Eagles’ Carson Wentz Admits He Was A Bad Teammate: “I Know I’m Not Perfect”
There are two situations that can bring a wedge down between a teammate and the rest of the roster. One is the aging superstar who hasn’t realized that his body has changed. The other is the hurt player, fully aware of the situation. In the former, the individual can help out his team and be a part of their success. In the other, the individual can either hope that his absence proves his worth or that he isn’t needed for success.
When the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII with him out on the bench and then made the playoffs this year without him both times, quarterback Carson Wentz found that he wasn’t as valuable to his team as he might’ve thought. This created a divide within the team. When the Philly Voice published a story about Wentz being a bad teammate, Wentz didn’t outright deny it but he did refute multiple details. Now, he’s admitting that there’s some truth to it.
“I know who I am, first of all. I know how I carry myself. I know I’m not perfect. I know I have flaws,” he said during a recent interview. “So I’m not going to sit here and say it was inaccurate and completely made up. I’m not going to do that. But at the end of the day, I will say our locker room is really close. If there were guys that had issues, in hindsight, I wish we could have just talked about them. But, again, I don’t know how that all happened and everything with that.”
Wentz said he didn’t notice that there was friction building up. He initially tried to figure out who contributed to the story but then decided it didn’t matter.
“I’ll learn from it and we’ll all learn that A, things shouldn’t kind of come out the way it did, and B, the pieces that I can learn from it and be a better teammate and player and all that stuff I will grow from,” he said. “But other than that, just turn the page.”
The 26-year-old Wentz was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. This year, he threw for 3,074 yards and 21 touchdowns in 11 games before suffering a season-ending back injury. His backup Nick Foles is expected to be franchise-tagged by the team, though most expect him to be traded.