Carson Wentz’s listing of doubters is barely getting longer.
Colts radio analyst Rick Venturi spoke out towards the quarterback on “The Ride with JMV,” saying the 29-year-old ought to now not be the franchise’s starter.
“A franchise can make a mistake,” Venturi stated. “It can make a mistake evaluating people, be it a draft, a trade, free agency. It’s never an exact science. But the biggest mistake that any franchise makes, $15 million notwithstanding, is to make the second mistake, and that’s live with the first mistake.”
Both Colts coach Frank Reich and GM Chris Ballard have been non-committal this offseason whereas discussing Wentz’s future with the franchise.
Venturi, a former head coach at Northwestern and assistant with quite a few NFL groups together with the Colts, believes it’s time for Indianapolis to discover a new quarterback.
“To me, you make a hard decision,” he stated. “And right now, I would be leaning toward going in a different direction.”
Venturi believes that the Colts shouldn’t deliver again Carson Wentz subsequent season. AP
Venturi criticized Wentz’s efficiency in gentle of the circumstances that introduced him to Indianapolis — circumstances that Venturi believes ought to have set the QB up for his greatest season up to now.
Wentz was traded to the Colts from the Eagles for 2 drafts picks and was reunited with head coach Frank Reich, who was his offensive coordinator in his breakout 2017 season in Philadelphia. Many noticed his transfer to the Colts as a technique to neglect a dismal 2020 season that noticed him get benched for then-rookie Jalen Hurts.
Rick Venturi coached for Northwestern and a number of NFL groups. Sporting News through Getty Images
“He couldn’t have walked into a better situation,” Venturi stated of a Colts offense that’s led by star operating again Jonathan Taylor.
“I bought into the deal. I made the highlight tape, I looked at him, I looked at all the tools that he had. He’s a multiple-tool player. When you look at him in isolation, there’s absolutely nothing that he cannot do. And he came to a situation with the quarterback whisperer, a guy who wanted him, who stood up on the table for him, who sold them to this organization.”
While Wentz’s 2021 marketing campaign was not abysmal — he put up 27 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 94.6 passer ranking — his missteps within the two closing video games of the season value the Colts an opportunity at a playoff berth.
The former Pro Bowler threw an interception, misplaced a fumble and handed for simply 185 yards for a 26-11 loss to the bottom-feeder Jaguars. Venturi noticed this efficiency for instance of a season-long situation of consistency from Wentz.
“When you look at Wentz, it’s very easy to be wowed,” he stated. “But ultimately, some gamers develop on you and a few gamers develop negatively. He has grown negatively on me as a result of what I see within the lengthy haul is the man who kills us with erratic throws, erratic durations of accuracy.
“This kills me the most, because I think this is probably irreversible, is absolute head-scratching judgment issues that are just ridiculous issues. We’ve seen them over and over. I think he’s more blacksmith than surgeon. I think the big moments are his enemy. I doubt that’s reversible.”
Wentz nonetheless has three years and $81 million left on his contract, although simply $15 million of that’s assured. The Colts would truly get monetary savings by releasing the No. 2 decide within the 2016 draft. Wentz is owed $28.3 million in 2022, $13.3 million above what he can be assured if the Colts determined to hunt a brand new QB.