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Chris Ballard defends Carson Wentz amid personality criticism

The Carson Wentz era in Philadelphia didn’t end well, but the team that traded for him seems to believe that they can get the quarterback of old, not the turnover machine we’ve seen over the past two seasons.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what has impacted Wentz’s performance most, whether it’s been injuries, issues with his mechanics or playing behind one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, but his confidence has disappeared. It looked like he was “seeing ghosts” every time he stepped foot on the field, as he was hesitant in going through his progressions, and also seemed to sense pressure, even when it wasn’t coming.

But now he’s been given a second chance, in a new environment, with one of the top offensive lines in the league protecting him.

The Colts traded for Wentz a few months ago, making the 28-year-old the league’s most interesting reclamation project. But few have forgotten about the leadership issues stemming from Wentz’s tenure in Philadelphia, including the Colts general manager. However, Chris Ballard seems to feel that Wentz was misunderstood, and is just more of a quiet leader, like Andrew Luck.

“He’s got a great sense of humor, doesn’t take himself too seriously,” Ballard said, via The Indianapolis Star. “He’s dialed in, he works. I’d probably compare him a little more to Andrew (Luck) than to Philip (Rivers).”

Philadelphia is a tough city to play in, as a big media market with a passionate fan base. We believe Wentz will have success in Indy, but time will tell.