The Tennessee Titans’ biggest competition for the 2021 AFC South title, the Indianapolis Colts, got a new quarterback on Thursday.

Indianapolis sent a third-round pick and a conditional second-rounder to the Eagles for QB Carson Wentz, who will slide in as the Colts’ starter for the 2021 season.

While there’s a chance that Wentz, who struggled mightily in 2020, can get things turned around, it’s not very likely. That’s good news for the Titans.

Wentz looked completely broken during the 2020 season. He was a shell of the version of himself that entered the NFL MVP conversation back in 2017.

In helping the Eagles stumble to a 4-11-1 record, Wentz threw 15 interceptions in 2020 and just 16 touchdowns. Most of those interceptions were really ugly.

He also took a whopping 50 sacks and delivered a career-worst 57.4 completion percentage.

Why would the Colts give up assets for a player coming off such a disastrous season? There are really two reasons.

First, in all likelihood, they believe that their head coach, Frank Reich, will be able to “fix” Wentz.

The odds of that happening, though, are slim.

Reich was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator when Wentz saw his greatest success in 2017 and Wentz’s decline began the moment that Reich left for Indianapolis.

While there’s certainly a connection, there, it would be delusional to believe that being back under Reich’s tutelage will magically elevate Wentz back to playing at a Pro-Bowl level.

Additionally, it’s not like Wentz was playing for a terrible coaching staff in Philadelphia after Reich left.

It would be one thing if Wentz’s downfall had come at the hands of someone like Adam Gase or Hue Jackson, but it came at the hands of Doug Pederson, a well-respected coach with a Super Bowl ring.

The second reason the Colts gave up assets for a struggling player is that they really had no choice.

The Colts’ 2020 starting QB, Philip Rivers, announced his retirement from the NFL in January. His backup, Jacoby Brissett, is set to be an unrestricted free agent in March. Brissett’s backup, Jacob Eason, is a very raw and unreliable player.

And, since the Colts don’t have a top draft pick because they made the playoffs in 2020, drafting a quarterback isn’t a viable option. So, Wentz was probably their best choice, albeit by default.

This wasn’t a terrible trade for the Colts, but it also wasn’t a good one. It’s dangerous any time a team is forced to make a move because they have no alternative, and that’s exactly what this situation was for the Colts.

Titans fans shouldn’t be giddy about this trade, because Wentz likely will improve to some degree in 2021, but he’ll probably prove to be a downgrade from Rivers.

  • Wentz image: Eric Hartline / USA Today
  • Titans image: George Walker IV / The Tennessean


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