Colts end in sick model as Wentz’s finest shot fails miserably – Delco Occasions

Carson Wentz is the gift Eagles fans keep giving. The former franchise quarterback fell flat on his face on Sunday.

While Jalen Hurts and the Birds enjoyed a glorified goodbye week in preparation for next week’s NFC Super Wild Card game, Wentz gagged in a typical fashion.

Here’s the backstory: The Indianapolis Colts went 9-6 in Week 17. They only had to win one of their last two games to get a post-season spot. First they lost at home to the Raiders, who made the playoffs with their unforgettable overtime win against the Chargers on Sunday night.

All Wentz had to do on Sunday was avoid the Colts’ regular season finale at 2-14 Jacksonville, the laughing stock of the NFL. Instead, Wentz made two costly ball losses against a defense of seven – seven! – All season snack. The Colts were upset, 26-11, their postseason chances flushed down the drain in large part thanks to Wentz’s pathetic performance.

The Colts entered the game as street favorites with 15.5 points. According to Stathead, it was the first time the Colts lost to Joe Namath and the Jets as favorites with at least 14.5 points since Super Bowl III.

Though Wentz has had a decent year statistically, Wentz has revealed in the past two weeks that he’s still the same frustrating guy who throws rash passes, fiddles with the slightest gust of wind, and generally doesn’t have the guts to win big games. Every Eagles fan knows this guy.

After the game, Wentz told reporters that he would have to conduct a soul search in the coming weeks.

“It’s one that I’ll watch long and hard personally,” said Wentz. “Do you know where could I have been better? What could i do? … “

Never trust Wentz when he says he will look for answers on any topic. Wentz, who tested positive for COVID-19 last month, told Colt’s Beat writers at training camp that he “weighed a lot” about the vaccine and “needed more information about its long-term effects.” This misinformed “explanation” lends credibility to the idea that Wentz is probably not the type of person to take at their word for anything.

To make things even cuter, by dumping Wentz overboard in the off-season, the Eagles have fleeced the Colts for their number 1 on the 2022 draft. That means the Birds will receive the # 16 overall pick, which is the same as # 15 (via Miami) and their own selection in the # 19-32 area.

Say what you want about Howie Roseman, but he absolutely played the Colts. They’re also on the hook for roughly $ 28 million over the next three seasons. Yes, Wentz threw 27 touchdowns and made the Indy offensive most of the time, but he’s nowhere near the main reason the team started the season 6-2. Most of the credit goes to the Pro Bowl, which is bringing back Jonathan Taylor, who led the league by 1,811 yards. Wentz stayed out of the spotlight until the last two games, failing as often as he did at Philly. Then the real Carson Wentz appeared.

One man who deserves validation is former Eagles trainer Doug Pederson. It is clear that his senior coaching year Wentz had a bad rap who reportedly had too much influence on offense and was too confident to follow basic coaching advice. During Wentz’s disastrous 2020 season, Wentz reportedly named his own audibles on the line of scrimmage several times, despite Pederson and the offensive staff citing what they thought was the best game for the team. We all know how it went, the Eagles finished 4-12 overall and Pederson was dropped at the end of the year.

We hope Pederson gets another chance to head coach next year. He deserves a chance with a starting QB who isn’t as narrow-minded and selfish as Wentz.

Basking in the glory of the Wentz collapse should make Eagles fans smile today. And even if the Birds go one-on-one in the playoffs, they can rest assured that Wentz, who will turn 30 by the end of the year, still has as many post-season wins as he has the COVID-19 vaccination doses: zero.

To contact Matt Smith, send an email to msmith@delcotimes.com.

Couturier represents cash effectively spent for Flyers – Delco Instances

When they won the Stanley Cup a second time in the first eight years of their existence, it was to be expected that the Flyers would build a stunning collection of championships.

That was 46 years ago.

Guess what: it won’t happen.

As for consolation prizes, however, the Flyers have not only been blessed by great players, but also by players who have done everything on and off the ice to bring pride and value to a community that played for both uniform and paycheck and were eternal sources of franchise and regional pride.

You’ve had too many lazy goalkeepers too, but that’s another issue.

