Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz always wanted to be a leader. It’s something he did in college, it’s something he’s naturally drawn to, and it was hard for him to start his career as a backup – even if it was just training camp.
“Yeah, it was tough,” Wentz said, per Michael Silver of NFL.com. “It would have been one thing if I just knew my role. I would have owned it. But getting drafted where I did and knowing the writing is on the wall, it’s a fine line to come in and be myself while taking reps with third-stringers. Then I got hurt and [QB Sam Bradford was traded] and all of a sudden, eight days before the season, I was the guy — and there was no looking back.”
With due respect to Bradford, he sounds very happy that it all fell into place so quickly. Some of his teammates agree.
“Last year at this time was such an uncomfortable situation for him,” said tight end Zach Ertz. “He’s such a natural leader, and for him to sit back and let the other quarterbacks do their thing, it was difficult. Now he’s the face of the franchise, and there’s a level of comfort.”
Wentz is such a driven leader that it’s hard for him to ever relax when things are going perfectly. That’s even true outside of football.
“We had a golf scramble, which was just a disaster,” Wentz said. “Anytime you play 10 holes in four-and-a-half hours – 10, because we needed a playoff hole – it’s not exactly a great situation. No one knew golf etiquette. People would step right around the cup … They’d be yelling, ‘Hey, Torrey!’ while someone else was about to hit. They just didn’t understand.”
He doesn’t know how to turn it off, but that endless drive for perfection may be exactly what he needs to become an elite QB.