NFL Rumors: Carson Wentz to backup Dak Prescott in Dallas?
Before we get into this latest NFL rumor, can we all take a second to just imagine former Eagles QB Carson Wentz in a Dallas Cowboys jersey? Backing up Dak Prescott no less? It’s objectively hilarious and after hearing this rumor, I need it to happen.
In a recent article from “Blogging the Boys,” Jess Haynie laid out three reasons why the Cowboys might consider bringing in Carson Wentz as their backup. As of right now, backup QB doesn’t appear to be a need for Dallas. They still have Cooper Rush on the roster and he proved himself as a quality QB2 last season, going 4-1 as a starter while tossing five touchdowns to three interceptions.
With Dak’s injury history, perhaps Dallas would like a someone with a higher ceiling backing him up. A quarterback who, on occasion, can make the impossible look possible. The key phrase here: On occasion.
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Carson Wentz will not be one of the 32 starting quarterbacks to take the field Week 1 this upcoming season. His fall from grace is well documented, and after a pretty abysmal year in Washington where Wentz was benched in favor of Taylor Heinicke, his days as a franchise quarterback are behind him.
As Wentz still searches for a new team, there have been reports that the former second overall pick would be open to a backup role to continue his career. If Dallas is inclined to upgrade their backup situation, you’d be hard pressed to find a QB more talented than Wentz on the open market right now.
In her article, Haynie shares three reasons why Dallas should consider pursuing Wentz.
Three reasons why Dallas should pursue Carson Wentz, in the eyes of Jess Haynie:
- NFC East familiarity
- Mike McCarthy…?
The first two points Haynie brings up are valid. But Mike McCarthy? Let’s take a look at that one.
She writes, “Wentz’s style a gunslinger with a hero-ball complex is something McCarthy knows very well from his days in Green Bay. Both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers were these types of players, albeit more successful than Wentz, and that would make McCarthy an interesting coach (and play-caller now) for him if he ever did have to play.”
“McCarthy’s increased influence on offense after Kellen Moore’s departure will bring more West Coast principles, which is the same style that Wentz played in his best days with the Eagles. So not only does Wentz bring more natural talent to the table than Cooper Rush or Will Grier, but he could be better suited for running this latest version of the Cowboys’ offense.”
Although Carson Wentz has plenty of experience in the west coast system, he’s never truly looked comfortable in it. Great timing on routes, anticipation, consistent accuracy are all hallmarks of a west coast quarterback. Carson Wentz possesses none of those traits.
The best offense for Wentz is one that doesn’t feature him and opts to focus on running the ball as much as possible. When Wentz is inevitably given an opportunity to throw the ball, he’s going to want to scramble around or throw it deep. He would’ve thrived in the 80’s when every offense in the NFL ran the ball more than they passed it (except for Bill Walsh’s west coast offense, ironically enough).
In the end, if Dallas wants to sign Carson Wentz to be their backup, be my guest. Seeing him and Dak on the same sideline together would feel like an episode of the Twilight Zone at first. But, it would give us another reason to hate on Wentz. I’m in.
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Mandatory Credit: The Dallas Morning News