Carson Wentz says he could be a better teammate, vows to learn from anonymous report

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is speaking for the first time about a report last month that characterized him as selfish and lacking a team mentality.

Wentz spoke with a small group of reporters recently at the team’s practice facility, according to ESPN, and outlets dropped the story Monday morning after the Eagles officially lost their reigning Super Bowl champion status.

Report paints Wentz in bad light

A January report from Joe Santoliquito at PhillyVoice cited numerous anonymous sources inside the Eagles locker room and NFL who characterized Wentz as “selfish,” “egotistical” and one who plays favorites on the field.

It reported that the 26-year-old is one who needs to “practice what he preaches” and that he fails “to take accountability.”

Teammates quickly rushed to his defense on Twitter and insisted the team is behind him.

Wentz takes accountability

In contrast to the story, Wentz took accountability for some of what was reported. From ESPN:

“I know who I am, first of all. I know how I carry myself. I know I’m not perfect. I know I have flaws,” he said during a sit-down with a small group of reporters at the Eagles’ practice facility recently. “So I’m not going to sit here and say it was inaccurate and completely made up. I’m not going to do that. But at the end of the day, I will say our locker room is really close. If there were guys that had issues, in hindsight, I wish we could have just talked about them. But, again, I don’t know how that all happened and everything with that.”

He said he didn’t sense the friction, but asked himself why others may have seen him that way and what he could do to better it in the future.

“I realize I have my shortcomings. Yes, I can be selfish. I think we all have selfishness inside of us. There’s human elements to that, that I really look at and say, ‘Well, I can get better.'”

Emotion of injuries plays its part

Went said he “maybe wasn’t the greatest teammate at times,” per ESPN, because of injuries that separated him from the group both in practice and in watching from the sidelines on game days.

Wentz came back from an ACL injury in 2018, but missed the Eagles final three games. Nick Foles, who quarterbacked the Eagles in the Super Bowl victory, took over again.

Wentz said he was “emotionally kind of all over the place” and neglected certain aspects of being a teammate and friend.

He described himself as a Type-A person, who at 26 is “to some extent” set in his personality. He said his confidence won’t change but he is learning to walk the line between being pushy and being humble.

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AMES, IA - AUGUST 30: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the North Dakota State Bison throws the ball in the second half of play against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Ames, Iowa. North Dakota State defeated Iowa State 34-14. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)
January 9, 2016: North Dakota State Bison quarterback Carson Wentz (11) celebrates after a touchdown during the FCS Championship game against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks at Toyota Stadium in Frisco Texas (Photo by Mikel Galicia/Icon Sportswire) (Photo by Mikel Galicia/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Quarterback Carson Wentz #17 of North Dakota State speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: (L-R) Carson Wentz of the North Dakota State Bison holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #2 overall by the Philadelphia Eagles during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 11: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles calls an audible at the line of scrimmage in the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on August 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Buccaneers 17-9. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
AUGUST 11, 2016: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) rolls out as he looks for an open receiver during the third quarter of the NFL preseason game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA (Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 19, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 09: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles hands the ball off to Darren Sproles #43 during the second quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 9, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Eagles 24-23. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
16 October 2016: Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is congratulated by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) following the game at FedEx Field, in Landover, MD. where the Washington Redskins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-20. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 23, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz (11) on the field prior to a NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles on October 30, 2016, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Ray Carlin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 11: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) rolls out to pass during the game between the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 11, 2016 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA. (Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 11: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles listens on the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on December 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Redskins won 27-22. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 03: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz visits the SiriusXM set at Super Bowl LI Radio Row at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM )
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 24: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs onto the field prior to the preseason game against the Miami Dolphins at Lincoln Financial Field on August 24, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with teammates Alshon Jeffery #17 and Torrey Smith #82 against of the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half on September 17, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 12: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the Carolina Panthers in the first quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 12, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off the field after the 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on October 23, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Wentz disputes portions of it

The PhillyVoice report included a mention that a “highly respected teammate” once verbally attacked Wentz for “not being a ‘team guy.'” The quarterback told reporters he “didn’t know what that was about.”

He also denied that he didn’t want rushing plays since it was “Foles stuff,” and that he “bullied” offensive coordinator Mike Groh. He said the two had “healthy dialogue” and to say he bullied the coordinator was “disrespectful to Groh.”

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 (R) of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up as injured quarterback Carson Wentz #11 (L) looks on before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on December 31, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Carson Wentz #11 and Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate their teams win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings 38-7. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) have a quick laugh together during the NFC Championship Game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles on January 21, 2018 at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 38-7. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - JANUARY 31: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on as teammate Nick Foles #9 passes the ball during Super Bowl LII practice on January 31, 2018 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on February 4th. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Carson Wentz #11 and Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles take the field prior to Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with teammate injured quarterback Carson Wentz #11 after defeating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 12: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks to Carson Wentz #11 during Eagles minicamp at the NovaCare Complex on June 12, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Quarterbacks Nick Foles #9, Nate Sudfeld #7 and Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles, acknowledge fans as Wentz hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy atop a parade bus during festivities on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The city celebrated the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl LII championship with a victory parade. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09: Nick Foles #9 and Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles look on prior to the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field on August 9, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 30: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on while Carson Wentz #11 warms up behind him prior to the preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 30, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 06: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up as Carson Wentz #11 looks on before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field on September 6, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 06: Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles (9) and Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz (11) discuss a play during a NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles on September 6, 2018 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia,PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 23: (L-R) Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles and teammate quarterback Nick Foles #9 look on during warm ups before taking on the Indianapolis Colts at Lincoln Financial Field on September 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 23: (L-R) Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles and teammate quarterback Nick Foles #9 warm up before taking on the Indianapolis Colts at Lincoln Financial Field on September 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 07: Carson Wentz #11 (L) of the Philadelphia Eagles throws the ball next to Nick Foles #9 before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field on October 7, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off the field as Carson Wentz #11 looks on in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Texans 32-30. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23: Carson Wentz #11 speaks with Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles before the game against the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia defeats Houston 32-30. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 30: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on as Nick Foles #9 throws the ball before the game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 30, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 06: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) look on before an NFL NFC Wild Card football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears on January 06, 2019, at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Daniel Bartel/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Wentz also spoke about previous coordinator Frank Reich, adding that their competitive arguments were also healthy.

That stuff happens,” Wentz said. “That’s, I think, what good football teams have, the ability to respectfully do that and kind of be stubborn and those things. It was the same way with Groh.” 

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