The Carson Wentz dilemma, Part 2: 10 reasons the Colts will bring him back

Oct 24, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) signals a first down during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
By Zak Keefer Feb 16, 2022 158
Yesterday, we dug into 10 reasons why the Colts will move on from the quarterback, Carson Wentz, they swapped a first- and third-round pick for just last spring.

There are plenty of reasons, starting with his dismal play down the stretch, why this team will want to look elsewhere for 2022. But it’s never that simple — moving Wentz would create another problem, one that doesn’t look very easy to solve.

While the team’s top decision-makers — owner Jim Irsay, general manager Chris Ballard and head coach Frank Reich — work through the Colts’ options, here are 10 reasons why Wentz returns in 2022.

1. Continuity

Moving on from Wentz would mean five different starting quarterbacks in Reich’s five seasons. It’s the type of turnover at the most critical position on the field that would bury most franchises. The Colts are no different.

Irsay, above all, knows this. He deeply values continuity, particularly within the three most important positions in his organization: general manager, head coach and starting quarterback. He’s had that with Ballard and Reich, who’ve been in Indianapolis now five and four seasons, respectively. The quarterback dilemma, more than anything, has been what’s held this franchise back.

Reich has tailored his offense each year to his new QB’s skill set — Andrew Luck in 2018, Jacoby Brissett in 2019, Philip Rivers in 2020 and Wentz last season.