Carson Wentz: Colts owner Jim Isray’s criticism ‘came out of left field’
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Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz finally spoke out this week in response to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Isray’s comments in March about the Colts’ decision to trade for Wentz last year being “a mistake. “
During an appearance Tuesday on “The Colin Cowherd Podcast,” Wentz revealed he had a very different understanding of his time in Indianapolis and called his dismissal from the Colts a move “out of left field.”
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) is sacked by Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen (41) during a game Jan. 9, 2022, in Jacksonville, Fla.
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“I mean, it is what it is, you know. Wentz spoke out about Isray, saying that everyone is entitled to their opinion. “I thought last season was really enjoyable. Although we did some amazing things, we came up short at end. It was obvious that I struggled down the stretch and my timing was poor. I was surprised. “
Wentz added that he felt “things were in a pretty good place” at the end of the season despite the Colts missing the playoffs. He also spoke fondly of the relationships he built last year, which prompted his surprise at being traded to Washington.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) before a game between the Colts and the Jacksonville Jaguars Jan. 9, 2022, at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.
“Yeah, it kinda came out of left field, you know? He has the right to his opinion and is free to do what he likes with his football team,” Wentz stated.
Isray expressed his frustration with Wentz during the NFL owners’ meeting, when Irsay also took a jab at the Jacksonville Jaguars in reference to the Colts’ Week 18 loss to the Jags.
“I think the worst thing you can do is have a mistake and try to keep living with it going forward,” Irsay said in reference to Wentz. It was something that we had to leave as a franchise. It was obvious.
“No disrespect to Jacksonville, but I mean, they’re the worst team in the league. They play hard for the first quarter, but then they want to go to their locker room to clean it out. I have never seen anything like it in my entire life.”
Quarterback Carson Wentz of the Washington Commanders is introduced, and head coach Ron Rivera looks on at Inova Sports Performance Center March 17, 2022, in Ashburn, Va.
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Isray explained that by moving on from Wentz, he felt that the organization “corrected” the matter.
Wentz will likely take over the starting role in Washington, where he will have a chance to redeem himself in Week 1 when the Commanders take on the Jaguars. The Colts have added veteran QB Matt Ryan.
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.
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