Commanders’ Rivera believes in Sam Howell

Since joining the Commanders in 2020, head coach Ron Rivera and the team have had a hard time finding a franchise quarterback. Whether it was Alex Smith, Dwayne Haskins, Taylor Heinicke, or Carson Wentz, none of those players gave Washington stability at the quarterback position. 

In 2023, Washington hopes quarterback Sam Howell can lead the way for the franchise. The fifth-round pick in the 2022 draft beat out Jacoby Brissett for the job, and Rivera believes the team finally has their guy going forward.

“You know, my first three years, every year it was a conversation,” Rivera said on Wednesday about the quarterback position. “Every year, it was a point of discussion. Every year, it was, ‘Well, what are we gonna do? How are we gonna do it?’ And then trying to figure out what resources could you use. You know, do we try to trade for this guy? I mean, the amount of work that was done two years ago, I mean, you spent a lot of time because you wanna get it right, you try to get it right, and you know how important it is, especially in this league today. And I know, there was a really good stretch, especially under [Former Washington Head] Coach [Joe] Gibbs, that they were able to find that guy and have that guy available. I mean, you win three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks. Obviously, you’ve got something rolling, and we’re trying to find that, and we feel pretty comfortable, pretty good about the guy this year. We feel very strongly. I know I do going into this season that we’ve got a guy…

“I think there’s not that question mark still, you know what I’m saying? For three seasons, I’ve always felt that I had a question mark, and now it feels like, ‘Okay, this is pretty good.’ I mean, I’m pretty comfortable, pretty confident, and I look forward to seeing it. I really do. I mean, the other night seeing it was, ‘Wow, he did some really nice things, and let’s keep rolling, let’s keep growing, and hopefully it continues.’”

Howell played well against the Ravens on Monday night and showed some flashes. However, there are still questions about the second-year quarterback, which will only be answered during the regular season. 

For now, there’s optimism in Washington.

Commanders’ Howell: ‘I’m always confident in my abilities just to come out here and perform’

The Washington Commanders made it official on Friday. Sam Howell will be the team’s starting quarterback for Washington’s season-opener against the Arizona Cardinals.

The second-year quarterback beat out veteran Jacoby Brissett to get the job and to lead the Commanders into the 2023 season.

Washington had a preseason game against the Browns, where Howell played fairly well, and the Commanders had joint practices with the Ravens this week. Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said Howell’s performance against the Ravens got him the job.

“I think after the first practice against Baltimore,” Rivera said. “That was the high watermark for me in terms of having to see him show us that he is capable of doing the things that we need him to do. You know, it was a very good day.

“There was a lot of positive things that came out of it, and blocking the tape back at the office I had at the hotel, a little room I had, I kept thinking to myself, you know, that’s what I wanted to see, that’s what I wanted to see. And so I wanted to make sure that when we got back yesterday, we had an opportunity because the players were off. I wanted to make sure we had an opportunity to talk about what we’re seeing and make sure it was the things that we needed to see, and we all agreed. So, I just feel confident enough going and comfortable enough to say that Sam’s our guy, and we really think that he’s done those things.”

Howell is appreciative of the opportunity.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity that the coaches have given me,” Howell said. “Shout out to [Head] Coach [Ron] Rivera for just believing in me and always trusting me really since I got here. I just shout out to him and all my coaches, [Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator] [Eric Bieniemy] EB, [Quarterbacks Coach] Tavita [Pritchard], [Senior Offensive Advisor/Game Management] [Ken] Zampese, [Assistant Quarterbacks/Offensive Quality Control] Luke [Del Rio], all the guys, [QB] Jacob [Brissett].”

Throughout the QB competition, the 22-year-old was confident in his ability to get the job done.

“Yeah, I mean, obviously, I’m always confident in my abilities just to come out here and perform and do well for this football team,” he said. “I think just throughout camp every single day, I’ve gotten better and more comfortable, and I feel like I’m in a really good place right now with the offense. I feel really good going out there every single day, and I feel good about my chances to go out there and execute.”

The Commanders made the right move in making the fifth-round pick in the 2022 draft the team’s starting quarterback. We know what Brissett is as a player, but we need to know what Howell can be, and the team should give him an opportunity to be the team’s franchise quarterback. 

We’ll see if he gets the job done.




Commanders’ Rivera clarifies comments on Bieniemy

On Tuesday, Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera made some interesting comments regarding his assistant head coach/offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.

According to Rivera, players have approached him about concerns regarding Bieniemy’s hard-nosed coaching style.

Before joining the Commanders this offseason,  Bieniemy, who played nine seasons in the NFL, spent the last five seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs.

On Wednesday, Rivera clarified his statements.

