Carson Wentz was about to enter prayer when he was labeled selfish and not a team player.
“It kind of came out of nowhere,” Wentz told reporters Monday about an explosive report detailing the quarterback’s misgivings, via ESPN. “I was literally eating breakfast with my wife, and [a member of the Eagles media relations staff] texted me. Literally, we do, like, quiet time in the morning. We eat breakfast and then I go sit on the couch. So I’m about to go read my Bible and then I get that text and now I’m reading this.”
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The Eagles’ cornerstone had his pristine image shattered last month when Philly Voice published a story, citing more than six players and other sources close with the team anonymously, which questioned the franchise quarterback’s ability to be a teammate.
“Carson Wentz’s biggest enemy is Carson Wentz,” a source said in the report. “He’s had his ass kissed his whole life, and sometimes acts like he’s won 10 Super Bowls, when he hasn’t played in, let alone won, a playoff game yet. Everyone around him wants good things for him. He did more thinking on the field than he did playing [in 2018]. You don’t have to be a brain surgeon or a football expert to see how differently this team plays and reacts with one guy as opposed to the other.”
Wentz was described as “egotistical” and “selfish” in the report. He acknowledged he could do more as a teammate.
“I know who I am, first of all. I know how I carry myself. I know I’m not perfect. I know I have flaws,” Wentz said in response. “So I’m not going to sit here and say it was inaccurate and completely made up. I’m not going to do that. But at the end of the day, I will say our locker room is really close. If there were guys that had issues, in hindsight, I wish we could have just talked about them. But, again, I don’t know how that all happened and everything with that.”
Shortly after the report, star tight end Zach Ertz and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox defended Wentz, and the 26-year-old said he’s not about to change his approach to the game.
“My personality, to some extent, ain’t going to change,” he said. “What’s gotten me here, what’s gotten me successful, I’m not going to say, ‘Oh, now I’m going to have this free-spirited, Cali-guy vibe.’ That’s just not going to change.
“Any time you’re a Type A guy, there’s a fine line between being pushy and shove-y and humble and humility and walking that line. Definitely learning to navigate that always and never trying to look down on anybody or make it seem like I’m better than anybody. But at the same time, as a Type A, so to speak, confident person that’s confident in off-the-field things and then on the field with what we like, that’s not going to change. That’s not going to go anywhere. I think that’s something that is a positive if used correctly.”
The Eagles have repeatedly said Wentz is the team’s future quarterback despite the last two unhealthy seasons, which led to Nick Foles helping the Eagles win a Super Bowl in 2018 and leading them to an unlikely playoff appearance this season.
Foles is set to be a free agent this year.