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Report labels Carson Wentz ‘selfish, egotistical’

Eliot Shorr-Parks
January 21, 2019 - 9:37 am

Since quarterback Carson Wentz arrived in Philadelphia, he has been mostly free of criticism. 

That has changed recently. It changed in a major way on Monday. 

In what can only be described as a bombshell report on PhillyVoice.com, the Eagles’ starting quarterback is described as “selfish” and “egotistical” among a number of other unflattering adjectives.

Here is a portion of the report: 

...But the true Wentz is more nuanced and complicated, with sources describing him as “selfish,” “uncompromising,” “egotistical,” one who plays “favorites” and doesn’t like to be “questioned,” one who needs to “practice what he preaches" and fails “to take accountability.”

Numerous sources confirmed Wentz was once verbally attacked by a highly respected teammate for not being “a team guy.”

“Carson Wentz’s biggest enemy is Carson Wentz,” one source said. “He’s had his ass kissed his whole life, and sometimes acts like he’s won 10 Super Bowls, when he hasn’t played in, let alone won, a playoff game yet. Everyone around him wants good things for him. He did more thinking on the field than he did playing (in 2018). You don’t have to be a brain surgeon or a football expert to see how differently this team plays and reacts with one guy as opposed to the other."

The report is a must-read and paints a portrait of the Eagles’ quarterback that has never been painted before. 

Here are some thoughts on everything in the report: 

*** At this point, the report is what it is — a sourced report with quotes from people who wouldn’t put their name on it. That will, as with any report by any reporter, cause some people to dismiss it. Philly Voice’s Joe Santoliquito has done great work before and is a seasoned reporter. Still, this will be easier for the Eagles to try to brush away than it would have been had a player’s name been on the report. 

*** Obviously, if true, this story is an issue for Wentz and the Eagles. The Eagles have made it clear that they are moving forward with Wentz as their quarterback for the 2019 season, not Nick Foles. That decision was already one that was met with some backlash, considering how popular Foles is in the city and in the locker room. A story like this, painting their franchise quarterback as things such as selfish and egotistical, isn’t going to help that transition.

*** An NFL locker room is filled with 63 players. Each one is going to have a differing opinion. The players in the story by Philly Voice could view Wentz the way he is depicted in the story. They could be the only players, or they could represent the majority. It is similiar to when the narrative was built that the entire locker room "hated" Chip Kelly. Not every player did. The same is likely true here. If the report is correct, obviously some players don't view Wentz in a positive light. That does not mean the entire locker room does. 

*** This report will only strengthen the argument for those that want the Eagles to keep Foles over Wentz. Foles is without question universally loved in the Eagles' locker room. The team also played better under him in 2018 and won the Super Bowl in 2017. Add in potential locker room issues with Wentz, and Foles' argument to be the starting quarterback only gets stronger. 

*** This is not the first time a report has come out with a player questioning how the offense was run with Wentz at the helm. During the season, there was a report from ESPN that cited a team source as saying the team targeted tight end Zach Ertz too much. This report only reinforces the idea that Wentz was one of the issues with the offense playing so poorly for the majority of this season. The fact it clearly improved with Foles at the helm was obvious for everyone to see. 

*** Perhaps the most important part of the report is Wentz once being "verbally attacked by a highly respected teammate." If true, that is a major issue. Teammates have their differences in every locker room, but a franchise quarterback being verbally attacked for essentially being selfish is not common, and not something the Eagles can have going on if they expect to consistently win with Wentz -- or even just win in 2019. 

*** The report only adds more pressure to what is a crucial 2019 season for Wentz. Although he has flashed plenty of potential during his three-year career, there is no denying there are some red flags with Wentz going forward. He has suffered two major injuries. He has yet to play in a playoff game. His play in 2018, whether injury relayed or not, was not up-to-par and the offense struggled with him at the helm. 

Now, with this report, it appears Wentz might have some work to do in the locker room as well. 

You can reach Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks or email him at esp@94wip.com!

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