Welcome to the first edition of Rob's Rants in which CSNPhilly's Rob Ellis does just that about the hottest topics in Philly sports.
Carson the consultant
Carson Wentz on Tuesday downplayed an NFL.com report that he asked Howie Roseman at the end of last season, “What are you going to do this offseason to improve this team?"
Wentz said they "kind of addressed some things" but "people made that more than it really was" and the front office "went out and got us some weapons, got us some new pieces, so I think they did a great job."
I’m not buying it. The proof is in the pudding.
With little cap wiggle room, Roseman landed arguably the biggest free-agent wideout on the market and netted a burner on the outside for a very team-favorable deal. Not to mention bolstering the offensive line and signing a short-yardage back who can move the chains and cash inside the 5-yard line.
Why wouldn’t Wentz speak up? He didn’t need to be a 10-year vet to know he was given a knife to do battle in a gun fight last year. And if you're Roseman, Wentz is your meal ticket. He should have been in full E.F. Hutton mode to whatever request the kid put forth.
We’ll always have Instagram
Allen Iverson’s no-show act for his BIG3 team in Dallas over the weekend can’t be viewed as any kind of surprise. This is who he is. You take the good with the bad. He was rightfully beloved for what he brought on the floor. His play was electric, and no one gave you more from tip to final buzzer.
It was that pesky time before and after the game that proved tricky. It was that “real” factor that endeared him so to the city’s populace. He was flawed, he was unpredictable, and he was irresponsible.
Like many of us.
I always got a kick out of Allen's former eccentric coach, Larry Brown, when he would suggest that A.I. should be given a job in the Sixers' organization. Larry’s logic in part was that Allen would be great communicating with players. Other than telling them to play every game like it’s their last, what other wisdom is he imparting? He’s 42 years old now and still can’t manage to show up on time — or at all — to an event or a game. He and Ice Cube are the primary draws for this new endeavor, and he’s doing his best to sabotage it.
But hey, at least he cared enough about his beloved Philadelphia fans to Instagram them a message 20 minutes before tipoff. After “consulting” with a doctor, he was advised not to play. What A.I. failed to mention was, those medical practitioners were doctors Dr. J and Dre.
Cockroach in camp
Tuesday marked the first day of tackling at Eagles training camp. In addition to the physicality, the aforementioned Wentz looked very sharp on his deep throws, and cornerback Patrick Robinson continued to get beaten (see more in Dave Zangaro's daily observations).
But we also had a Cowboy fan sighting. Yes, someone turned over a rock or flipped a light switch and one of them found their way to the NovaCare Complex. And he was everything you’d expect: an attention-starved jackass. When given the option of taking his Dallas jersey off or leaving, he opted to exit. If only we could employ this tactic to every one of these vermin in the Delaware Valley. Dare to dream.