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Washington Commanders QB Carson Wentz sees errors of his ways

He came, thinking back to Wentz.

He came, thinking back to Wentz.
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It’s funny sometimes how people don’t realize the flaw in their ways until it’s too late. Washington Commander quarterback Carson Wentz finally admits he could have done better during his time in Philadelphia. It wasn’t just about what he did on the pitch, but more about him as a teammate and person in the locker room.

“There are always things that I look back on and [think]Man, I could have been better here. I could have been better as a person, as a teammate. [There are] a lot of things you take for granted,” he said. “And so I think I certainly thank God for the experiences I’ve had, even if they’re sometimes dark or sometimes not as I imagined them. But I think it’s made me grow as a person, and I’m grateful for that.”

Wentz joined his third team in three offseason years when he was traded from Indianapolis to Washington for multiple draft picks. The 29-year-old QB failed for much of the same reasons on his first two NFL stops. And let’s not forget that Wentz was part of the Eagles team that won their first Super Bowl in 2017 – although injured and didn’t play in the postseason – so his first game against them this Sunday will be emotional.

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But Wentz’s shortcomings have overshadowed every level of success he’s achieved. A lack of leadership skills and what has been described as an abrasive personality are what landed Wentz on the trading bloc mainly in back-to-back off-seasons. The Eagles were long overdue when he was finally shared after the 2020 campaign. Some of the same issues resurfaced during his time with the Colts.

Colts owner Jim Irsay had enough after one season and couldn’t wait to send Wentz away. According to many, Carson is his last chance to prove that he can run a franchise in Washington. It sounds like he’s finally ready to acknowledge what he’s done wrong in the past and admit it.

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In Philadelphia and Indy, Wentz was not a bad player. Wentz was good and had moments when he looked great. But he wasn’t good enough, and his teams weren’t so successful that his crappy attitude would be overlooked. If you want to be a jerk, you have to win. I don’t excuse that behavior, but we know how professional sports work. Wentz has never been better and has rubbed too many people wrong with his behavior.

So far, the Commanders are 1-1 with Wentz and have averaged 27.5 points per game. After two games, Wentz is second in the league in passing yards and yards per game. He will face his biggest test yet as commander in Week 3 against his former team, Philadelphia. So any cracks in Wentz’s armor may become visible (again) against the team that drafted him in 2016.

Hopefully Wentz is sincere in the growth he seems to have gone through in recent years. This is probably the last position for Wentz as a starter if it doesn’t work out in the capital. He will have a place in the league, but it would probably be like a backup if he slips with the commanders.

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