Carson Wentz made his first introduction to fans as the new quarterback of the Washington Commanders on Wednesday. It was a memorable one, if even for all the wrong reasons.
You can hear the whir of the jet as Wentz looks into the camera to make his long-awaited Commanders social media debut, which had to wait until the new league year officially began at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
"What's up, Commanders fans," says a smiling Wentz. "Just landed in D.C. I'm excited to get to work. I'm excited to come in and compete. And, as we all know, I'm excited to really go ahead and start to take command."
Nothing about this is fair, nor is it Wentz's fault, and he'll surely have plenty of opportunities to smooth things over. But it is, nevertheless, awkward as hell.
It feels like someone on staff suddenly remembered the team's Wentz social media blitz was about to begin and realized they didn't have anything from the quarterback himself yet.
106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier reacted to the video accordingly:
Paulsen: The 'take command' thing, he says 'as well all know.'
Rouhier: As we all know...
Paulsen: Carson, this is not your fault. We don't know that. No one knows that. No one knows what that means.
Rouhier: The long history and tradition of taking command.
Paulsen: Again, not his fault. This should not be taken as beating up Carson Wentz. Someone handed him a phone and they go, 'Hey, we need you to do us a favor. Say hey to the fans and make sure you say take command at the end.' And so he kind of awkwardly is like, 'and as we all know, take command.' But the problem is no one knows that.
With the new team name announced only a month and a half ago, Wentz is the first player (in a highly visible spot, mind you) to have to make verbal sense of the 'Take Command' tagline. There is no winning there. However he said it was bound to come off clunky. And it did.
Perhaps somebody with keys to the social media kingdom could have given it the once over, then reasonably concluded 'maybe we shouldn't press send.'