The hope for any NFL franchise is to have the best quarterback in the NFL. That’s the ultimate dream. However, that’s not always realistic, meaning a solid consolation prize is having the best quarterback in your division. According to talk show host Colin Cowherd, the Washington Commanders‘ recent acquisition of Carson Wentz did just that for them.
According to Cowherd, the Commanders now have the best quarterback in the NFC East.
Colin Cowherd ranks Carson Wentz over Dak Prescott, Jalen Hurts
During a recent segment ranking the starting quarterbacks in each division (NFC East segment starts at 2:20), Cowherd turned some heads by ranking Wentz atop the NFC East. Wentz is coming off a frustrating year with the Indianapolis Colts — a year that saw owner Jim Irsay pound the table for him to be traded away during the offseason.
Dak Prescott and Jalen Hurts, on the other hand, both made the postseason in 2021. Granted, neither of them made it past the Wild Card Round. However, they both made it farther than Wentz.
Wentz is no stranger to being compared to Prescott and Hurts. Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys fans would constantly bicker back and further between 2016 and 2019, arguing who the better passer was. On the other hand, Hurts was drafted to be Wentz’s replacement in 2020 despite Wentz already being under contract.
Colin Cowherd may have a point
At first glance, Wentz being ranked over Prescott and Hurts is laughable. The Colts rushed to get rid of Wentz this offseason while the Cowboys and Eagles continue to comfortably build around their quarterbacks. The simple fact that Wentz has resorted to playing for Washington isn’t a good look.
However, it’s worth highlighting that Cowherd may have a point from a statistical standpoint. Here’s a quick look at some stats that paint Wentz in a far better light than some media members would suggest.
- Carson Wentz: 94.6
- Dak Prescott: 104.2
- Jalen Hurts: 87.2
- Carson Wentz: 54.7
- Dak Prescott: 54.6
- Jalen Hurts 48.5
- Carson Wentz: 5.2
- Dak Prescott: 6.2
- Jalen Hurts: 3.7
INT% (lower is better)
- Carson Wentz: 1.4%
- Dak Prescott: 1.7%
- Jalen Hurts: 2.1%
These numbers don’t paint the complete picture of what makes a good quarterback good. However, they give crucial insight into how these three quarterbacks stacked against each other from a pure passing perspective in 2021. Wentz was miles better than Hurts in the air and was largely comparable to Prescott. You’re splitting hairs deciding who you like better.
Carson Wentz has a golden opportunity to fix the narrative surrounding himself
Wentz became a scapegoat for many of the Eagles’ and Colts’ problems over the past two seasons. Is he blameless? Absolutely not. However, it’s worth pointing out that neither situation was that great. The 2020 Eagles and 2021 Colts both lacked the basic component of a No. 1 wide receiver — something the Commanders actually have.
Terry McLaurin will be the best NFL WR Wentz has ever gotten to throw to, giving him the perfect opportunity to have a very strong season returning to the NFC East. It’s also worth pointing out the NFC is far less competitive than the AFC. Wentz replicating his 2021 season with the Commanders in 2022 will likely be enough to secure a spot in the playoffs.
Wentz gets four shots at playing Prescott and Hurts in 2022. Win three of those games and lead Washington to the postseason, and the national media will start viewing Wentz as a franchise QB once more.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.