1. Trading for Carson Wentz
Trading for Carson Wentz was just as much Frank Reich’s idea as it was Ballard’s, but the fifth-year general manager had to approve of the decision, no? Regardless, any time you unload multiple draft picks, including a likely first-rounder, to acquire a seemingly broken quarterback, that move is going to be heavily examined on a week-to-week basis.
That’s precisely where Ballard falls with Wentz after he unloaded a 2021 third-rounder and a conditional second-rounder in 2022 to acquire the former No. 2 overall pick.
We hate putting too much pressure on Wentz’s shoulders, but it’s not hyperbole to say that Indianapolis will go as far as he takes them. That’s a terrifying thought after he finished almost last in the NFL in completion percentage, yards per attempt and passer rating last year.
The success of the 2021 Colts will hinge on the play of Carson Wentz.
If we’re being honest, there are plenty of reasons to believe Wentz will turn things around. Not only did he enjoy his best season with Reich as his offensive coordinator, but he’s one of the most physically gifted quarterbacks the league has to offer.
Throw in the fact Wentz will have a formidable offensive line, a deep WR corps, and a prolific rushing attack and he has a great chance of becoming the top-tier quarterback he was just two years ago when he led the Eagles’ makeshift roster to the playoffs.
Bottom line? There are no more excuses for Wentz. If he doesn’t perform up to his potential, the proverbial finger will be pointed at Ballard and Reich for acquiring him in the first place.
While all three of these moves carry great risk for Ballard and Indy, the NFL is a quarterback-driven league, meaning Wentz was the only one deserving of the top spot.