There’s a difference between patience and postponement. If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles or simply just a Carson Wentz fan, right now, you’re somewhere between confusion and that feeling you get every time you know you’re expecting something from FedEx to arrive.
About three hours before the Super Bowl kicked off on February 6th, ESPN’s Adam Schefter dropped something on Twitter that Birds fans had been waiting to hear for weeks, well some of them anyway.
Here’s the full quote if you happened to have missed it or if you just needed a reminder:
"Eagles are expected to trade Carson Wentz in the coming days in what would be the latest blockbuster (quarterback) deal to rock the NFL, sources tell (ESPN’s Chris Mortensen) and me. The most pertinent questions now become where, when, and for what, but it could happen as early as this week."
At the time of this story being published, it’s still, technically, the beginning of the week, but it sure is quiet. That’s forced some to start making a few guesses, and in all honesty, if you’re a Birds fan, you don’t want to hear most of those theories.
So here’s what’s been going on if you’re a Carson Wentz fan.
Monday came and nothing happened. Tuesday came, and it was more of the same. If we’re being honest, the longer this goes on, you have to wonder if anything will happen at all.
Rumor has it that Howie Roseman’s asking price had been too high. 94 WIP-FM’s Angelo Cataldi added fuel to the fire when he invited MLB columnist and host on 670 AM in Chicago’s Matt Spiegel onto his show on Monday who flat out stated ‘I don’t want Carson Wentz’.
He and The Morning Team’s show on Tuesday featured Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Colts writer for the Athletic who lamented that Philly’s alleged desire for two first-round selections and an additional third-rounder for Carson Wentz was ‘comical’ (that’s a slight translation), but if you listen to him and Cataldi’s roleplay session, you can see where that comes from.
The fact of the matter is this. Carson Wentz isn’t worth two first-rounders. Heck, if Philly got one first-rounder, they’d be lucky. Come on. You know when you heard they had a possibility of doing so you were surprised. Either way, the plot continues to thicken around one of the most talked-about storylines of the offseason, and frankly, that shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Here’s what the football world is saying about the Philadelphia Eagles’ QB.
The fan base is split on this. So are partners that work on the same television and radio programs (have you watched ESPN, FS1, or listened to Philly sports radio recently? The rest of the football world? Oh, they have their opinions on the topic as well. Here are just a couple of random posts that have been lifted from Twitter.
It’s probably wise to steer clear of social media these days if you’re a Wentz apologist. If you or anyone else believes that Philly is getting two first-rounders for Carson Wentz, you need to rethink that theory entirely.
Here are a few things to keep in mind concerning Carson Wentz.
Everyone talks about 2017 when they defend 11. What they don’t mention is, if you throw that season out, one that’s now seen as an outlier, and look at the rest of his body of work, he’s sub-.500 with a 24-30-1 win-loss total.
Throw in the 80 touchdowns versus the 43 interceptions and 49 fumbles he’s lost during that time span, and you don’t even have a two-to-one touchdown to turnover ratio. Teams are supposed to be tripping over themselves for this guy?
Carson Wentz has yet to win a playoff game, and you can make the argument that had Philly played Super Bowl LII with him instead of Nick Foles, they would have lost that game.
Carson Wentz is difficult to coach, spoiled, and coddled. He’s never had to compete for anything work-related. Remember, he never really competed with Foles for the starting job. It was just given to him whenever he was healthy enough to play.
Then, there’s this. When he finally lost his job to a rookie, he refused to fight to win his job back. He instead complained to his superiors and spoke about burned bridges. He hasn’t been heard from since.
He’s been accused of being a bad teammate on more than one occasion. He’s also very expensive. That’s a hard sell for any team trying to dump a guy off on another franchise. Here are the hard facts, and this will be a tough pill to swallow if you’re a Carson Wentz fan. He never really fit in with the Philadelphia mentality. The question now is does he even fit in anywhere else? We won’t have to ask that too much longer if Philly doesn’t decrease the asking price.