Frank Reich won’t commit to Carson Wentz as Colts’ starting quarterback in 2022

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A day after an astonishing loss to the league’s worst team knocked the Colts out of the playoffs, coach Frank Reich refused to commit to Carson Wentz as a starting quarterback in 2022.

When asked if Wentz would be the starting quarterback next season, Reich did not respond.

“We loved the squad we had this year, we knew everyone we brought this year, we expected to play winning football,” Reich said, via Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star. “Next year’s roster will be next year’s roster. I don’t want to talk about one player and then start talking about all of them.

That’s a very different answer from the one Reich gave a year ago, when asked if the Colts wanted to keep Philip Rivers.

“While I’m sitting here right now, yes I want Philip Rivers to be my starting quarterback next year,” Reich said at the end of last season.

Rivers retired, the Colts traded for Wentz, and Reich and Wentz appeared to be joined at the hip. Although Wentz played better in 2021 than in 2020, his final year with the Eagles, he hasn’t reached the same level he reached early in his career, when Reich was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator.

Now the Colts have a big decision to make on how to approach the offseason and whether they’re going to hand Wentz the start, bring in the competition, or leave it altogether.

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