Colts: Here’s why making a move for Carson Wentz shouldn’t happen

Eagles QB Carson Wentz (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

This season has proved why the Colts shouldn’t make a move for Eagles QB Carson Wentz.

Despite the fact that Philip Rivers has been solid under center in 2020, it goes without saying that the Indianapolis Colts will be in the market for a quarterback this offseason.

In terms of free agents, there won’t be an abundance of options for GM Chris Ballard to choose from. Luckily for him, however, it’s widely anticipated that a handful of signal callers will be made available via trade by their respective organizations, and that resulted in Eagles gunslinger Carson Wentz being linked to the Colts.

We gave our thoughts about Wentz potentially reuniting with Frank Reich, who was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia for the first two seasons of his career, about a month ago and we honestly didn’t hate the idea.

Since then, however, we’ve come to the realization that Wentz is a shell of the MVP candidate he was three seasons ago. To put it simply, his alarming regression statistics prove why Indianapolis shouldn’t even approach the Eagles about a potential trade for him.

That’s right, folks: the former No. 2 overall pick is just the sixth quarterback since 1950 (!) to have his passer rating drop 24 points below his combined rating from the previous three seasons. The most damning nugget? The fact that he’s the first QB under 30 years old to do so.

It’s normally an honor to be mentioned in the same breath as Peyton Manning and Brett Favre, but not in this case. For added context, those two all-time greats were 39 and 41, respectively, when their production and efficiency took a nosedive.

At 28, Wentz is supposed to be in the prime of his career. We get the Eagles don’t have a ton of receiving talent and their offensive line has been decimated by injuries, but that doesn’t excuse the countless boneheaded decisions Wentz has made this season and how his pinpoint accuracy has vanished.

Through 11 games, Wentz ranks 35th in the NFL in yards per pass (6.0), 36th in both passer rating (73.4) and completion percentage (58.1%), and last in giveaways (19) among quarterbacks with at least 90 pass attempts.

That pretty much sums up his struggles. The former Pro Bowler is as broken as can be and we’re honestly not sure if anybody — not even Reich and the Colts’ elite coaching staff — is capable of fixing him.