“Well, listen, I want to open up with this pretty much. I realized my comments yesterday took on a different life than I intended yesterday, and that’s on me for not being as clear as I needed to be. I’ll own that. At the end of the day, we know that we’re trying to build here and we’re all aligned. As I’ve said many times since I’ve hired [Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator] Eric [Bieniemy], I love the overall message that he gave to the team his first day. That was basically, we got to learn to be comfortable when we’re uncomfortable. And I think what’s happened is for those guys on that side of the ball, things are uncomfortable. There’s been a lot of change and the entire way of doing things has changed on the offensive side. Change is hard and I’ve always encouraged our players to have great dialogue and build relationships with our staff. Since those conversations took place with Eric and the players, I’ve seen the improvements.

“I can honestly say that the last couple of practices probably have been the best of training camp, which I think is great. To me, that displays a team is beginning to embrace the message and approach to how he does things and how we want things done. I also want to clear up the evidence I made about [Defensive Coordinator] Jack [Del Rio] in comparison to Eric. I did not communicate that correctly and I met with Eric. We had a great conversation and that was cool. I think the biggest thing is that we’re all on the same page. Everybody. I’m fortunate to have an experienced staff, guys like Eric and Jack, and a roster of players who want to help this franchise take the next step. We’re all working to build a culture where players and staff can respect each other’s point of views and the way that we do things and continue to be very professional with one another. At the end of the day, we’re all a family and we’re working towards the same goal, and that’s to win. I just wanted to get that out there so everybody understands. I wasn’t as clear as I probably needed to be, and I own that and that’s on me.”

On why he would mention his comments from yesterday:

“I think just to show the difference in who they are. You know, one guy’s experience is different from the other guy’s experience, but we all do things our way and we all have the same goal in mind and that’s to win. I think the best thing about it too is our players have learned their communications with our coaches. I think that has been a big part of why you’re starting to see the improvement because everybody understands why, why we’re doing these things, what we’re trying to get accomplished and that’s important.”

On clarification regarding comments about the coordinators style of coaching:

“I was just trying to convey that we all have our own way of doing things, you know, and neither one’s better than the other. I mean, I had [Former NFL Head Coach] Buddy Ryan riding me for two years, I had [Former NFL Head Coach] Mike Ditka riding me for nine, and it’s the way they did things. You know, their approach is completely different from mine. I’m not saying one’s better than the other, I’m just saying that we’re all different. We all have our ways.”

On his comments regarding player concerns with Eric Bieniemy:

“I think the biggest thing more than anything else is everybody just wanted to know why, you know, what’s he trying to get out of it? And when you understand why, why people do the things the way they do ’em, and you look at the end result, that’s the important thing. The best part is we’re seeing them, you can’t deny yesterday was a good practice. Can you? I mean, from my perspective, when I watched practice yesterday, I was very pleased. I think a lot of it is because guys understand what we’re trying to do and that’s what I think is important. They understand it because they’ve had open dialogue with them and that’s the thing. I mean, honestly, the articles that were written yesterday, and I saw a couple of the headlines, the headlines could say, oh, the players understand, the players are getting it. You know what I’m saying? Instead of what they said and if you sit there and you read it and you go, wow. But it’s the same thing for you guys. You get a new editor, comes in and he’s going to be different and you got to go, oh wow, why does he do that? But then all of a sudden you see why and you go, whoa, I get it. Well, that’s what’s happening. We’re having these aha moments and it’s because there’s been open dialogue, it’s because guys have come to him and talked to him about it and that’s what is really appreciative is that guys are willing to talk and Eric’s very honest and very blunt and very upfront, which I think is great. Because we all know where we stand, and that’s the most important thing.”

On Eric Bieniemy’s reception of his guidance and advice:

“Absolutely. I mean, it’s been great. He knows who he is and he knows how he’s going to do things and that’s great. I mean, we all do things differently and that’s all he’s done is just do it his way, do things the way that he knows how to do ’em best and I have an appreciation of that. Because I said, I’ve probably played for two of the toughest throwback type guys that you could have and to me, Eric is a little bit of a throwback.”

On if the comments from yesterday created a perception of softness:

“Well, I think the biggest thing more than anything else is just the perception, you know, and that’s the thing that we all deal with. As I said, no, I think what it is trying to understand why, more so than anything else and that’s why, to me, it was important. I just tell them, hey, just go talk to him and Eric has an open door. Guys came in, guys talk with them and you’re starting to see the results when you look on the field, guys understand they get it. Guys aren’t fighting it, guys just kind of want to know why.”

On if he addressed his comments yesterday with the team: 


On the expectations of hiring Eric Bieniemy:

“I didn’t expect anything other than what we’ve gotten and that’s the guy that who he is, true to his personality. That was one of the things that drew me to him. I mean, I waited till the end of the Super Bowl to interview him and hire him. He’s been everything that people have told me who he is, they told me he’s going to hold people accountable, he’s going to be the kind of guy that’s going to go out there and do the things that he does and knows how to do and he’s been that, and the players are getting that. I mean, again, like I said, the last couple of practices have all pointed to one thing and that is the growth of this football team and not just on the offense, but overall. I mean, his impact is being felt by our offensive guys. His impact is being felt by everybody.”

