After much speculation, he is finally gone. The chosen one of the 2016 draft class is officially a Colt. There is a part of me that cannot believe Carson Wentz is gone; After all, even as a Cowboys fan, I considered him a staple of the NFC East. I vividly remember sitting on the couch on draft night, bickering with my brother and convincing him that he was going to be better than Goff. Clearly, things did not work out as planned. I would have loved to see a few more matchups between a healthy Wentz and my Dallas Cowboys. To me, Dak vs. Wentz is a matchup that could have been a classic. However, as the story goes, injuries got to Wentz, and those matchups never came to fruition the way that they could have.
I will root for Wentz in Philadelphia. He has the team around him, in a great city, where they have the ability to make a playoff run. Indianapolis last year was not a fluke- I think they will do the same thing that they did last year. Also, Wentz now moves to a smaller market, where he can now work with a coach who saw the potential in him and not have to live under a microscope the way that he did in Philadelphia. As we have learned in sports many times, sometimes a culture change is all that a player or team needs in order to become more successful than they were.
As for Philadelphia, there is no telling where Hurts will take the Eagles. Even as a Cowboys fan, I like Hurts. He’s athletic, he does not try to overcomplicate everything, and with the exception of his height, he has all the tools to potentially become a great quarterback. On top of that, he has Sirianni as his head coach. In one of my previous articles, I mentioned that I think the Sirianni and Hurts connection has the potential to be special. I fully expect for there to be growing pains: Hurts has a lot of work to do and there needs to be an increase in play from the team around him, but I think even a season from beginning to end will show progress for the Eagles. I know that there are still moves to be made, but I think overall that the trade was a win-win for both teams. It is sad to see Carson go, but I wish him nothing but the best in Indianapolis and I know that he will succeed.