Carson Wentz’s trade to Indianapolis came after a horrific 2020 season, which began after the Philadelphia Eagles drafted QB Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 draft. Thus while many speculate that drafting Hurts was the beginning of the end for Carson, his new HC Frank Reich couldn’t disagree more.
Carson Wentz’s tenure in Philadephia was highlighted by the highest highs and the lowest lows. Under Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich, Wentz was arguably the best QB in the league in 2017.
Most people had him as their MVP through 2/3rds of the season until he got injured. But Wentz was the worst QB in 2020, throwing for 16 touchdowns and a league-leading 15 interceptions, before being benched for Hurts eventually.
Carson Wentz leads the NFL with 15 interceptions 🤯
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 1, 2020
With the 53rd overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select…
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— PFF (@PFF) April 25, 2020
Carson Wentz will have a fresh start in 2021 after reuniting with Frank Reich who is now the HC of the Indianapolis Colts. And Frank Reich is excited to work with his former QB.
Frank Reich believes drafting Jalen Hurts had nothing to do with Wentz play
Selecting former Alabama and Oklahoma QB was reportedly part of what made Wentz lose confidence. During an appearance on the Rich Eisen Show this week, Reich disagreed with that characterization.
“I don’t think that’s the case. That’s how I feel about it. That’s my opinion, that I don’t think the drafting of another player sent Carson in a tailspin,” Reich said. “I think it’s complicated. I think it was a lot of different dynamics. When you win or lose in this league, everybody should share in the success and everybody should share in the blame.”
“It usually doesn’t work that way. The quarterback, head coach, whoever, GMs tend to be the focal point. So Carson took his share of being the focal point of the blame, and that’s part of the process of being a quarterback in this league. And you’ve got to be a big boy and you’ve got to be able to take it.
“It’s time to hit the reset button and go back to the basics.”
After @Colts head coach Frank Reich rejected the widely held notion he’s the Carson Wentz Whisperer, he told us how it’s going to work with his new QB:#NFL #NFLDraft @cj_wentz pic.twitter.com/iCc0GFsvd0
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) May 6, 2021
“Now is an opportunity to hit the reset button. It’s an opportunity for the Eagles to [hit] the reset button. And … there’s nothing I want more than to see the Eagles succeed and this be a win-win for both teams — that Jalen Hurts is successful, it’s all good. I love great quarterback play, but I’m glad we got our guy.”
Carson Wentz was definitely had his share of the blame in 2020. And he took ownership of it. But in the QB-centric league that exists today, the narrative usually forgets the other holes in the team. Carson Wentz will lead a loaded Colts team in 2021 that will hope to contend amongst the best teams in the AFC.