Just days after apparently throwing him under the bus, Ron Rivera was vehemently defending Carson Wentz.
Following the Commanders’ 12-7 “Thursday Night Football” win over the Bears, Rivera was asked about a recent ESPN report which claimed the team’s decision to trade major capital for Wentz this past offseason was driven by owner Dan Snyder, not Rivera. The report suggested that Snyder wanted a “brand” quarterback who he believed would shield him from the repercussions of his other off-field issues.
The Commanders head coach immediately erupted, denouncing the report as inaccurate.
“Everyone keeps saying I didn’t want anything to do with Carson, well, bulls,” Rivera, in his third season in Washington, shouted at reporters. “I’m the fucking guy who pulled out the sheets, watched the scans, watched the moron tape, when we were in Indianapolis. And that’s what annoys me. Because the young man does not deserve to have that all the time. I’m sorry, I’m done.
Rivera’s tirade comes the same week he publicly ridiculed Wentz. When asked on Monday why the Commanders sat at 1-4 (they improved to 2-4 Thursday night) in his third season in charge compared to the rest of the division at 4-1, Rivera replied. bluntly: “Quarterback”.
The response made national headlines and prompted many, including former Washington quarterback Alex Smith, to chastise Rivera’s lack of accountability. Rivera later apologized to Wentz and said the two were on the same page before the game against the Bears. He also addressed the whole team about the comment.
“They played their asses,” Rivera said after the game. “They have. They played their asses for everyone. They go out and they show up, they work hard, they don’t complain, they hear everything and they have to deal with it. I get it, I respect them for that because they are resilient.
The Commanders acquired Wentz with a 2022 second-round pick in exchange for a 2022 second-round pick and 2022 and 2023 third-round picks, though the 2023 third-round pick converts to a second-round pick in the probable case where Wentz plays at least 70% of the offensive snaps. Washington is also paying his full $28 million salary.
Wentz completed 12 of 22 pass attempts for 99 yards in the win.
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