Those who’ve expertise consuming sports activities protection ought to understand it’s common for unflattering leaks to emerge following an individual’s exit from a staff. It ought to be no shock, then, to see such is the case within the aftermath of the Carson Wentz commerce.
Of course, there have been anonymously-sourced criticisms about Wentz relationship again to November 2018. And then extra in January 2019. And then extra in October 2019. And then extra in September 2020. And then extra in January 2021. And then extra in February 2021.
The newest on Wentz comes from Jason La Canfora (daring emphasis mine):
In Philly, it did get private (due to course it did) between Wentz and head coach Doug Pederson. Wentz, in line with staff and league sources, had been falling out of favor with the locker room as effectively, unable to attach with a swath of gamers, appearing extra in self curiosity than what can be anticipated from a franchise quarterback and chief. Losing and adversity had introduced out the worst in him, he didn’t deal with shedding his spot to Jalen Hurts with aplomb and, as reported right here inside days of him shedding his job, a plethora of NFL normal managers and executives have been already predicting Wentz’s speedy exodus from Philadelphia after the season, at the same time as Eagles officers pleaded there was nothing to see right here and Wentz stays a key a part of the group.
A divorce was looming, the league knew it, and it was at all times going to restrict the sector of suitors and the diploma of compensation for a participant with a rising harm historical past, a propensity for turnovers and now years faraway from the times of being talked about as an MVP candidate. Things really collapsed when sources mentioned Wentz skipped out on exit conferences with Pederson. He did the whole lot potential — passive-aggressively and in any other case — to make it clear he didn’t need to be part of no matter else was occurring in Philadelphia, and even after Pederson was fired every week after the season, issues between the quarterback and the group continued to fester.
Some have pointed to Jason Kelce and Fletcher Cox defending Wentz after his benching to downplay the notion that he misplaced the help of his teammates. But a locker room consists of many gamers, and what they are saying publicly and privately doesn’t at all times line up.
Earlier this month, Joe Santoliquito of PhillyVoice cited a supply that drew Wentz’s help into query.
“Is there anybody in right here who’s going to consider in [Wentz]? I can’t converse for everybody, however I’ve a great feeling that there are numerous guys who don’t proper now,” mentioned one supply throughout the group, who wished to stay nameless, as a result of “if he can get an NFL head coach fired, they’ll don’t have any drawback reducing anybody’s ass.”
All one revered veteran would say is that “there’s an issue right here.”
Players “have been pissed” that Wentz reportedly deliberate to ask for a commerce and desires out if he’s not going to be the beginning quarterback, sources mentioned. They interpreted it as if Wentz was quitting on them. Some thought it was Wentz quitting on himself, working away from an open competitors for the starter’s function with rookie Jalen Hurts.
Wentz by no means refuted the experiences. In truth, he hasn’t mentioned a peep in over eight weeks — and counting.
Everyone was one another pondering, does he need outta right here? How are you speculated to comply with a pacesetter like that?” mentioned one supply of the experiences suggesting Wentz wished out, which began way back to December 20. “When he does tackle it, do you actually suppose anybody will consider him?”
This isn’t to recommend that Wentz’s locker room standing was the one motive the Eagles traded him. But it definitely might’ve factored into the equation. And, as Santoliquito talked about to me on an upcoming BGN Radio podcast episode, Wentz may be very a lot going to must show himself to his new teammates in Indy.
On a unique notice, what La Canfora needed to say about Wentz’s relationship with Doug Pederson traces up with one thing that Adam Schefter shared on 97.5 The Fanatic on Friday morning. Transcription through CBS Sports (daring emphasis mine):
“There are numerous issues that went unsuitable. We have the staff drafting Jalen Hurts. We have Carson feeling jilted by that. We have the staff making an attempt to reassure him. We have Carson not getting previous that. We have Carson struggling. We have Carson and Doug not speaking for weeks on finish in the course of the season the place the top coach and quarterback aren’t speaking for eight, 9, 10 weeks.”
There’s been some pushback on the communication deterioration. Rob Maaddi says Pederson instructed him it wasn’t true:
Yes, I reported that Doug himself instructed me after the season that his relationship with Carson was nice, that experiences he and Carson had points are a “false narrative.” The truth Doug was fired and Carson nonetheless acquired traded is additional proof this wasn’t a Wentz-Pederson drawback. https://t.co/zLbxpz839d— Rob Maaddi (@RobMaaddi) February 19, 2021
Some have prompt Howie Roseman leaked to Schefter that Pederson and Wentz weren’t speaking. While I can’t say I do know Schefter’s supply, I do know that I had heard weeks in the past that Wentz and Doug weren’t speaking by the tip of the season. And I can guarantee you Roseman, who I’ve usually criticized, isn’t giving me any inside information.
All of that is moot transferring ahead within the vein that Wentz and Pederson at the moment are each gone. But it definitely speaks to the dysfunction that’s taken place on the NovaCare Complex. One can solely hope it doesn’t proceed.