Indianapolis Colts Radio Analyst Totally Destroys Ex-Eagle Carson Wentz – NBC10 Philadelphia

Colts Radio Analyst Totally Destroys Carson Wentz Originally Appearing on NBC Sports in Philadelphia

Add the sound of Colts Radio Rick Venturi to the growing list of people associated with the Colts to blow up beleaguered quarterback Carson Wentz.

Venturi, a former college manager and longtime NFL assistant coach, is now a colorist on the Colts Radio Network, and in an interview on fan radio station 107.5 with a host apparently known as “JMV”, Venturi questioned Wentz’s ability to continue in Turn the ponies quarterback.

“The franchise can make a mistake,” Venturi told 107.5 according to the Indianapolis Star. “They can miscalculate people, whether it’s a venture, commercial agency, or free agency. It’s never an exact science. But the biggest mistake any franchise makes, despite $15 million, is making the second mistake, and that goes along with the first.”

“For me, you are making a difficult decision. Now, I will be tempted to go in a different direction.”

The Eagles in February shipped Wentz to the Colts for two draft picks that ended up becoming the 18th pick in this year’s draft and 3rd pick in last year’s draft which indirectly became Milton Williams.

Some believe his reunion with Colts coach Frank Reich, his offensive coordinator with the Eagles when he had his big 2017 season, would renew Wentz after the disappointing 2020 season that saw him sue Galen Hurts.

“He couldn’t have walked in a better shape,” Venturi said. “I bought the deal. I made the featured tape, I looked at it, I looked at all the tools he had. He’s a multi-tool player. When you look at him in isolation, there’s absolutely nothing he can’t do. And he’s come to a position with the psychics, the guy who wanted him, who stood at the table for him, and sold them to this organization.”

Although the former Pro Bowler put in good numbers – 27 touchdowns, 7 interceptions and a rating of 94.6 passes – he struggled in the last two games of the season, striking a loss to the Raiders and Jaguars that knocked the Colts out of the playoff chase.

In the 26-11 loss to the Jaguars—14-and-a-half points from the underdogs—Wentz lost an upset, threw an interception, passed for just 185 yards, and only put together three points until the final minutes of the game. That cost the Colts a playoff berth and meant that Wentz would reach his 30th birthday without winning (or even finishing) a playoff.

Dave Zangaro and Robin Frank reacted to the wild turn of events in Week 18 that saw Carson Wentz and the Molts lose their playoff chance against Jaguars 2-14.

Venturi isn’t just a radio guy.

He’s a former Northwestern head coach and coached in the NFL from 1982 through 2008 with the Colts, Browns, Saints and Rams. He also served two terms as an interim coach for the NFL, replacing Colts coach Ron Mayer when he was fired after five games in 1991 and replacing Saints coach Jim Mora when he was fired after eight games in 1996. He most recently served as the Rams’ defensive coordinator in 2008.

But he had it with Wentz.

“When you look at Wentz, it’s very easy to be impressed,” he said. “But in the end, some guys grow on you and some grow negatively. It develops negatively towards me because what I see in the long run is the guy killing us with erratic throws, erratic accuracy intervals.

“This kills me the most, because I think this is probably irreversible, it’s totally head-scratching judgment issues and they’re just ridiculous issues. We’ve seen them over and over again. I think he’s more of a mourner than a surgeon. I think the big moments are his enemy. I doubt that. It can be reversed. Frank can’t do that. Who can?”

Wentz has earned just over $100 million so far in his six NFL seasons, about $79 million from the Eagles and $21 million from Colts.

He has a cap figure of $28,294,118 in 2022, but he’ll only count $15 million of dead money — money left secured from his original Eagles contract — if the Colts release him. If they release him after 2022, they will not absorb any money.


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