Ron Rivera Just Revealed an Important Clue About Carson Wentz and His NFL Career

Quarterback Carson Wentz has had a rough two years. Once hailed as the Philadelphia Eagles‘ franchise superstar, Wentz is now set to plan on his third team in as many years, and is fresh off back-to-back disappointing seasons.

After a frustrating one-year stint with the Indianapolis Colts, Wentz was traded to the Washington Commanders this offseason. Several analysts and experts viewed this as a kiss of death of sorts on Wentz’s NFL career. Few quarterbacks play well in Washington, seeing as they’re one of the worst run organizations in the NFL.

However, during Wentz’s introductory press conference with his new team, we got some insight into how this next chapter should play out for him.

Ron Rivera wants Carson Wentz to be the Commanders long-term solution at quarterback

When the Commanders first swung the trade for Wentz, there was significant speculation regarding whether it was a short-term or long-term move. The Commanders still have a high first-round pick in this year’s draft, and could easily justify taking a young arm to “groom” under Wentz for a year or two.

This strategy backfired in epic fashion when the Eagles tried it with Jalen Hurts and Wentz in 2020. A similar situation in Washington would presumably result in a similar outcome.

However, when asked about his team’s new quarterback, Commanders head coach Ron Rivera seemed to shut down the idea of Wentz being a short-term acquisition. He bluntly stated his belief in Wentz becoming his team’s long-term starting quarterback — a franchise quarterback if you will.

“I believe it is. I believe [Wentz] is what we’re looking for,” Rivera stated Thursday when asked if Wentz could be a long-term starter in Washington. “His skill set speaks very well for us, especially for what we want to do and how we want to attack our opponents. I like our quarterback position.”

“The message to him, more so than anything else, is that we believe in him. That’s why we went ahead and did it,” Rivera continued. “My intent was to make sure he knew it, make sure he understood it was because we believe in him, we want him here, he is wanted here, and I think that helps make the transition a little bit easier as well.”

The Commanders are desperate for steady quarterback play

Carson Wentz.
Carson Wentz | Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

On the outside looking in, it’s hard to buy into the idea of Wentz magically transforming himself into a franchise quarterback again. However, it’s crucial to acknowledge the situation he’s walking into.

Washington hasn’t had a true franchise quarterback in decades. The closest they got was Kirk Cousins, and he never signed a long-term extension with the organization.

With Wentz, the Commanders have themselves a guy who at least gives them a chance to compete with their division and the rest of the NFC. Wentz certainly has his flaws. However, he’s still a high-ceiling player coming off a 27 touchdown/7 interception season. Those types of players don’t grow on trees.

Carson Wentz finally has some weapons

In a perfect world, Wentz and Washington agree to a long-term extension before the season’s end. However, the veteran quarterback will have to earn the trust of his new team before that happens.

The good news for Wentz is that he’s entering an offense that actually has some weapons for him to utilize. Terry McLaurin will be the best WR he’s ever thrown the ball to. Curtis Samuel, Logan Thomas, and Antonio Gibson are solid weapons as well.

Only time will tell if this Washington/Wentz marriage works out. However, early signs are encouraging.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

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