ASHBURN, VA – Leaders of the Washington quarterback Carson Wentz It has a level of comfort that may be missing in Philadelphia and Indianapolis.
He feels satisfied with his family’s situation. They live in a rural northern Virginia town more than an hour outside the nation’s capital, which reminds him of his North Dakota roots. He and his wife have two young daughters, three dogs and a pace of life that suits them.
Wentz is also satisfied with his new team. The quarterback will be surrounded by a 1,000-yard receiver (Terry McLaurin), thruster 1000 yards (Antonio Gibson), the overall narrow end (Logan Thomas) and a first-round novice receiver who looked good all summer (Jahan Dotson). There is more, but this is the starting point.
At 29, Wentz is well into place. After being traded for the last two seasons, he arrived in Washington as a different person than the one who arrived in Philadelphia six years earlier as the second overall pick. In Washington, his home life settled, he bonded with teammates over golf, steaks, and nights out with husbands.
Wentz is learning to be a better listener in the locker room and he has demonstrated an air of confidence that leaders hope will settle into a situation plagued by inconsistency and transforming the past five years.
But, as the season begins at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday (1pm EST, Fox), one question remains: Will any of them affect Wentz’s playing on the field?
“They’re technically two separate things, but my mind isn’t worried about my wife and kids,” Wentz said. “They are having a great time. I know they are taking care of them so I can fully invest here, which definitely helps.”
that it A pivotal season for leaders entering its third year under coach Ron Rivera. The team is seeking to achieve its first win since 2016 and achieve its first win in the playoffs since 2005.
The organization needs to succeed. He needs to settle into a quarterback as he has started 10 center-backs since 2018. That’s why Washington has aggressively sought out a confirmed key player this off-season, calling on any team the quarterback might be available – even inquiring about retired Andrew Lack.
They ended up with Wentz, sending a second-round pick in the 2022 draft and what would likely turn out to be a second player next year to the Indianapolis Colts and taking all of Wentz’s $28.3 million salary this season.
Wentz arrived from Indy with a lot of baggage. He was criticized by Colts owner Jim Irsay, who was unhappy that Wentz had not been vaccinated against COVID-19. Wentz’s inconsistent play and inability to lead the Colts to victory in their last two games last season, which cost the team a place in the playoffs, didn’t help matters.
Wentz threw 27 touchdown passes to seven interceptions and ranked ninth in the total QBR but was soon traded to Washington without Indy having an immediate plan to replace him.
The 2022 season has yet to start, so all is well with his new team. Leaders are satisfied based on what they have seen from Wentz in their spring and summer practices.
“He seems to approach everything with confidence and compassion,” Rivera said. “He didn’t, fight it. He doesn’t answer it. You see some of the decisions he makes, and you don’t make them, in my opinion, unless you’re confident in what you’re doing.”
Commanders told Wentz how much he wanted – said Rivera, again, when he returned to training camp.
“This situation has stabilized for us,” said Washington Director General Martin Mayhew. “We are excited about what he brings to the table in terms of his physical talent and also what he brings to the table as a person and a leader.”
“You’ve seen things. You understand things. You have a different perspective,” Wentz said. “But also my view is just about a four-year marriage with a very small locker room, guys who might be engaged or might have factual questions as well. It all comes with experience, engagement, and trying to be authentic.”
Four years ago, Washington replaced Alex Smith, the first-choice in the 2005 draft. He, too, arrived after facing a mercurial career path like Wentz, complete with benches, injuries, cash and trade – plus success.
Smith has matured on the court throughout his career, showing some limitations but has enjoyed success. He admitted that he let the weight of expectations reach him early in his career. Wentz realized the feelings.
“You try not to let these things hold you back, but they are real things,” Wentz said. “I was a 23-year-old kid from North Dakota who had never left North Dakota. So, you get thrown into the Philly wildfires, and you want to succeed. You have to learn to navigate the ups and downs and stress and expectations. I’ve had a great support team. From my family, even before I met my wife, the people around me and my faith to keep me grounded. You still have to live it and go for it.
While navigating this path, Wentz became a controversial figure.
