I Still Don’t Believe In The “Wentz Hype”

It’s been a little over two months since Carson Wentz was drafted with the second overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s been a little over two months since Wentz held up his new jersey on stage with Commissioner Goodell in Chicago, IL. It’s been a little over two months, and I still don’t believe ANY of the hype surrounding Carson Wentz.

Everyone likes to try and explain these “intangibles” that he posses, such as great size and athleticism. You can have all of the intangibles in the world, but if you don’t have a resume of facing top-tier talent (FBS), then those intangibles don’t mean a thing in my book.

For those who may not know, Wentz was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the #2 overall pick out of North Dakota State. At NDSU, Wentz racked up 45 TD’s on 5,115 passing yards throughout his four years there.

Those sound like impressive numbers, right? Not until you see who he was playing.

Western Illinois! Northern Iowa! Southern Illinois! Teams where the “big dogs” of D-1 football would have their backups in by halftime if they were to play them.

And even though he had a very impressive record during his college tenure, it’s not like Wentz went up against top D-1 teams like Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Michigan State, etc… To me, a guy from the Missouri Valley Conference would be the biggest gamble EVER if he were taken anywhere near the Top 5 of the draft, ESPECIALLY #2.

And that’s exactly what the Eagles took, a gamble.

Before the NFL Draft even began, the Philadelphia Eagles were looking to make a splash in the draft, and they decided to “gamble” their future to do it. To get the #2 pick, the Eagles agreed to hand over three picks in 2016 (first, third, and fourth round), one pick in 2017 (first round), and one pick in 2018 (second round) to the Cleveland Browns.

In my opinion, if you are going to give up that much for one guy, then he better be the second coming of Joe Montana in the end! (Just saying!)

Comparisons To Past FCS Draft Picks

“But what about Joe Flacco? He was drafted in the first round out of the (FCS),” some may say.

First off, Joe Flacco wasn’t picked #2 overall. Flacco was picked 18th in that draft by the Baltimore Ravens. So how you can compare the two is BEYOND me!

But besides that, Joe Flacco hasn’t been anything special as of late. Yes, he has one Super Bowl win. But he also had a top 3 defense that season lead by the likes of Ray Lewis and co.

Statistically, Flacco has been Top 10 in the league in TD’s ONCE in his career, (tied for 10th in 2010). Besides that, Flacco has not been Top 10 in the league in any other major passing statistic the rest of his career.

So if you are going to pursue a guy like Wentz the way the Eagles have, he better not be a “Joe Flacco.” He better become a franchise player and a Top 5 passer in the league. Not a middle of the pack guy.

Play To Impress

Even though the media and all of these insiders have been hyping up Wentz for some time now, I still don’t believe it. Until Wentz steps out on an NFL field and lives up to the hype, I will not be a believer.

(And if you have something to say about it, tweet me @KShermanSports.)


Dwyane Wade Is NOT The Answer For The Chicago Bulls

For those of you that may not have seen the constant bombardment of media outlets covering this story, the Chicago Bulls have signed the 34-year old Chicago Native with a history of knee problems named Dwyane Wade.

Wait, didn’t they just get rid of a “Hometown Son” with a history of knee problems a few weeks ago? Isn’t this a little counter-productive?

Anyway, signing Wade is unnecessary for the process of going younger for the future. The Bulls “brass” is stuck in this perpetual cycle where they “must win now,” with putting asses in seats being a “job well done” if they can’t.

That is exactly what you are going to get with Wade. His presence on the team will make it seem like the Bulls are in a “must win” mode. But in the end, he will just turn into a big name that put fans in the building because of his Chicago ties and his championship pedigree.

“But what about attracting big names during next year’s free agency,” some may say?

What free agents are the Bulls going to attract? What makes you think that any free-agent is going to be impressed by Rondo, old man Wade, Butler, and the Rec-League All-Stars?

“So then what would you do,” someone may ask?

Don’t throw all your eggs in one basket. Meaning, don’t give a majority of your money to an older version of Derrick Rose just to save face with your fan base.

Wade is going to be 35 years old, and has only played 70+ games ONCE since the 2010-2011 season.

Instead, what should have been done was the Bulls should have signed a cheap big man that can put up 8-10 points and 8 boards a game, along with another cheap wing that you can put in to eat up minutes.

By doing this, the Bulls open up even more cap room to use on the bigger free agents next year, such as Russel Westbrook, Blake Griffin, and more! Not saying that they will land these guys, but it’s worth having more money to spend then not.

WITHOUT WADE, the Bulls would be garbage next year, and would absolutely not make the postseason. WITHOUT WADE, the Bulls would have a higher chance of snagging a high lottery pick in a draft that is laced with top-tier young talent.

But with Wade, the Bulls would be lucky to see a pick above 18.

There goes the young talent rebuild!