The Colts were planning on starting Carson Wentz in 2022, but the quarterback will not commit to it until he can participate fully. Chris Ballard seems unsure of what direction Kyle Shanahan is taking the Philadelphia Eagles and if they might want an upgrade at their spot. The Indianapolis Colts are down one starter now that Andrew Luck has retired.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIA — Chris Ballard, the general manager of the Indianapolis Colts, isn’t ready to commit to quarterback Carson Wentz as his starting quarterback for the 2022 season.
Ballard made those remarks at his season-ending press conference, just days after the Colts were eliminated from the playoffs and Wentz had two of his worst games of the year. Ballard’s remarks are noteworthy in light of the fact that the Colts traded first- and third-round selections in the upcoming draft to the Philadelphia Eagles for Wentz last summer.
“When we made the choice, when Philip [Rivers] retired and we made the decision to move on Carson, we felt comfortable about it at the time, and I still don’t regret the decision,” Ballard said on Thursday. “Just so you know, I’m not going to make any predictions about who will be here next year or who will not be here next year while I’m sitting here today. That isn’t fair to any of the players.”
The Colts were expecting to halt the revolving door at quarterback that had been spinning since Andrew Luck retired in August 2019 when they signed Wentz, the No. 2 overall choice in the 2016 draft. After the 2019 season, Wentz took over for the retiring Rivers, who was replaced by Jacoby Brissett.
Ballard said, “I’d want to stop Band-Aiding it.” “I’d want Carson to be the long-term solution, or I’d like to find someone who can stay for the next 10-12 years. It doesn’t always turn out that way. I may fantasize about it, hope for it, and try all I can to find a solution, but you must make the most of what you have at the moment.”
The idea for head coach Frank Reich was to bring Wentz back to performing like he did when the two worked together in Philadelphia in 2017, when Reich was Wentz’s offensive coordinator.
Wentz had some excellent moments this season, but the bad far overshadowed the good for the Colts. With running back Jonathan Taylor, who led the NFL in rushing, they were clearly a run-first club, but they also wanted Wentz to be able to create plays when opponents stacked up the box to stop the run. That wasn’t always the case.
In the last two games of the regular season, when the Colts just needed to win one to enter the playoffs, Wentz only completed 59% of his throws, tossed only two touchdown passes, and had two turnovers. Wentz, who continued to take risks, passed for at least 200 yards in just two of the season’s last eight games. Wentz had a career-low 4.4 Total QBR in the season-ending shock loss to the Jaguars.
“Execute the layups. Execute the layups. Layups, layups, layups, layups, layups “According to Ballard. “Carson is determined to succeed. He has a strong will to succeed. When you’re carrying the pressure of thinking you have to make a huge play all of the time, it’s hard to relax. Allow the squad to assist you on occasion, and make the layups, layups, layups.”
“Execute the layups. Execute the layups. Execute the layups. Carson is determined to succeed. He has a strong will to succeed. When you’re under the pressure of having to make a huge play all of the time, let the team help you out and make the layups, layups, layups.”
Chris Ballard, GM of the Indianapolis Colts, on Carson Wentz
Taylor, linebacker Darius Leonard, and the bulk of the offensive line make up the backbone of the Colts’ roster. However, until they find out who the solution is at quarterback, their chances of reaching the playoffs and making a run in the postseason will remain small.
“At the end of the day,” Ballard added, “I believe we have a lot of pretty excellent guys and really good components.” “At the quarterback position, you need to acquire some stability. That role must perform to his full capacity in order to assist the team win. I’m not blaming Carson for everything. I’m not doing it since everyone else needs to work as well.
“The hyperimportance of that position, on the other hand, is genuine. You must achieve consistency in this area. We’ve been quite good the years we’ve gotten it, and we felt we had it until the conclusion of the season. Something we’ll have to keep working on.”