’t complain much about the comments because we all know they are true. The guy stunk up the place last year. He is lucky to be a starter this season because frankly he is no better than a backup.

  3. “I had awesome relationships with every single person in that building.”

    This is the quote that lets you know for sure Wentz has not learned anything over the past two seasons and will never change from being the guy two teams didn’t want primarily because of his personality.

  4. He’s not wrong.

    Statistically, he was 13th in the league. HIGHER than Carr, Goff, MATT RYAN, Tagovailoa, Tannehill, Hurst, Ben, Jones, Darnold, Wilson, etc.

    I mean, sure, he’s not Top 10 material. But neither anymore is the guy replacing him.

  5. you cant excuse his disaster performance against the Jags, the worst team in the league. it was win and get in and he failed. Colts were right to move on from him.

  6. “I mean, sure, he’s not Top 10 material. But neither anymore is the guy replacing him.”
    Umm.. Matt Ryan was Top-10. Whether he still is is a different question. I think the Colts will win a lot more games with Matt Ryan than Wenz. That team is very good. It could hide a lot of bad QB play. Average QB play will get them pretty far.

  7. They lost 8 games, the loss at Jville wasn’t the reason they missed the playoffs.

  8. No one ever credited Jim Irsay with class. Move on and wish Wentz well would’ve been the proper thing to do.

  9. The NFL is a strange place. Sam Bradford under delivered everywhere he went while getting paid tons of money and negatively impacting franchises, and never an unkind word was spoken about him. Carson Wentz does the same in Indy and the owner unloads on him to the press. I think it says more about Irsay than it does about Wentz.

  10. HA HA! In an otherwise dismal year for the Jags the last game with the Colts was spectacular. Wentz didn’t have a chance from the first snap as he was smothered by the Jags defense the whole game.
    I don’t think Colts fans will ever get over it. The bad news for them is the Jags defense will be MUCH better this year.

  11. He didn’t play well down the stretch, and I probably wouldn’t choose him over many others if I managed an NFL team. But he sounds like a better person than many in the league. He sounds like someone you could genuinely get along with, and that will last him a lifetime.

  12. Hes completely correct the Colts needed to move on from Wentz. At this point he’s a bust he was never the same after he got hurt in Philly and then they won the Super Bowl w/ Foles.

  13. Maybe they should also move on from the person responsible for making the “mistake” to bring him there.

  14. That’s now two teams that have now wanted to get far away from Wentz in a short periods of time. Just about any other QB seems to get a bit more time to work through the on-field issues, but not Wentz. He must be a serious disaster behind closed doors.

  15. Last year was a really fun year? Precisely why they wanted to move on from this guy.

  16. That pick 6 loss at home to Tennessee when the Colts had a double digit lead in a huge division game was a worse loss than the jags loss. He completely folded and collapsed. That should’ve been the sign to cut him after that game alone.

  17. Makes me really curious what this guy’s deal is. Seems people actively dislike him.

  18. Wentz has his warts but he doesn’t straight up “suck” like a lot of people on the Internet claim. There is something about Wentz that people just don’t personally like, apart from his on field play. Yes, he played poorly vs. Jacksonville, but he didn’t just stink the whole year. I’ll tell you what, if you had put Taylor Heinicke on the Colts last year, they are not in a position for the playoffs that last game. This is the kind of thinking people do…discount that he got them to the door step, kill him for the final game. Another thing people do…a guy like Wentz plays poorly in a must win game and he’s WORTHLESS…like, not even good enough for the XFL. But Kirk Cousins spends his entire career choking in the clutch, and this year there is so much excitement with the VIkings, they are gonna challenge Green Bay, etc.

    Bottom line, Wentz is a great big question mark this year. On field, he has all the tools to be successful. But there is something about him personally that these teams don’t like. Rivera needs to hone in on what that his and coach the boy up…and if he can, he may have a chance. ALl I know is the COmmanders have a better chance now than they did with Heinicke. Heinicke is like the spunky guy everyone loves, and I love him, but you also have to have the physical tools, and Wentz still has that, despite the general hue and cry from virtually everyone online.

    The debate will be settled on the field this season, not online in May…

  19. thurmanmerman99 says:

    That pick 6 loss at home to Tennessee when the Colts had a double digit lead in a huge division game was a worse loss than the jags loss. He completely folded and collapsed. That should’ve been the sign to cut him after that game alone.

    In Wentz’s opening presser in D.C. he acknowledged that sometimes playing “hero ball” has come back to bite him and he’s got to change his ways. We’ll see if he can do that.

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