The Washington Commanders and quarterback Carson Wentz have gotten off to a rocky start in 2022.
After losing to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, 25-10, the Commanders have dropped to 1-3 on the season. A lot of people are blaming Wentz, who hasn’t exactly been setting the world on fire. And many of them are asking, is it time to bench Wentz and admit failure?
Carson Wentz this season:
— 2nd in pass attempts
— 13th in yards
— 1st in interceptions (tied)
— 1st in sacks taken pic.twitter.com/85OW8zH1xK
— StatMuse (@statmuse) October 3, 2022
Former Washington quarterback and ESPN analyst Robert Griffin III doesn’t think it’s time to bench Wentz just yet.
RG3 thinks it's too soon to bench Carson Wentz. https://t.co/H8f1w5S2e6
— 106.7 The Fan (@1067theFan) October 3, 2022
“I’ve seen some people say ‘Hey, maybe they should get Heinicke in or bring the young kid in from North Carolina, Sam Howell,'” Griffin said during an appearance on The Sports Junkies. “The thing that I look at when I see that is look, they’re paying Carson Wentz way too much money, and he’s had too many moments where you’re like ‘Oh wow, what a throw, what a play,’ for them to do that at this point.
“And protecting him – yes, Heincke might be a little more athletic, Sam Howell is definitely more athletic, we know that from what we saw in the preseason and from what I saw from him in college. But Carson’s got to tap into that athletic side of him again. Right now I think he’s trying to play quarterback and I just think he needs to play football.”
Carson Wentz is probably Washington’s best chance to win ball games, but if things don’t start turning around soon, it won’t be long before they look elsewhere.