It’s wild to think that Carson Wentz is back in the NFC. Ever since his unceremonious exile from the Philadelphia Eagles last offseason, we presumed he’d rather play anywhere, even if not in Indianapolis, than return to his old stomping grounds.
It’s unclear if the newly-minted Washington Commanders quarterback had any say in where he got dealt this time around. What we do know, though, is that rooting for a former rival will be a wonky transition for the entire fan base.
If it’s weird for fans, think about how the players must feel. Take the Commanders’ defensive line for example.
Imagine going from wanting to terrorize a quarterback twice a season to suddenly having to support said player? While winning football games is the bottom line, the adjustment period could take longer than expected.
Just ask Chase Young, who replied to an Instagram fan account that posted a picture of him staring Wentz down when he was with the Eagles.
Young reposted the photo to his story with a pair of emojis that encapsulate how every Washington fan is feeling right now.
Commanders DE Chase Young reacted to the Carson Wentz trade.
The fact Young tagged Wentz suggests the former No. 2 overall pick’s are friendly with each other. That might have something to do with the fact that Young’s first career sack as a rookie came against the then-Eagles starter.
Not only did Young reach the milestone in his first NFL career game, but it happened in his first quarter of action as a pro. In Washington’s Week 1 clash against Philadelphia, Young wrestled Wentz to the turf on a 3rd and 5.
The highlight set the stage for what was a dominant rookie year for Young, as the Ohio State product spun off a chip block from running back Corey Clement then bulldozed past nine-time Pro Bowler Jason Peters to make the play.
Hopefully we see more of this version of Young in 2022.
Getting back to Wentz, though, it sounds like he was Young’s vote of confidence. Shortly after providing his raw reaction on Instagram, the 2020 Defensive Rookie of the Year reposted the NFL’s first look at Wentz in a Commanders uniform.
While not a huge deal, we have a question for those who are pooh-poohing this: Would you rather the face of the franchise embrace the trade on social media or not say anything, which typically leads to unwarranted speculation?
We’d side with the former all day, every day.
Whatever the case, it’s pretty cool to see Young rally behind Wentz while Commanders fans are busy butting heads over the trade.
If Wentz has Young’s vote, he has ours as well.