On Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts tanked in a stunning loss that cost them a playoff bid.

On Monday, Frank Reich declined to commit to Carson Wentz’s future as the team’s starting quarterback. The Colts head coach was asked directly about Wentz’s role moving forward during his season-ending news conference. Here’s what he had to say, per the Indianapolis Star: 

“We loved the team we had this year, we knew everyone we brought in this year, we expected to play winning football,” Reich said. “Next year’s roster will be next year’s roster. I don’t want to open it up about one player and then start talking about all of them.”

That adds up to a long-winded “no comment” from Reich, who spent the aftermath of Sunday’s 26-11 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in a “demanding” meeting with owner Jim Irsay instead of looking ahead to a wild-card game next weekend. Wentz’s shortcomings on Sunday were a big reason why.

The first-year Colts quarterback who arrived via offseason trade from the Philadelphia Eagles completed 17 of 29 passes for 185 yards with an interception and a meaningless touchdown in the game’s final five minutes. He took six sacks for a loss of 46 yards, with one resulting in a fumble that set up a Jaguars field goal. 

His interception on the first play of a third-quarter drive set up a Jaguars touchdown that all but ensured the game’s outcome.

The loss to the league-worst 3-14 Jaguars cemented a late-season collapse that saw the Colts drop consecutive chances to secure a playoff berth including Week 17’s loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. It abruptly extinguished chatter that they were dark-horse Super Bowl contenders. 

Will Carson Wentz play for the Colts next season? (Nathan Ray Seebeck/Reuters)

Wentz started every game for Indianapolis this season. He tied his career low with seven interceptions while throwing 27 touchdowns a season after throwing 15 interceptions in 12 starts with the Eagles. He also lost five fumbles, and his 62.6% completion rate,…



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