Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich is well aware that a tough year is behind Carson Wentz but he is optimistic that the quarterback can overcome all the challenges and return to his old form. Wentz, who started last season as the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, was benched toward the end of the regular season and in the offseason he got traded to the Colts.
"Humble pie doesn't taste good, but it's good for you and so it's a chance for him to acknowledge he has to hit the reset button," Reich said, per ESPN. Wemtz, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, came to the league with high expectations.
. "This is the game we play, the position I've chosen," Wentz said. "There's always pressure, always going to be expectations. Those things are going to be there. Been same thing my whole career: go to work, get better every day and block out the outside noise.
I've really felt a lot of excitement around here."
Reich hopes he can helo Wentz
In 2017 -- while Reich was a member of Eagles' coaching staff -- Wentz was playing at an MVP level. "We had a great relationship.
We maintained that relationship for the previous three years I've been here," Reich said. "Reconnecting with him has been very easy. When it comes to football, we think about the game very similarly. We have similar preferences in the passing game.
We see things very much alike." Colts running back Nyheim Hynes says Wentz is determined to return to his old form and prove the doubters wrong. "He was an MVP-caliber guy, and he's looking to get back to that," Hines said.
"I did interviews all last week, and people were saying that he was broken and all those things. I'm sure he's heard that. We've all heard the talk. "Honestly, with him, I don't think he cares what anybody says.
I think he's driven from within to be the best he can be. He's internally motivated." Reich and the rest of Colts' coaching staff underlined to Wentz that he doesn't have to do everything. "I've been around a lot of quarterbacks.
It's very common when you're struggling, when the team is struggling, to try to manufacture something that is not there," Reich said. "The problem is sometimes you can do that, but what is the cost of that.
There's a fine balance there. We don't want to take that card away from Carson. He has unique abilities, and we want to give him the freedom to create big plays for us. But the trick of it all is: What's the right balance of that? That's the give and take we have to talk about and constantly challenge on a weekly basis."