Jacksonville Jaguars middle linebacker Damien Wilson (54) forces a fumble during a sack on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) which Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton (52) recovered during early third quarter action. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida for the Jaguars final game of the season Sunday, January 9, 2022. The Jaguars finished out their season with a 26 to 11 victory over the Colts. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] Jki 010922 Bsjaguarsvscolt 15

If Carson Wentz was hoping to go into next NFL season knowing that he’s the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, that ship has apparently sailed.

Earlier in the week, Colts head coach Frank Reich was asked if he would commit to naming Wentz, who had just played poorly in the team’s season-ending loss to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, as his starting quarterback for next season. The coach’s answer was diplomatic but clearly, he was unwilling to commit to saying yes.

“We loved the team we had this year, we knew everyone we brought in this year, we expected to play winning football,” Reich said, via Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star. “Next year’s roster will be next year’s roster. I don’t want to open it up about one player and then start talking about all of them.”

People took notice, especially because, after the previous season, Reich was adamant about wanting Philip Rivers to return before he retired. The Colts then traded for Wentz in a deal that proved very costly for them in terms of draft picks.

On Thursday, Colts GM Chris Ballard spoke with reporters for his season-ending press conference and, when asked about whether or not Wentz was the starter next year, he was much more direct in his answer.

“At the time (of the trade), we felt it was the right decision. I’m not going to make a comment on who is going to be here next year and who isn’t … I thought Carson did some good things, and I thought there are some things he needs to do a lot better.”

That is…not an endorsement, to say the least. And Ballard definitely appears to be frustrated with Wentz’s play overall.

And in case you’re wondering how Ballard felt about the loss to the Jaguars, which knocked the Colts out of the playoffs, he did not mince words.

As you can imagine, Ballard’s intense thoughts on Wentz and the end of the Colts season caused a lot of reactions on social media.

While it certainly won’t have the same impact, it sure sounds like we may one-day talk about the Eagles’ Carson Wentz trade in the same way we discuss the Cowboys’ Herschel Walker trade.

[Zak Keefer]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.