Wentz Upon A Time

Josh Meyers writes about sports, and this year Monday Mornings have been awful for this Eagles fan.

Josh Meyers

Josh Meyers writes about sports, and this year Monday Mornings have been awful for this Eagles fan.

  I think I shed a tear on February 18th.

  After weeks of rumors and discussions, the Eagles officially traded quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2021 third round draft pick and a 2022 second round draft pick that could potentially turn into a first rounder if Wentz plays seventy-five percent of the snaps on offense in 2021.

  It’s crazy how first everything changed. Just five years ago, the Eagles drafted Wentz second overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. Wentz had an alright rookie year but struggled at points.

  However, in his sophomore season, Wentz took off. He threw thirty three touchdowns in thirteen games, becoming the immediate frontrunner for the high honor of NFL’s Most Valuable Player.

  But that changed in an instant.

  In the third quarter of a week 13 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams, Wentz tore his ACL and was deemed out for the rest of the season, simultaneously ending his MVP run.

  At the time of the injury, losing Wentz was brutal for the Eagles.

  Cue backup quarterback Nick Foles. Foles ended up leading the team through the playoffs and to the franchise’s first ever Super Bowl victory with one of the best all time playoff performances for a player.

  That offseason, there was talk that the Eagles should trade Wentz and keep Foles as the starting QB. However, Wentz came back from injury and remained the starting QB for the 2018 season, but got hurt later in the season. Foles took over for the Birds in the playoffs once again.

  Foles ended up leaving for free agency the next offseason which left Wentz as the only viable starter. Wentz’s 2019 season was arguably his second best as he threw for twenty seven touchdowns and hit four thousand yards passing for the first time in his career. Wentz was supposed to make his first ever start in a playoff game and did but left the game early in the first quarter after taking a shot to the head.

  Durability concerns and back to back mediocre seasons frustrated fans and it wasn’t going to get any better at all. Actually it was going to get one hundred times worse.

  In the 2020 season, Wentz was statistically the worst QB in the NFL, throwing fifteen interceptions, fumbling the ball ten times (four lost), and having a dismal 72.7 quarterback rating. Wentz ended up losing his starting job to rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts who started the last four games of the season.

  Fan’s frustrations about Wentz reached a peak the last season. There were reports that Wentz didn’t take accountability for his bad play and lost connections with general manager Howie Roseman and former head coach Doug Pederson.

  With Jalen Hurts looming, Howie Roseman was pressured to trade the struggling Wentz and ended up pulling the trigger this February.

  It was a wild ride with Carson Wentz that had many ups and downs.

  It can be said that trading Wentz after five seasons was an organizational failure by the Eagles and I agree. I believe the team and the fanbase gave up on Wentz too early and that the team did little to express their overall confidence in the QB after his ACL tear..

  Wentz will join Colts head coach Frank Reich, who was the offensive coordinator of the Eagles 2017 Super Bowl winning team and Wentz’s best year as a pro.

  As a Wentz fan in the past, I wish him nothing but the best and hope he proves the Eagles wrong and wins another Super Bowl ring with the Colts.