Carson Wentz’s list of suspicions is getting longer.
Colts radio analyst Rick Venturi spoke out against quarterback “Riding with JMV, The 29-year-old may no longer be the starter of the franchise.
“The franchise can go wrong,” Venturi said. “It could be a draft, a trade, a free agency, a mistake in evaluating people. It’s never an exact science. But the biggest mistake any franchise makes, despite making $ 15 million, is to make a second mistake, and it’s live from the first mistake.
Colts coach Frank Reich and GM Chris Ballard are not committed this offseason when discussing Wentz’s future with the franchise.
Venturi, a former head coach at Northwestern and aides with several NFL teams, including the Colts, believes it’s time for Indianapolis to find a new quarterback.
“To me, you make a tough decision,” he said. “And right now, I’m leaning towards going in a different direction.”
In the light of the circumstances in which Venturi brought him to Indianapolis, Wentz criticized Wentz’s performance – believing Venturi should have set QB for the best season to date.
Wentz was traded to the Colts by the Eagles for two draft picks, and he was reunited with head coach Frank Reich, who was his offensive coordinator during his breakout 2017 season in Philadelphia. He saw the Colts move to the Colts as a way to forget the disappointing 2020 season, which made them the bench for then-rookie Jalen Hurts.
“He couldn’t have walked in a better situation,” said the Colts offense, led by Venturi star running back Jonathan Taylor.
“I bought the deal. I highlighted, I looked at him, I saw all the equipment in him. He’s a multi-player player. When you look at him separately, there’s nothing he can’t do. The one who stood above, who sold them to this agency.
While Wentz’s 2021 campaign was unbearable – he put up 27 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 94.6 passer rating – his missteps in season two finals gave the Colts a chance at a playoff berth.
The former Pro Bowler threw an interception, missed a fumble and passed for just 185 yards in a 26-11 loss to the bottom feeder Jaguars. Venturi viewed the show as an example of the stability problem throughout the season by Wentz.
“When you look at Wentz, it’s easy to be surprised,” he said. “But in the end, some players grow on you and some players grow negative. He has grown negative on me because what I see in the long run is the man who kills us with unlimited deliveries, irregular periods of accuracy.
“It kills me the most, because I think it’s probably irreversible. It’s just a whole lot of ridiculous problems. Scratching judgment issues. We’ve seen him again. I think he’s more of a blacksmith than a surgeon. I think big moments are his enemy. I doubt it can be reversed.” .
Wentz still has three years left and $ 81 million remaining on his contract, though only $ 15 million of that is guaranteed. The Colts were actually the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft. Saves money by releasing a 2 pic. Wentz has $ 28.3 million in debt in 2022, $ 13.3 million more than he hopes to guarantee if the Colts decide to find a new QB.