The Indianapolis Colts suffered a shocking finish to the 2021 NFL regular season.
Carson Wentz played terrible against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the result was an ugly loss that knocked the Colts out of the playoffs.
This has fans and the organization wondering if Wentz is the right man for the job.
That is a change of tone from how he answered the same question last year about Philip Rivers.
The difference in how Frank Reich answered the #Colts QB question
Wentz = “Not going to answer that. Won’t evaluate players individually like that in this season-ending presser.”
Rivers = “As I sit here right now, yes, I want Philip Rivers to be my starting QB next year.” pic.twitter.com/E000L6j7BH
— Locked On Colts Podcast (@LockedOnColts) January 10, 2022
Reich not committing to Wentz has the NFL world reacting to this sudden drama within the Colts organization.
.@danorlovsky7 reacts to the Colts' collapse
“Carson Wentz is to blame for this Colts loss! … I think it’s probably one of the WORST losses in the history of the organization! pic.twitter.com/SZsjCbwbVw
— First Take (@FirstTake) January 10, 2022
Wentz was never lighting the NFL on fire this season, but he was playing suitable football.
He finished the year with 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.
Yet he went 17/29 for 185 yards in a must-win game against Jacksonville.
Frank Reich says he and Chris Ballard walked out of Jim Irsay's office late Sunday night, saying "We've got *a lot* of the right pieces in place."
The obvious follow up: Do they have the right piece at quarterback in place?
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) January 10, 2022
i understand why frank reich thought he could help return wentz to a great level since he coached him in only 2017, when wentz was great
but it’s very evident by the end of year playcalling what he thought of Wentz, and it’s not a glowing review https://t.co/bMXiHRbIVW
— Anthony Dabbundo (@AnthonyDabbundo) January 11, 2022
Wentz carries a dead cap value of $15 million in 2022.
After that, it goes down to $0 for the final two years of his deal.
The Wentz-Reich connection was supposed to provide magic in Indy after the two paired up in Philadelphia.
But the quarterback choked in his biggest moment and the head coach has to think about his own job security moving forward.
— deshagregory (@dman217) January 11, 2022
The Colts have a 'personnel issue'…….At the QB position.
— fprefect (@fprefect6) January 11, 2022
The Colts knew Wentz was a broken QB when they traded for him, but they said Frank Reich could fix him!!!
— Philly Eagles Fan (@EaglesNest2910) January 11, 2022
This is not where the Colts thought they would be this week.
The team had the easiest path to the playoffs and blew it, allowing the Pittsburgh Steelers to sneak in after Sunday night’s chaos.
The contract figure alone should mean Wentz is brought back in 2022.
But the Colts could always bring in competition, or even give Sam Ehlinger a shot, to avoid another collapse like the one seen in Week 18.
Don't get me wrong, Carson Wentz slander is deserved, but there needs to be a equal amount of Frank Reich slander as well. For the simple fact that you beat your chest, stood on the table thinking Wentz was the long-term solution. Not to mention the blown leads, etc.
— Author Trevian J. (@KingJSTA2) January 11, 2022
Reich also wants to ensure he isn’t let go by the team along with Wentz following next season.