The Commanders needed a quarterback and believe they have found one for the long haul with Carson Wentz.
But after Washington agreed to acquire Wentz, the quarterback was criticized leaving Indianapolis the same way he was leaving Philadelphia.
Zak Keefer of TheAthletic.com reported that some in the Colts’ edifice concluded that Wentz displayed “lack of leadership, resistance to hard training, and a reckless style of play.”
But Commanders head coach Ron Rivera told reporters Thursday that he was comfortable bringing in Wentz after doing his own research on the quarterback.
“It was very interesting because when you talk to certain people, you talk to some of the coaches that he’s had in the past that I know very well and listen to what they have to say, it was contradictory to what was going on,” Rivera said. , via Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post. “What I found very revealing is when two team captains, one from the team he had just left, came out and were shocked that he was traded but still had nothing but positive things to say about him. that’s more than enough as far as i’m concerned. Because the players know it. If there’s something going on in this league, the players know exactly what’s going on. The players know exactly who the people are. You can’t fool them, I can tell you that.”
With Rivera as a former player, it makes sense how much value he would place on his opinions. But Wentz still has a lot to prove after a second team in two years decided to walk away from him, especially considering the Colts opted to wade into the uncharted waters of this year’s quarterback market rather than attempt a second season with No. 2 of 2016. general election.
Ron Rivera: Two of Carson Wentz’s former teammates were ‘shocked’ he was traded originally appeared on Pro Football Talk