Commanders’ Carson Wentz gets deserved chance at redemption
An opportunity has come knocking once again for Washington Commanders’ quarterback Carson Wentz. Early Wednesday morning, Wentz was announced as the starter against the Cleveland Browns.
Taylor Heinicke was a needed shot in the arm to the offense earlier in the year. Unfortunately, though, Heinicke’s magic couldn’t lift up his lack of physical traits any longer. Despite having a strong rushing attack, and a potent defense—two things Wentz never had— the offense was absolutely inept over the last month with Heinicke.
Turnovers lack explosive plays, and an offense that had become completely one-dimensional left Rivera no choice but to go back to Carson Wentz.
What looked like a guarantee for Wentz to be on his fourth team in four years, he has a chance at redemption in these final two games. These two games may be the biggest games of the former number two overall pick’s career.
Commanders: Carson Wentz redemption or same ol’ Wentz?
A year ago, the Colts had a simple path to the playoffs. At 9-6, win one of the two final games and make the playoffs. One of those games included the Jaguars, who ranked 31st in Defensive EPA in 2021. The Colts would ultimately lose both, Wentz played poorly, and he was swiftly used as the scapegoat. Whether it was fair or not, Wentz was shipped to his second different team in two offseasons.
Fast forward a year later, and Wentz has a similar opportunity. The Commanders, at 7-7-1, control their own destiny. Defeat the eliminated-from-playoff-contention Cleveland Browns, and the Dallas Cowboys, who will likely have the fifth seed wrapped up at home, and they clinch. There is a scenario where the Commanders can clinch this week, with a win, a Lions loss, a Seahawks loss, and a Packers loss.
That is a lot of ifs when the Commanders have the ball in their court. Wentz can flip the narrative from last year, taking over as the starting quarterback late in the season, winning the final two games, and clinching a playoff spot.
Wentz theoretically should be set up for success. Brian Robinson had played only two games since returning from his injuries, and he was still working back to 100%. From weeks 1-6, Washington’s rushing EPA ranked 31st in the NFL. Since the, it ranks 15th in rushing EPA.
Not to mention that Washington’s defense was just beginning to round into form when Wentz was hurt after they benched a certain cornerback. Wentz got most of the blame for the early season struggles, some of it deserved, but the entire situation around him was a dumpster fire.
The situation around the quarterback stabilizing was the reason for this midseason surge that put them at the doorstep of the playoffs. The offensive line isn’t much better than it was when Wentz was starting earlier in the year, yet Wentz is better to set up for success.
His chance for redemption is right there. The rumors are saying this is the biggest set of games in Carson Wentz’s career.