3 takeaways from the Commanders comeback victory over the Colts
2. Taylor Heinicke is muddying the QB situation
Taylor Heinicke is an enigma, and one of the wildest rollercoasters rides across the NFL. He is easy to root for, is an expert in Scott Turner’s playbook, and gives 110% all the time. And most of all, he is never fazed by a mistake, a bad stretch, or pressure. He has straight ice water in his veins.
That doesn’t make it so his physical limitations should be ignored. His height is less than ideal, and his (lack of) arm talent can severely limit the offense. Yet his ability to extend plays has been a great help compared to the plodding Carson Wentz that led to sacks.
In some ways, Carson Wentz and Taylor Heinicke are in a dead-even for the net value they provide the team. They each excel at things the other struggles with, and neither is most likely the long-term answer.
Put simply though, Taylor Heinicke may be on the fast track to keeping Wentz sidelined even when he is healthy. He has moxie and charisma making the team believe they can win any time they set foot on the field with 4 at QB. And that matters. And his rapport with Terry McLaurin is in a far better place than McLaurin’s is with Wentz.
The team believes in Heincke. He is adding another chapter to his inspiring story and clearly has some sort of magic. And with that, it is making the Carson Wentz trade go up in flames before the halfway point of the season.