Ex-NFL star critical of Colts’ Carson Wentz following loss to Jaguars: ‘I hate to say it’

Former NFL wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. didn’t have a very good evaluation of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz on Friday after the Colts’ shock loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Smith, an NFL Network analyst, appeared on the “Pat McAfee Show” and questioned whether Wentz was the right person for the Colts. He pointed to how Indianapolis became dependent on running back Jonathan Taylor even though the team traded for Wentz, who is owed about $15.4 million in 2021 and another $22 million in 2022.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) is fired by Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allen (41) on Sunday, January 9, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) is fired by Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allen (41) on Sunday, January 9, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida.
(AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Smith noted that a linebacker who can’t tackle or a cornerback who can’t cover wouldn’t be able to stay on the team he’s on. The former wide receiver compared Wentz to a financial investor who made some bad trades in the stock market.

“You bet the farm and traded for him, and you’re telling me we can win a game if we minimize him throwing the ball. So, I’m not into football anymore, but I’ll use an analogy that we all understand.” “he told McAfee and co-host AJ Hawk.

“If you buy a stock and it keeps going down, there are unrealized and realized gains, but at some point you’re either going to have to pull the trigger to sell or you’re just going to let it bottom out and say to your wife, ‘Oh, you know, I lost our money. , but, hey, our financial guy is a good guy. You can’t choose any goddamn action. It just ruined our kids’ college fund. She blew all our money, but man, you know she’s a good person. He has a good handshake. He looks you in the eye.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) throws a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) throws a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Jacksonville, Florida.
(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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“That’s Carson Wentz. I hate to say it. Carson Wentz is exactly who I would love for my daughter to date BUT playing football… NOT.”

The Colts needed a win to make the playoffs, but they lost to the Jaguars, the worst team in the NFL in 2021.

Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allen (41) celebrates after sacking Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz during the first half on Sunday, January 9, 2022, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allen (41) celebrates after sacking Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz during the first half on Sunday, January 9, 2022, in Jacksonville, Florida.
(AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

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In the 26-11 loss, Wentz went 17-for-29 with 185 passing yards, one touchdown pass, one interception and six sacks. He hadn’t completed more than 20 passes in a game since November.

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