Indianapolis Colts: 3 reasons a Carson Wentz trade actually isn’t as bad as you might think
By Mike Luciano
Indianapolis Colts GM Chris Ballard and head coach Frank Reich need to find their fourth starting quarterback in four seasons in the coming months, as the retirement of Philip Rivers created yet another colossal vacancy. Given their cap space and past familiarity with Carson Wentz, the Colts have been frequently mentioned as a potential landing spot for the former No. 2 pick.
Wentz, who was at one point considered an MVP favorite and coming off of three straight seasons in which he led the Eagles to the playoffs, threw 15 interceptions and was sacked 50 times in 12 games this past year. Still, there’s hope that Reich could get his hands on him and figure out how to fix him.
Ballard claims that he’s “exploring lots of options” amid the frequent links to Wentz, a sign that the former No. 2 overall pick and one-time MVP candidate could restart his career in Indy after fizzling out in Philadelphia last season. While 2020 looks concerning for Colts fans, that shouldn’t deter them from making this trade.
With a contract that could enable the Colts to potentially move off of him if he doesn’t pan out, the financial implications that come with trading for Wentz shouldn’t trouble a Colts team with more than enough cap space. If he’s on the market, there are reasons to believe Wentz will be more successful in Indianapolis than he was in Philadelphia.
There are 3 key reasons Carson Wentz could work with the Indianapolis Colts
3. Carson Wentz and Frank Reich have familiarity with each other
Reich was the reason Wentz was an MVP candidate back in 2017.
Wentz’s best season came in 2017, when he threw 33 touchdowns and was intercepted just seven times. Coincidentally, that came when Reich was his offensive coordinator. What makes Reich so great, as has been proven with the Colts, is the fact that he has been so adaptable as a play-caller.
He was dealt with a risky gunslinger in Andrew Luck, a mobile, inconsistent quarterback in Jacoby Brissett, and in immobile grey beard in Philip Rivers. Reich has had success with all three, a sign that he could end up returning Wentz to the player that completely demolished the rest of the NFC in 2017.
Doug Pederson took on offensive coordinator duties last year, and the result was an offense that led the league in average depth of target, yet struggled to consistently reel off big plays. In a Reich offense that features more high-percentage throws, Wentz could cut down on the turnovers and start dominating once more.