Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz finally acknowledges the hit piece that came out about him a little over two weeks ago.
A little over two weeks ago, the Philadelphia Eagles world was turned upside down. A controversial hit piece came out from the Philly Voice regarding the personality of Eagles franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz. It was a brutally honest report that came off as a bit biased. It was clear that when Eagles reporter Joe Santoliquito wrote the article, there was a bit of an agenda.
An author who has verbally attacked Eagles fans in the past for having what seems like ‘fanboy’ behavior towards Carson Wentz wanted to use anonymous words from players and staffers in an attempt to paint a picture of the Eagles quarterback in a negative light. The piece wasn’t even out for 24 hours before Wentz’s teammates took to social media to start debunking any rumors regarding what was said in the article.
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Marcus Hayes decided to speak to Santoliquito about the piece on the same day that it was released. While the veteran sportswriter understood a lot of Santoliquito’s points, his attempt to re-report the information that was dug up from the Eagles locker room gave us all a much better understanding of what’s really going on.
Yes, Carson Wentz can be a bit stubborn on the field. He does get into what some would view as ‘verbal altercations’ with his offensive coordinator as many quarterbacks typically do. But most of all, we all concluded that as much as we want him to be, Wentz is not perfect. Every quarterback has his flaws. Wentz knows this and has acknowledged that he has some stuff to work on. So as it turns out, Santoliquito’s article was correct. However, that’s not a bad thing.
Wentz responds to the criticism
"“I know who I am, first of all,” Wentz said. “I know how I carry myself, I know I’m not perfect, I know I have flaws. So I’m not going to sit here and say it was inaccurate and completely made up, I’m not going to do that. But at the end of the day, I will say our locker room is really close. If there were guys that had issues, in hindsight, I wish we could have just talked about them.”"
The irony between the original article and Wentz’s response is interesting. While Santoliquito claimed that Wentz rarely took blame to anything, the Eagles quarterback entirely refused to debunk the report that he read about himself.
However, hearing Wentz describe himself as selfish at times, and talking about wanting to get better as a player and as a leader actually helps the article sit well with those who are still skeptical about Wentz as the quarterback to lead this team moving forward. Wentz deserves a chance to prove himself to his teammates, coaches, and the fans.
For the first time since the 2017 offseason, Wentz will have an opportunity to participate in offseason workouts, training camp, and preseason in full without any rehabilitation setbacks. Aside from the rumored hit pieces, there shouldn’t be any further distractions for the quarterback who is headed into year four. It’s okay to question whether Wentz will ever get back to that MVP form or not. But it’s not exactly fair to count the man out based off of injuries early on. Patience will pay off in due time, and thankfully, the Eagles will remain patient.