Here's the Backlash to the Carson Wentz Backlash

April 10, 2019 - 9:58 am

PHILADELPHIA (94WIP) -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was described as "selfish" and "egotistical" among a number of other unflattering adjectives in a PhillyVoice.com article published on Jan. 21. A couple of weeks later, Wentz addressed the situation, admitting he is "not perfect," giving some credence to the original article.

Wentz's teammate Brandon Brooks, speaking to Don Bell and Sean Bell on the latest episode of 94WIP's Zero Fs Given podcast, called the report "bulls**t."

"Nick Foles, you can never take away what he did," Brooks began. "Tremendous person, tremendous teammates, tremendous talent. Started off hot, he's been at the top and at the bottom, back at the top. He's seen it all. Just an overall great dude, not enough good things I can say about him.

"But people also forget: That year (2017) we were 11-1 because of Carson Wentz now. Let's not get that twisted. Without Carson, basically at that time, being the league MVP, we not sitting in the number one seed with a bye. You see what I'm saying?

"That's one, but two: Carson's driven. Yeah, damn right Carson is hard on himself. You're damn right Carson is hard on his teammates. He wants the best for everybody. I think all the great quarterbacks were the same way. They demanded the best from everybody, they want to win games. Does Carson have input in the offense? Clearly he has input in the offense. I mean any quarterback that's a starter is going to have input in the offense. I just thought the article was just a lie. But Carson is thick skinned, he'll be fine. If anything he'll use that to ball out."

Wentz, 26, has had a tumultuous start to his NFL career. After a solid rookie season, Wentz was headed for an MVP season in 2017, before tearing his ACL in Week 13 and missing the team's Super Bowl LII run. Last season, Wentz's third, he suffered a back injury that forced him to miss another playoff run and watch Nick Foles string together some impressive wins, including another exciting playoff victory.

Wentz, the Eagles' No. 2 overall pick in 2016, still has plenty to prove entering his fourth professional season, the final year of his $26,676,338 rookie contract (the Eagles have a fifth-year option).

"I'll be straight up," Wentz told Philly.com on Feb. 4. "It hasn't been the easiest last year for me on the physical level, just battling the injuries, but then just personally going through it, sitting on the sideline and then playing and then sitting on the sideline again. So I realize like I maybe wasn't the greatest teammate at times because I was emotionally kind of all over the place. To the outside world, I probably didn't show it much. But internally, I mean, you're definitely fighting some sort of emotions. So there's things to learn just about how to handle myself in certain situations."

You can listen to the full episode of Zero Fs Given with Brandon Brooks here.

By Andrew Porter