So last night Les Bowen told everybody that Eagles reporters were going to be effectively barred from Carson Wentz’s introductory press conference.
In a STUNNING REVERSAL, the Colts’ PR staff pulled an about face, and decided to let our local scribes get involved:
Good point — Colts changed their mind today, to their credit. Props to media relations czar Matt Conti. https://t.co/ihg0eeAZcu
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) March 18, 2021
Okay, great. Let’s bring some closure to the Carson Wentz saga and shut the door for good. He’s a Colt, we’re Eagles fans, and life goes on.
Here is the link to the full video conference, which ran about 30 minutes:
He didn’t have much to say that was Earth-shattering. It didn’t end the way he wanted, he was appreciative of his time here and blah blah. Carson never said anything interesting during five seasons here, nor would we expect anything different in this setting. Outside of the Joe Santoliquito article and ensuing sitdown, he was pretty boring in most Philly pressers.
Credit to the Indy reporters though; the questions were pretty much fair but hit on the right topics. There was some cringe a little bit later in the presser, but whatever.
Howard Eskin, “The King,” got a question in around the 17 minute mark, and he asked Wentz where he thought the negative personal opinions were coming from:
“Great question, and it’s something where anytime you hear those things, you wanna play the detective, find out who said it, who did what, and all of those things. But it’s like, does it matter? Whether someone feels that way or not, that’s what’s out there. So how can I learn from it at the end of the day? I think I’ve learned in this business and in life that you’re not going to make everybody happy. As much as you want to, you can’t. It’s unfortunate people have those opinions, but I’m going to learn from it and try to be the best teammate I can be. If any of my teammates think I wasn’t the best teammate, I apologize, and wish I could be better. Last year was tough for everybody, just building those relationships, but it’s something where given the environment this world is in, it takes being very intentional. So I look forward to doing that, and like I said, you want to play detective but at the end of the day people have their opinion and you do everything to be the best you can be.”
And Les Bowen basically asked why Carson wanted out:
“For starters, there were a lot of conversations at the end of the year with my agent and everybody, where I’m not going to dive into the specifics of that. As far as being a competitor, I’ve never once questioned my competitiveness, but at the end of the day this was outside of my control. I’m appreciative of everything that happened in Philly, with all of the opportunities. I know where I’m at today, and for five years I gave everything I had, on and off the field.
It didn’t go the way we all desired and wanted it to go, but I can sleep well at night knowing I poured my heart and soul into everything into that city, on and off the field, and we’re excited for a new start and new opportunity.”
Wentz was asked a follow up about whether or not he actually demanded the trade, but didn’t answer it and instead gave a generic response.
But otherwise, those are probably the answers we expected, right? The main head scratcher is when he said it was “outside of his control,” which seems strange, because if he had played well, he’d still be a Philadelphia Eagles. Nothing was outside of his control at all, unless there’s some super-secret thing we don’t know about.
Anyway, there’s our closure. Let’s shut it down.