“We’re not perfect. I’m not perfect,” Wentz said. “I’ve definitely failed moments, and maybe I was a certain way, but I try to be the same. I try to be consistent, I try to be honest. But at the same time stick to my values and who I am.”
That means sharing his faith with others, especially if one of his colleagues presents him with a chance — an exercise that one source said has been rubbing some of his former teammates the wrong way.
Wentz said: “It’s always a great line to move around, but that’s also one of the great parts of the locker room because there are guys from a range of different backgrounds and cultures, different upbringings and faiths who are at different points on the journey of faith so that’s kind of fun.
“I try not to think I’m better than anyone else and I try not to have opinions that make judgments. But I also show this is what I believe in, let’s have a conversation and do it from a place of love and not judgment.”
Some of that can also stem from his personality. Wentz said he had to learn how to harness this trait with his family, which in turn could help in the locker room.
He said, “I’ve always been type A and connected to getting things done.” “[But] Sometimes they just need me to listen, to be silent, and to be present. I learned it and tried to grow into it, which is applied to work as well. I like to think I can be comfortable and relax and have fun with guys. But when it’s time to act, I’m relatively closed off and ready to go.”
Leaders can Help him climb to the top half with a solid group of skillful talents: McLaurin, Dotson, Curtis Samuel; Thomas. third lower back JD Mikic The versatile Gibson backpack. And if the offensive line protects him, those weapons can be maximized.
“We have a guy that we can now establish and get around and build on,” Rivera said of Wentz, which is what we’ve tried to do in the off-season, as far as making sure there’s a strong offensive line to protect him and in the playmakers. This is what you have to do.”
The rest will be on Wentz. Do you develop? And would that be good enough? But what comforts him is knowing his daughters don’t care whether he’s thrown five or two interceptions.
“There is something bigger than just this game and this job,” Wentz said. “It is almost free to give all I have for this game and not stress the outcome, but give all I have because I want to, because I set an example for my children.”
This is partly why he loves to live in the northern Virginia countryside, and spend time with his wife and children in the countryside.
We like a slower pace,” Wentz said. “This has definitely helped the transition. It gives me a sense of peace and comfort, knowing they are enjoying it. They feel safe. They feel good.”
“He’s an aggressive slingshot,” Allen said. “He always goes for it.”
“If he starts playing really well,” said Way, he refers to himself as ‘Poppa.’ If he had three good holes in a row he’d be like, ‘Oh, Poppa’s made the flat stick.’ I told him, ‘I can’t wait to You’re tearing up some defense in the season, and I’m going to be like Poppa who works today.”
Holcomb stopped by with Wentz at Preakness Stakes and other off-season events. They sit next to each other in team meetings.
“He always takes time out of his day to listen and pay attention to what you’re talking about,” Holcomb said. “He’s a real competitor, and I think he’s a good guy.”
There are also steaks he cooked to process Charles Lino Jr.. , his family as well as the Wei family among others.
Then there are the date-night trips that Way and Wentz take with their spouses to the Escape Room – a timed game in which the party must reveal clues, solve puzzles and complete tasks in order to escape from the game’s location. Once in the room, Way said Wentz seemed to be running the offense – sometimes taking a stand, pointing to the door and asking someone to check it out.
Suddenly, a Type A quarterback takes over.
“He needed to know the record [time]’ ‘To get out,’ said Wai. He doesn’t want hints. He wants to do everything himself. I’m like, ‘Hey man, we can have three hints and we still break the record’ but he is determined to break the record without any hints. I tried to keep it light, but we We used to walk out of the room every time.”
That competitiveness is sure to come when he faces one of his former coaches who got him off the bench (Doug Pederson with Jacksonville); His original team (Philadelphia twice) and the Colts this season.
Wentz said he also wonders what happened in Indianapolis last season. He also said that he did not want to hold a grudge and preferred to look forward; This means regaining a foothold in his career. But the man who was nominated as the MVP in 2017, learned lessons about dealing with both failure and success.
“I’m not going to put all my value into this game,” Wentz said. “I’ll give it my all, but I won’t stress about the results.
“And life comes to you quickly. You have to grow up in a hurry – it doesn’t mean that I haven’t already grown up. But only life transformations change and how they affect you and your view of it all changes.”