Indianapolis Colts the head coach France did not necessarily provide the starting quarterback Carson Wentz a resounding endorsement Monday after the team’s downright embarrassing season-ending loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars 2-14.
He was rather evasive in his response when asked about the enigmatic quarterback:
“As far as Carson (Wentz) goes, again, I mentioned it the other day with individuals, we loved the squad we had this year. Everyone we’ve brought this year, we expected to play winning football. Next year’s roster will be next year’s roster, ”Reich told media on Monday. “I’m not going to rate or talk about any (individual player), I don’t want to just open it up with one player and then start talking about all of them.”
Especially compared to comments at the start of last year’s offseason about the finally retired veteran quarterback Philippe Rivers (via ESPN Mike Wells):
That said, here’s what Reich said about Philip Rivers at the end of 2020:
“While I’m sitting here right now, yes I want Philip Rivers to be my starting quarterback next year… I think Philip still has a lot of good football. [left].- Reich January 10, 2021
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– Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNFL) January 10, 2022
To be fair though, he offered Wentz stronger support immediately following Sunday’s devastating loss, where he said ‘I think he’s our quarterback’:
The Colts face a conundrum over Wentz, for whom the team ceded a 2022-plus first-round pick in draft capital and is expected to hit a cap of $ 28.3 million next season (although the Colts could potentially save $ 13.3million from total cap reached if it is cut early during this offseason).
On the surface, Wentz’s 27 touchdowns for 7 interceptions look pretty good this season, but he faded considerably to close the campaign, to the point that he couldn’t be relied on in the passing game to make regular throws. even with a clean pocket.
While he occasionally threw brilliant shots into the stretch, more often than not he was inaccurate, showed unbalance in the pocket, and was prone to flipping, often holding the soccer ball for far too long. He needs to start playing with confidence / decision again, regain his lost mechanics and erase any bad habits he has learned, and start checking his underlying routes (* hitting his crossing routes consistently wouldn’t hurt either *).
From a purely athletic standpoint, he’s a natural fit behind Reich’s attacking center with his mobility and big arm, allowing the Colts to perform RPOs, action games and bootlegs to complement. Jonathan taylor and an often dominant power racing game.
However, it is not necessarily a given that he is back with the Colts for a second tour.
More than likely, Wentz is the starter again in 2022 given the lack of clear upgrades – with a weak 2022 quarterback draft class and presumably other limited options. It will likely be a watershed year because after 2022, when his cap of $ 26.2million can completely roll off the books, the Colts have a lot less incentive or financial commitment to make it work more with Wentz.
That being said, if the Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers or Seattle Seahawks Russell wilson could realistically become available, all bets should be voided, as the Colts are expected to strongly pursue either future Hall of Famer quarterback. Either would be a massive upgrade from Wentz and propel the Colts into instant conflict for the Super Bowl (especially if the team could also add a wide dynamic or a tight end to pair with an addition. also astronomical during the offseason).
This is more than likely wishful thinking, and Carson Wentz will likely be the starter in 2022, even if Reich was fairly elusive entering a critical offseason for the Colts, where tough evaluations will need to be made, none more important than at quarterback. -back.