After the Philly Voice released a story that claimed Carson Wentz (or as the author nicknamed him the “Teflon Ginger”) was a selfish, controlling, egotistical, bully inside the Eagles organization, the majority of team leaders and prominent figures on the team came to the franchise quarterback’s defense.
Despite the story claiming to have quotes from 6 out of 53 players, almost every player in a starting role on both offense and defense claimed the story did not carry any weight. Wentz, they said, was a great leader inside the locker room.
Reading through this Carson Wentz thing and as a leader on this team none of that is true Carson is a great teammate and great player we are all behind him 100% he’s our guy and will come back and prove the world wrong. If you got a problem feel free to @ me I’ll respond
— fletcher cox (@fcoxx_91) January 21, 2019
Don’t believe everything you read!!! Carson has been nothing but a GREAT person, GREAT teammate and GREAT leader since Day 1. Our locker room stands behind him all the way. We can’t wait to get back to work and be the best team we can be in 2019! #FlyEaglesFly
— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) January 21, 2019
Whoever wrote that article needs to check their "sources". #fakenews
Carson has been and is our leader and our QB. Y'all know where to find me if you have any issues.#flyeaglesfly
— Lane Johnson (@LaneJohnson65) January 21, 2019
— Nate Sudfeld (@NateSudfeld) January 21, 2019
While it was clear the story didn’t have much weight to it, one factor still had people scratching their heads.
Where was Alshon Jeffery’s defense of Wentz?
Almost every starter spoke up but Jeffery’s silence kept the story interesting. Parts of the article discussed receivers not being happy with the majority of targets going to Zach Ertz.
Today the speculation of Jeffery potentially being a source seems over. The veteran receiver was seen at the 76ers-Lakers game with Wentz.
Hey Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffery at Sixers Lakers today!
Wow I guess Carson’s teammates like hangin with him!
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) February 10, 2019
Some current Philly guys and some future Phillie guy.
Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery and Mike Trout all showed up for the Sixers game this afternoon! pic.twitter.com/B1hKBrapoU
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) February 10, 2019
Unless Jeffery is really good at pretending he likes Wentz, there is no way he could have said things in the story like “He’s had his ass kissed his whole life, and sometimes acts like he’s won 10 Super Bowls, when he hasn’t played in, let alone won, a playoff game yet.”
It was hard to believe from the start. Jeffery has been one of the more selfless players in two years with the Eagles. The main reason he came to Philadelphia was to play and win with Carson Wentz who he wanted to help win MVP.
Alshon Jeffery says Carson Wentz had lot to do with decision to come to #Eagles🦅
"He's going to be a future MVP"
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) March 10, 2017
So with Jeffery seemingly crossed off the list, the six players that have an ax to grind with Wentz don’t appear to be important pieces of the franchise.
Definitely hurts the credibility of a story that already had major holes to it from a journalistic perspective.
Wentz did not deny that he wasn’t as connected with teammates while rehabbing his torn ACL in the summer. However, the majority of claims made in the article looked to be over dramatized and spun in a negative light.
Some claims in the story were portrayed as negative when in the past, they were positive traits that the Eagles fell in love with when drafting Wentz.
It was hard to get past the clear bias in the story as the author repeatedly took shots at Wentz without quotes. “His aw-shucks, overgrown-Opie-from-Mayberry routine plays well with the local and national media.”
Seems that we can put this story to rest.
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