“I’ve Never Heard an Owner Speak So Openly…”: NFL HOFer Elucidates the Peculiar Case of Carson Wentz & Where He Stands Compared to Divisional Rival Dak Prescott

Published 07/05/2022, 8:00 AM EDT
Nov 15, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) reacts after a play during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

NFL veteran Shannon Sharpe has strong words to address the Carson Wentz situation. While ranking the QBs in the NFC East, Sharpe puts Wentz second to Prescott, primarily because of his leadership skills. There have been questions within the team about his behavior with other players and locker room issues. Moreover, the Colts’ owner outwardly disparaged him before his trade this season.

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Sharpe argues an article publicized these rumors about his behavior with his teammates. However, everybody refuted it to maintain the image of the player and the team. The Commanders’ coach also mentioned that Wentz is hungry to play football.

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NFL fans constantly compare Carson to his contemporaries in the NFC East. He is up against the likes of Dak Prescott, Jalen Hurts, and Daniel Jones. Although Wentz proved his potential through his performances, his attitude problem might come in the way, as per Sharpe.

Jan 9, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) throws in the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports| Credit-Reuters

Playing for the Colts in 2021, he scored 27 TDs while completing 3563 yards. Earlier in 2020, the QB played with the Philadelphia Eagles. With them, he scored 16 TDs and 15 INTs, completing 2620 interceptions. There is no doubt about his ability as a QB, but Shannon Sharpe feels that his attitude is coming in the way.

What did Sharpe say about the NFC East QB Carson Wentz?

On UNDISPUTED with Skip and Shannon, the Hall of Famer ranked the best QBs in the NFC East. However, while doing so, he touched upon Carson Wentz’s problems. He said, “The biggest question on Wentz is his leadership because there have been two locker rooms where his leadership skills and the way he interacts with his team have been questioned.”

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He also said, “Then we saw what transpired with the owner basically, he’s just beside himself. I’ve never heard an owner speak so openly, outwardly, and disparaging of his quarterback ever. So that told me that there’s more to it than just ability.”

Oct 22, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) celebrates with wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports | Reuters

As Shannon says, there is no doubt about his ability. However, the public lashing out against the Commanders’ QB and reports of inappropriate behavior with his teammates is taking a toll on his prowess. In the upcoming season, the QB would hope to put these issues behind him and become the best QB in his division.

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Ayush Jha

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Ayush Jha is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He is a current graduate of the University of Delhi and has worked on publishing academic research in the past. To fulfill his enthusiasm for covering sports, he started following the NFL and developed a keen interest.

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