But in the Brotherhood of Forever Flyers, and that membership role is thick, there must be room for Sean Couturier. Because of this, the six-year contract extension recently signed by the two-way hockey treasure was a well-spent $ 26,000,000.

Couturier is about to enter his 11th NHL season and is a three-time winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy as MVP of the Flyers, received the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 2020 as the most effective defensive striker in the NHL, twice he was a 30-plus goalscorer, was an all -Star and has never wasted a shift on either end of the ice.

Had the choice been made, Cups would have picked out dignified professionals as the fans’ favorite collection. But in a chain of franchise treasures that are too long to go into detail, consider “coots” a strong and important link.

That’s not bad either.

• For the first time since 2016, the Flyers will expand their Franchise Hall of Fame. About time.

The list of ideal candidates is thick like a telephone directory, although the constellation has clearly been missing for too long, in alphabetical order Danny Briere, the Flyers Wives, Simon Gagne, Mike Keenan, Pelle Lindbergh, Lou Nolan, Mikael Renberg, Kimmo Timonen and Rick Tocchet .

But if the idea is to correct the longest-running situation first, then the choice for a likely one-man class by 2021-22 must be Paul Holmgren. An all-star, member of some great Flyers teams, and the strongest puncher in a long era of great Flyers fighters (a legitimate hockey value in its day), Holmgren had success as a player, assistant coach, head coach, scout, general manager and executive while they simultaneously demonstrate a deep, sincere appreciation for a proud organization and its importance to its community.

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Those rolling billboards dragged through the streets of the city by gasoline-wasting trucks … I don’t understand them.

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By the time the season is over, and it will happen soon enough, the Phillies will have earned two well-deserved but conflicting reputations.

They will have fought for the right to be remembered as late inning heroes who could ever win with rallies in the eleventh hour and an endearing refusal to surrender.

They will also have been tattooed as a team that burst 26 saves and played too many times with defensive disinterest for the last three innings of the game.

Both?

How is that possible?

One theory: baseball.

The sport is designed to reveal the truth after 162 games, and not after 161 either. For most teams, this will be a gradual revelation. For the rare ones, it will require more dramatic attractions. Either way, the system will work, the definitive record will be the definitive record, and how it eventually happened will be lost in the vortex of history.

In the meantime, enjoy the 2021 Phillies and their rarest abilities to both madden and entertain. It could be decades before such a collection of adrenaline teasers resurfaces.

• In recognition of a bipolar baseball season, here on Joe Girardi who has been criticized for months with good reason but managed to improve the Phillies’ overall defense, overcome an unreasonable wave of injuries and keep his team in an unlikely pennant race .

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It’s hard to believe that these buttons stuck to the back of cell phones are necessary.

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OK, OK, it’s OK: it’s impossible to win last-round NBA playoff games with Ben Simmons as point guard. He doesn’t shoot. etc. Got it. Required.

The problem for the Sixers, should they swap Simmons, and for dozens of reasons they have to: The regular season. While it is likely that they will acquire one in any trade with Simmons, they are not currently using an alternative, high quality point guard.

Tyrese Maxey is a formidable talent with editing skills, but lacks flavor and a reliable outside shot. Shake Milton can make quick attacks from the bench, but was always overwhelmed when he passed the ball as a starter. Seth Curry may be able to tinker with this, but at the expense of its more valuable presence on the grand piano.

It is September of a season that can extend through June. So it is time. But if Simmons is traded, there will be 82 lead guard games in the regular season.

Well, only one solution: box the process trust threefold.

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Get the Notre Dame Leprechaun Hat?

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Zach Ertz, who was spotted after a souvenir walk over the Linc last season, somehow got through the off-season and will open his ninth season as an eagle next Sunday.

Good for Ertz.

Good for the eagles.

While there is seldom any value in the continued employment of players in any sport for reasons of nostalgia (see: Phillies, 2011-15), there are also costs for unloading the glue types. Having a couple around is never a risky idea. It’s mandatory to keep them around while you try to move on to a sophomore quarterback and entry-level head coach.

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That’s enough “Field of Dreams” for me, thank you very much.

Contact Jack McCaffery at jmccaffery@21st-centurymedia.com