Colts: Current NFL head coach believes Carson Wentz is ‘dangerous’
By Jerry Trotta
The Indianapolis Colts’ decision to trade for Carson Wentz was regarded as a risk by a number of fans, and it’s hard to fault them for thinking that way.
After all, if you take one quick look at Wentz’s stats from last season, that’s all it takes to sympathize with those who are still skeptical about the trade.
For context, the former No. 2 overall pick ranked 34th in both passer rating (72.8) and completion percentage (57.4%), 33rd in yards per attempt (6.0), and 25th in passing yards per game (218.3), and was tied for last in interceptions (15) in 2020.
That was out of 35 qualified quarterbacks, by the way. Luckily for Wentz, however, the Colts’ infrastructure has him in a great position to bounce back.
While fans shouldn’t expect an MVP-caliber year from him, Wentz forcing his name back into the conversation of elite quarterbacks is a realistic expectation.
After all, some coaches are very high on Wentz’s potential.
One NFL head coach believes Carson Wentz is “dangerous.”
In his latest column for FanSided, insider Matt Lombardo went around the NFL to discuss the winners and losers from this offseason’s QB carousel. Based on the comments from a current head coach, the Colts’ decision to trade for Wentz could end up being a steal.
"“He’s still a dangerous quarterback,” a current NFL head coach tells FanSided, on the condition of anonymity to speak freely, Lombardo wrote. “If he doesn’t screw it up with forced mistakes and turnovers, then he is really tough to deal with for an entire game. He has a big arm, and he knows how to extend plays.”"
That quote should do wonders in terms of convincing skeptical Colts fans that Wentz has everything in place in Indianapolis to turn it around.
As long as Wentz cuts down on the mistakes that plagued him with the Eagles — like playing hero ball, making ill-advised throws, and trying to extend broken plays — a monster comeback season is undoubtedly in the cards for the 28-year-old quarterback.
That’s obviously easier said than done, but Wentz apparently took the offseason to reevaluate how he views the QB position.
Instead of trying to justify his draft position or the extension he signed with the Eagles two years ago, Wentz admitted to finding a middle ground between being a winning quarterback and an ego-driven superstar that tries to score touchdowns on every play.
Given that Wentz is reuniting with Frank Reich, who’s gone to great lengths to defend Wentz’s talent and helped the five-year pro enjoy his best season in Philadelphia, the Colts really have all the pieces in place to help Wentz get back to being a “dangerous” quarterback.