As if the Philadelphia Eagles needed any further complications surrounding their quarterback situation, a new report paints Carson Wentz as someone with a big ego who has the potential to fracture the locker room.
In an exclusive for Philly Voice, Joseph Santoliquito shared what he’s learned from months of interviews with Eagles players and sources inside the organization. Before we dive into the allegations, it’s important to note that nobody’s been bold enough to put their name behind any of this and that it’s all coming from anonymous sources.
That being said, here’s what people are reportedly saying about Wentz: Numerous sources reported as saying Wentz “bullied” offensive coordinator Mike Groh, saying the problems with the offense “lie with Wentz,” rather than the coach.
Santoliquito also reports sources describing Wentz 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.”
“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.”
Furthermore, Wentz reportedly created friction within the offense and tended to “complicate” it — one source telling Santoliquito Wentz could “complicate 2+2.”
Again, all of this is coming from anonymous sources.
But it wouldn’t be hard for Eagles fans to buy at least some of this as the truth. After all, it was quite obvious how much smoother Philly’s offense ran once Nick Foles was under center this past December and into January.
The Eagles have committed to Wentz going forward, however, and Foles appears to already be gone. It’s going to be interesting to watch how things unfold for the Eagles in the years to come.