Commanders’ Rivera on Wentz: ‘I think we have a guy that we can now establish and rally around’

It’s hard to win in the NFL when you don’t have stability at the quarterback position, and for the Washington Commanders, finding that franchise quarterback has been tricky.

Over the last five seasons, Washington has had a different starting quarterback, and 2022 will make it the sixth consecutive season as quarterback Carson Wentz will start for the team when they host the Jaguars in the season-opener on Sunday.

Wentz is on his third team in three seasons, and he’s trying to prove he can still be a franchise quarterback. The 29-year-old is talented and was on course to be league MVP in 2017 until he tore his ACL late in the season. 

According to Commanders head coach Ron Rivera, Washington has a quarterback they can rally around. 

“Well, I think we have a quarterback. I do,’ he said Monday. “I think we have a guy that can help us. I mean, not to say we didn’t have some quality quarterbacks. Again, we did some pretty good things with when we had Alex Smith playing for us. I thought that was a great job by him, and again, I thought last year Taylor [Heinicke] did the things that he needed to do to help us. But I think we have a guy that we can now, you know, establish and rally around and build off of, which is what we tried to do in the off-season, as far as making sure we had a stout offensive line to protect him and in the playmakers and again, I’ll always refer to that cuz I think that’s what you have to do. Now in our circumstances, in our situation, I think we have a guy that, you know, we can establish and, and build around.”

Doug Pederson, who drafted and coached Wentz for five seasons in Philadelphia, says the seven-year veteran displays a ton of confidence.

He’s athletic, a big guy, and if you get a chance to tackle him, you’ve got to get him on the ground; he can make you pay with his legs,” Pederson said about Wentz. “I think he does play with a lot of confidence, honestly, and those guys around him will definitely support him.”

Kerrigan named assistant defensive line coach:

The Washington Commanders announced today that Ryan Kerrigan has been named assistant defensive line coach. Kerrigan will fill the role previously held by Jeff Zgonina who was promoted to the role of defensive line coach in training camp after the team fired Sam Mills III.

Kerrigan signed a one-day contract on July 29th, retiring as a member of the Burgundy and Gold. He is the Commanders all-time official sack leader.

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