It’s funny sometimes how people don’t realize the error in their ways until it’s too late. Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz is finally admitting that he could have done better during his time in Philadelphia. It wasn’t solely about what he did on the field but more about him as a teammate and person in the locker room.
“There are always things I look back on [think], man, I could have been better here. I could have been better as a person, as a teammate. [There are] lots of things that you do take for granted,” he said. “And so I think I definitely thank God for the experiences I’ve had even though sometimes they’re dark or sometimes they’re not how I envisioned them to be. But I think it’s allowed me to grow as a person, and I’m thankful for that.”
Wentz joined his third team in three years in the offseason when he was traded from Indianapolis to Washington for multiple draft picks. The 29-year-old QB failed at his first two NFL stops largely for the same reasons. And let’s not forget Wentz was part of the Eagles team that won their first Super Bowl in 2017 — though he was injured and didn’t play in the postseason — so, his first game against them this Sunday will be emotional.
But Wentz’s shortcomings have overshadowed any level of success he’s achieved. A lack of leadership skills and what’s been described as an abrasive personality are what mainly landed Wentz on the trade block in back-to-back offseasons. With the Eagles, it had been a long time coming once he was finally dealt following the 2020 campaign. Some of the same issues resurfaced during his time with the Colts.
Colts owner Jim Irsay hated enough after one season and couldn’t wait to ship Wentz away. In the view of many, Carson is on his last chance to prove he can lead a franchise in Washington. It sounds like he’s finally ready to recognize what he did wrong in the past and admit to it.
In Philly and Indy, Wentz wasn’t a bad player. Wentz was good and had moments where he looked great. But he wasn’t good enough, and his teams weren’t so successful that his crappy attitude would be overlooked. If you’re going to be a jerk, you’ve got to win. I’m not excusing that behaviour, but we know how pro sports work. Wentz has never been that good and has rubbed too many people wrong with his demeanor.
So far, the Commanders are 1-1 with Wentz and averaging 27.5 points per game. Through two games, Wentz ranks second in the league in passing yards and yards per game. He’ll have his biggest test yet as a Commander in Week 3 against his former team, Philadelphia. So, any cracks in Wentz’s armor could begin to show (again) facing the team that drafted him in 2016.
Hopefully, Wentz is sincere in the growth he seems to have gone through over the past couple of years. This is probably the load condition for Wentz as a starter if it doesn’t work out in the nation’s capital. He’ll have a place in the league, but it would likely be as a backup if he slips up with the Commanders.