“Y’all Would’ve Been Better Off With Jimmy Garoppolo”: Terrell Owens Doesn’t Think Carson Wentz Is Redeemable In The NFL

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One thing about Hall of Famer Terrell Owens, he is not going to hold back his opinions. Owens is never looking for new friends, whether it was his epic on-set media wars against Skip Bayless or his public dressing-down of his former Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb. The former Eagles wide receiver also took the birds seriously as a player and had a lot to say about former Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz, who is now with the Washington Commanders.

Owens feels that the Washington Commanders should have traded for Jimmy Garoppolo over Carson Wentz based on his performance.

“Y’all would’ve been better off with Jimmy Garoppolo, to be quite honest,” Owens said to hosts Josina Anderson and Fred Smoot on “The Crew” podcast. “I don’t understand why you feel like Carson Wentz is the answer. Carson Wentz hasn’t been the answer in either of the last two or three stops that he’s been. I get you were employed once by the Washington franchise organization, but you’re being political with the stiff answers right about now.”

Since being selected second overall in the 2016 NFL draft by the Eagles, Carson Wentz hasn’t figured out how to make magic with his NFL career. In March 2021, Philadelphia traded him to Indianapolis Colts, but ultimately it didn’t work, and they sent him to the Commanders this past March.

When Jimmy G was poised to play backup for Trey Lance on the San Francisco 49ers, he was pushed into the prime slot when Lance fractured his right ankle beginning the 2022 season. However, the Eagles reportedly could have had him. Garoppolo’s shoulder surgery allegedly disrupted an offseason trade with the Commanders before they acquired Wentz and were rebuffed by Commanders head coach Ron Rivera.

“That’s a lie. Coach Rivera cleared that up,” Fred Smoot said on the podcast. “Rivera kept it 100, saying it was a damn lie. They only want to talk about this now because Garoppolo gotta be their quarterback, so they gotta make sure their ex-girlfriend feels like she’s wanted. They’re trying to say we wanted Jimmy first instead of Carson.”

However, what remains is the mystique surrounding Wentz when he was in Philadelphia has long since dissipated, and his stint with the Commanders has done nothing to restore the luster. Now with his third team, the 29-year-old quarterback is not making an impact and took a pummeling at the hands of Jalen Hurts and the Eagles last Sunday.

Wentz was sacked nine times by his former team in the Eagles’ 24-8 win in Washington. Although he started the season strong with seven touchdown passes and a total of 650 yards in the Commanders’ first two games, he flopped against Philadelphia.

“This is what we get from Carson Wentz. We probably have seen the best of Carson Wentz when he was with the Philadelphia Eagles. That’s just the honesty and the reality of it,” Owens continued.

“Every stop that he’s been, you’ve seen glimpses of what he could be but there’s no consistency. And I think we all can agree with that with his play. No matter how good of a God-given talent he has, it’s not showing up on game day, on Sundays the way it should be.”


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Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.