By Teddy Brenner
New Colts quarterback Carson Wentz felt that the beginning of the end of his five-year career with the Eagles came when he was benched in their Week 13 game against the Green Bay Packers last season.
Wentz didn’t play another snap with the Eagles, and two months later he was traded to the Colts for a third-round pick in this year’s draft and a conditional second-round pick in the 2022 draft. He hopes he can regain the form in Indianapolis that made him an MVP candidate.
“I’m not going to sugarcoat it — it wasn’t fun,” Wentz said yesterday in his first comments since the trade. “It’s not fun when things were going well for years and all those things. … As a man, you have to look yourself in the mirror and learn from it and become a better man, better player. It wasn’t fun, it was difficult, but I did everything I could to be supportive of Jalen [Hurts] and my teammates.”
Wentz was benched in favor of the rookie Hurts after he completed a career-low 57.4%, threw 15 interceptions and was sacked 50 times last season. That was a drastic downfall for Wentz, who was in the running to win the MVP trophy before a torn ACL ended his 2017 season early.