After what we saw on Sunday, Carson Wentz’s time in Washington(7-8-1) could be coming to an end. With an opportunity to lead the Commanders to the playoffs, Wentz, as he did a season ago with the Colts, was not very good.
In his first start since Week 6, Wentz completed 16-of-28 passes for 143 yards and two interceptions, and Commanders would lose to the Browns(7-9) 24-10 at FedExField. After winning four straight, Washington has been winless in their last four(0-3-1).
The Commanders were officially eliminated from the playoffs after the Packers defeated the Vikings on Sunday.
Coming into this game against the Browns, it was simple for Washington, win their final two regular season games, and you’re in, but again, it did not happen. Many will blame Wentz and Commanders head coach Ron Rivera for deciding to go with Wentz instead of Taylor Heinicke, who put Washington in the position to make the playoffs after going 5-3-1 as a starter.
Wentz led Washington on a 21-play, 96-yard touchdown drive, which took over 11 minutes(11:27) right before halftime, which he punctuated with a one-yard QB sneak, and Washington led 7-3 at the half, but they would only score three points the rest of the way.
Rivera said he went to Wentz, who replaced Heinicke in the fourth quarter against the 49ers last week, to give Washington a spark; unfortunately, that drive was the only spark he gave the Commanders on Sunday.
“We drove the ball on that last possession in the first half and felt we’d be able to come out and sustain something like that again, and we just didn’t do it,” Rivera said.
Wentz did not expect to play this poorly.
“Not a good one,” Wentz said. “Not what I had in mind and what we had in mind as a team. Individually not the performance I envisioned. A lot of stuff I want back. Yeah, that was a tough one.”
In the second half, fans were chanting Heinicke’s name, and Rivera did consider a change, but he stuck with Wentz. According to Wentz, the Heinicke chants did not bother him.
“It’s part of football,’ he said. “I get it. I get it. I’ve seen a lot in my seven years and experienced a lot. I get it. I didn’t have my best day today. I wish it would have went differently, I feel like I let some of my teammates down there early in the game and put us in a hole a little bit, but that’s part of football.”
Wentz was in the same position with the Colts last season, and they lost the final two games, including an ugly loss to the lowly Jaguars in the season finale, and again he came up short this time around, but he won’t dwell on the past.
“I mean, again, you gotta move on and put stuff behind you,” Wentz said. “I get it; I get it. It’s part of this game, part of this business. I understand the questions; I understand all that stuff. But I don’t let that kind of rattle me or phase me. I wish the result was different; I wish we came out here with a win. Obviously, losing control of our destiny makes it really tough, but I don’t think about all that stuff. It’s a completely new situation, new place, new everything and just wish it would have went different.”
At 30, this was Wentz’s last chance to be a starter in the NFL. He was terrible on Sunday as he threw some bad balls against the Browns.
There’s probably no way Washington will bring him back next season.
In many ways, this is a sad ending for Wentz, who was acquired by the Commanders from the Colts last offseason. After what we saw for most of the 2017 season, where he played like MVP with the Eagles, no one saw this for the seventh-year quarterback, but injuries piled up, and sadly he does not appear to be the same guy.
What happens next for Wentz should be very interesting.