Colts Continue To Take Shots At Carson Wentz, G.M. Implies Making Playoffs Wouldn’t Have Saved His Job

Colts' G.M.: Making Playoffs Wouldn't Have Saved Carson Wentz's Job

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  • The Indianapolis Colts trader for Carson Wentz in March 2021.
  • Less than a year later, they shipped him off to the Washington Commanders.
  • Colts’ GM Chris Ballard recently indicated that making the playoffs wouldn’t have necessarily saved Wentz’s job.

With a chance to make the AFC playoffs in the final week of the season with a win over the putrid Jacksonville Jaguars, the Indianapolis Colts laid an absolute egg and ultimately lost the game by a score of 26-11.

The game marked quarterback Carson Wentz’s last game in a Colts uniform as the embattled signal-caller has since been shipped to the Washington Commanders for a conditional third-round pick and a second-round pick in the NFL Draft.

During a recent interview with Mike Florio over at ProFootballTalk, Colts’ general manager Chris Ballard implied that making the playoffs wouldn’t have necessarily saved Wentz’s job, either, as he believes the franchise still would’ve “had some hard discussions” in the offseason about the former #2 overall pick’s future with the team.

This certainly isn’t the first time that higher-ups in the Colts organization has taken vague parting shots at Wentz, as owner Jim Irsay said in late March that it was “very obvious” that the team needed to move on from the 29-year-old North Dakota State product.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard says making playoffs wouldn’t have necessarily saved Carson Wentz’s job

“I think we still would’ve had some hard discussions,” G.M. Chris Ballard told ProFootballTalk. “Just the way we played down the stretch, and we knew we needed to make some improvements in that area. The one thing I think [owner] Jim [Irsay] and I and [coach] Frank [Reich] are when we know something’s not a good fit, don’t just try to justify it. Let’s move forward. We all knew we were going to get egg on our face. That is what it is, but at the end of the day it’s about doing the right thing for the organization. I think even if we would’ve ended up in the playoffs, we would’ve had some hard discussions going forward.”

Ballard, head coach Frank Reich, and the rest of the Indianapolis Colts will now put their Super Bowl hopes on the shoulders of former Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, whom the team traded for earlier in the offseason.

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