The Indianapolis Colts made a big move last offseason to sign veteran quarterback Philip Rivers in free agency, but that didn’t get them past the Wild Card round of the playoffs. After one season with the franchise, Rivers decided to retire. That led to the team needing a new starting quarterback, and they went out and traded for Philadelphia Eagles’ longtime starter Carson Wentz.
Wentz is a very intriguing fit, although he has received a ton of criticism over the last few years with the Eagles. His numbers have declined and he has had trouble staying healthy when his team needs him the most. Needless to say, the Colts and Wentz are hoping to change that in 2021.
Last season with the Eagles, Wentz saw his starting job taken by rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts. He ended up playing in 12 games and completed 57.4 percent of his pass attempts for 2,620 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. Back in 2019, he completed 63.9 percent of his passes for 4,039 yards, 27 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.
He played in 16 games back in 2019 and put up big numbers in a whole season. His turnover numbers were low and his production was high. Those are the numbers that the Colts are hoping to see from their new franchise quarterback.
At 28 years old, no one truly knows what to expect from Wentz with the Colts. Will he continue struggling or could he end up returning to his MVP form from earlier in his career? We are going to take a look at why he could actually end up becoming an MVP-caliber player once again in Indianapolis.
Why Carson Wentz Will Return To MVP Form With The Colts
We are predicting that Wentz will not only return to star form, but he will also play his way into MVP contention. The Colts are exactly the situation that he needs in order to turn his career back around.
First of all, he will be re-joining Frank Reich, who was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator when Wentz was dominating in Philadelphia. That alone bodes well for his chances to turn things around. A system that he knows with a coach that he trusts is a big step in the right direction for the QB.
Secondly, the Colts have a much better supporting cast for Wentz than the Eagles have had over the last couple of years. Philadelphia had good talent at wide receiver, but they could not stay healthy. Indianapolis also has an elite offensive line to go with weapons like T.Y. Hilton, Michael Pittman Jr., Parris Campbell, Jack Doyle, Jonathan Taylor and Marlon Mack.
Thirdly, the Colts were already just one piece away from Super Bowl contention last season. That piece was a better quarterback than what they were getting from Rivers. Wentz has a much better arm, can throw the deep ball well, and has excellent leadership skills.
Finally, the Colts are a change of scenery for Carson Wentz, which was another major need. Things in Philadelphia got ugly quick for him and he was feeling more pressure than any home fan base should put on their quarterback. Any time he messed up, his name was being dragged through the mud in the media.
There are quite a few reasons to believe that Wentz is going to have a ton of success with the Colts. He has the arm to be special and has shown that time and time again throughout his NFL career. A change to a better team with a better coaching staff and a system that he loves should do wonders for him from a statistical standpoint.
Will he win the MVP? Probably not. But simply being back in contention for the award will make the Colts a dangerous team.
Expect to see Wentz put up big-time numbers in 2021 with Indianapolis. He is very excited about the new chapter of his career and his play will show the results of a perfect situation.