Colts: Latest report suggests Carson Wentz was among culprits of Eagles drama
The fall from grace that Carson Wentz endured in what ultimately proved to be his final season with the Philadelphia Eagles was well-documented, though most fans and media members really blew things out of proportion in terms of harping on his supposed leadership flaws.
Most of these reports alleged that Wentz, who was acquired by the Indianapolis Colts via trade earlier this offseason, had fallen out of favor in the Eagles’ locker room and stopped talking to head coach Doug Pederson for weeks after the decision.
It was admittedly tough to believe those claims, as several of Wentz’s former teammates — while they acknowledged he has a long way to go in the leadership department — were quick to defend how he was regarded in the locker room.
Now, however, this ordeal has taken another turn as a joint report from The Athletic (available behind paywall), which went into great detail highlighting the Eagles’ dysfunction over the last few years, suggested that the former No. 2 overall pick was among those who played a role in the drama.
A new report suggests Colts quarterback Carson Wentz wasn’t blameless amid the Eagles’ dysfunction.
We highly recommend reading the entire report, but it’s really a mouthful, so here are the CliffsNotes regarding what ultimately lead to Wentz’s falling out with the Eagles.
Essentially, the report alleged that the former Pro Bowler had too much say in coaching and personnel decisions and Pederson struggled to contain his influence, which apparently led to younger players on the roster gravitating towards 2020 second-round pick Jalen Hurts.
The report actually raved about Wentz’s football IQ, but claimed that it resulted in him wanting too much control over the offense. There were even instances where he reportedly called his own audibles at the line of scrimmage after the coaching staff called what they believed was the best play.
If there’s a silver lining to be had here for the Colts, the report did acknowledge that the loss of former offensive coordinator Frank Reich greatly contributed to Wentz’s struggles.
Other reported issues included a glaring lack of depth (and overall talent) at the wide receiver position and along the offensive line, which shouldn’t be much of a concern for Indianapolis, assuming they find a new left tackle before the start of next season.
We’re not saying Colts fans should give up on Wentz after reading this report, because the Eagles no doubt played a huge role in his demise. However, it’s definitely a little disconcerting that he was among the culprits who contributed to the colossal dysfunction within the organization.