Just days after reputedly throwing him below the bus, Ron Rivera used to be vehemently protecting Carson Wentz.
Following the Commanders’ 12-7 “Thursday Night Football” win over the Bears, Rivera used to be requested about a contemporary ESPN record that claimed the group’s choice to business vital capital for Wentz this previous offseason used to be pushed by means of proprietor Dan Snyder, now not Rivera. The record advised Snyder desired a “marquee” quarterback that he believed would give protection to him from the repercussions of his different off-field issues.
The Commanders head trainer straight away exploded, denouncing the record as misguided.
“Everyone keeps wanting to say I didn’t want to have anything to do with Carson, well bulls–t,” Rivera, in his 0.33 season in Washington, screamed at journalists. “I’m the f–king guy that pulled out the sheets of paper, that looked at the analytics, that watched the tape of the fricken, when we were in Indianapolis. And that’s what pisses me off. Because the young man doesn’t deserve to have that all the time. I’m sorry, I’m done.”
Rivera’s tirade comes the similar week he publicly ridiculed Wentz. When requested on Monday why the Commanders sat at 1-4 (they progressed to 2-4 Thursday night time) in his 0.33 season in fee in comparison to the remainder of the department at 4-1, Rivera answered bluntly: “Quarterback.”
The solution drew nationwide headlines, and brought about many, together with former Washington quarterback Alex Smith, to chastise Rivera’s loss of responsibility. Rivera later apologized to Wentz, and had stated the 2 have been at the identical web page heading into the matchup with the Bears. He addressed all of the group in regards to the remark as neatly.
“They’ve played their asses off,” Rivera stated after the sport. “They have. They’ve played their asses off for everybody. They come out and they show up, they work hard, they don’t complain, they hear all the stuff and they’ve got to deal with it. I get that, I respect them for that because they’re resilient.”
The Commanders got Wentz together with a 2022 second-round select in change for a 2022 second-round select and 2022 and 2023 third-round selections, regardless that the 2023 third-rounder converts to a second-rounder within the most likely case Wentz performs no less than 70 p.c of offensive snaps. Washington additionally crucially is paying his whole $28 million wage.
Wentz finished 12 of twenty-two passing makes an attempt for 99 yards within the win.