Macnow: Hey, Carson Wentz critics – "Shaddup!"
I’ve received 4 phrases of recommendation for Carson Wentz critics: Shut the $#@&*% up!
Pardon me for shedding my cool. However as L’Affaire Carson drags into its third week – nonetheless filling newspaper columns and talk-radio reveals – it have to be stated. That is the longest-running story about nothing since Seinfeld left the air 20 years in the past.
Final week, Wentz held his media redemption tour, appearing contrite whereas admitting, at one level, that he wasn’t actually certain what he was apologizing for. Was it being brusque with assistant coaches? Alienating a teammate or two? Pushing for enter to design his personal offense?
And, after all, every syllable he uttered was then parsed extra completely than the State of the Union. Some spinmeisters got here away concluding that Wentz’s phrases validated the unique merchandise of trash journalism that put him on the defensive. Not hardly, to my ears.
Younger Carson’s greatest sin stays that he’s not Nick Foles. He didn’t lead the Eagles to a Tremendous Bowl title final February or give followers that late-season thrill journey this season. St. Nick did that, with assist this December from a rejuvenated protection. Quickly, Foles can be leaving, both by commerce or (extra probably) free company.
That’s going to be a tragic day for followers. And, on this odd world, it creates the necessity for a nasty man on whom we will place blame. Enter, Carson Wentz. Nicest fall man you’ve ever met.
I don’t purchase the canard that Philadelphia followers run our nice gamers out-of-town. Donovan McNabb performed 11 years in inexperienced whereas listening to each little bit of criticism aimed his manner. Randall Cunningham scrambled for 11 as nicely; Eric Lindros’ divorce was with administration, not the folks filling the seats in his No. 88 jersey.
So Wentz, I consider, can be right here for the long-term – even when a rogue reporter uncovers the following blockbuster of him being snippy with a gas-station attendant or failing to correctly get rid of his recyclables.
The irony, after all, is that Wentz is a pleasant man. He’s charitable, outgoing, and empathetic. He’s not known as “Ginger Jesus” for nothing. I’ve seen him on the NovaCare Middle, chatting up low-level Eagles staff whom few gamers even give a nod to. Just a few form phrases from the star quarterback make these folks’s day.
However even when we take the fish-wrapper information at face worth – that Wentz could be headstrong, egocentric, egotistic – is that basically an issue? That he bullied rookie offensive coordinator Mike Groh? Most nice quarterbacks, from Marino to Roethlisberger to, yep, Brady, have clashed with coaches and even had a little bit of Common Patton in them.
None of this will dispel false narratives – the most recent being that Wentz is an inefficient quarterback who ignores his vast receivers and may’t beat a great crew. Because the saying goes, a lie can journey midway world wide whereas the reality is placing on its sneakers.
My WIP colleague Reuben Frank wrote a terrific column for NBC Sports activities Philadelphia the opposite day, dispelling 10 myths that search to argue Foles is healthier than Wentz. By means of stats (also referred to as “details”) Frank laid out how Carson is healthier at throwing deep, avoiding turnovers and successful video games late.
I nonetheless consider Wentz can be one of many NFL’s finest for years to come back. I’ll all the time admire Foles, salute him and root for him (nicely . . . not if he finally ends up on the Redskins). However Carson’s the long run.
The anti-Wentz sentiment, nonetheless respiration from one shoddy piece of journalism, has to cease. I’ll scream it from the highest of the Comcast Middle if I’ve to.