On players coming to him about Eric Bieniemy and his practices:

“No, just different things. They just wanted to understand him and I think the biggest thing is guys go talk to him, find out who he is and that’s really what’s happened. I think that’s, to me, has been a really good thing that’s helped him and helping the players.”

Bieniemy: ‘Eric Bieniemy is a tough, hard-nosed coach’

Washington Commanders assistant head coach/offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has been known to coach players “hard” over the years; whether it’s as a running backs coach in Minnesota or as an OC in Kansas City, Bieniemy tries to get the most out of his players.

At this point, he appears to be doing the same in Washington.

On Tuesday, Commanders head coach Ron Rivera discussed Bieniemy’s intense style and how players are adjusting to it. According to Rivera, he has talked to players about how to handle Bieniemy.

“One of the biggest things is I had a number of guys come to me, and I said, hey, just go talk to him(Bieniemy),” Rivera said. “I said, understand what he’s trying to get across to you. And I think as they go and they talk, and they listen to him, it’s been enlightening for a lot of these guys. I mean, it’s a whole different approach. Again, you’re getting a different kind of player from the players back in the past, especially in light of how things are coming outta college football. So, a lot of these young guys, they do struggle with certain things, and a lot you got to take for where they’ve been. I mean, guys coming from certain programs are used to it; guys coming from other programs aren’t as much. Us as a coach, I kind of have to assimilate and get a feel for everybody. 

“Eric has an approach, and it’s the way he does things, and he’s not going to change because he believes in it. [Defensive Coordinator] Jack [Del Rio] has his approach, having been a head coach, I think Jack has a tendency to try and figure guys out a little bit more as opposed to, hey, this is it, this is the way it’s going to be that type of stuff. Where Eric hasn’t had that experience yet.”

In addition, according to Rivera, some players have come to him with concerns about Bieniemy’s coaching style.

Bieniemy discussed his intensity on Tuesday. 

“I’ve been coaching since I retired from football,” he said. “So, you got to understand this, with the group, I’m always going to remain the same. I’m always going to be loud, and I’m always going to be vocal. I’m always going to demand from our leaders. But on top of that, I’m watching everything. Body language, how we address in the huddle, how we’re getting up to the line of scrimmage, how we’re presenting ourselves. Those things are important because you got to send a message to the defense. 

“I want our guys to clearly understand that we’re not taking anything for granted. When it’s all said and done with, do I spend time with players? Yes. You guys have been here; you see me pull players onto the side and have long discussions with them just so we are all always on the same page. Eric Bieniemy is who he is. Eric Bieniemy knows how to adapt and adjust. Eric Bieniemy is a tough, hard-nosed coach, but also understand I’m going to be their biggest and harshest critic, but I’m also their number one fan because I got their back, and I’m going to support them at all times.”

None of this matters if the Commanders’ offense balls out and they put up big numbers. However, if the offense and team struggle, you could have some problems.

Commaners’ Rivera says team never had interest in Jackson

On Monday, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson announced on Twitter that he had requested a trade. Recently, the Ravens slapped the Non-Exclusive Franchise tag on Jackson, which allows the former MVP to negotiate with other teams.

One team that is not interested in Jackson is the Washington Commanders. On Tuesday, Commanders head coach Ron Rivera was asked if the team was interested in Jackson. According to Rivera, they were not.

“No, we never did,” Rivera said at the 2023 NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix. “Honestly, we never did. It is just something that we just didn’t feel suited what we wanted to do. I know he’s a tremendous talent and a player that can impact your team. I just didn’t think, and we sat down and talked about it, that it was the direction for us as a football team.”

Rivera explained why the Commanders decided not to look into acquiring Jackson.

“I mean, again, you look at what the impact on your roster building is,” he said. “What were the assets that we would have to use to get him? What would the financial impact be? These are the things that we have to think about separate from anyone else. This is why we did what we’re doing. We were able to keep the defensive line guys that we have in place. We have a couple of other guys we have to think about on the defensive side, three guys that we feel are part of the core that we are trying to put together.

“We want to build up the offensive line. We have some dynamic playmakers. We are in a position now if you want to do something different; it may impact those dynamic playmakers, that front that you’re trying to build. We are roster building for the first time and feel really good about doing the things that we are trying to do right now.”

Rivera and the Commanders are confident that 2022 fifth-round pick QB Sam Howell or veteran Jacoby Brissett can get the job done in 2023. We’ll see if that was the right choice going forward.

Wentz on loss to Browns: ‘Not what I had in mind and what we had in mind as a team’

After what we saw on Sunday, Carson Wentz’s time in Washington(7-8-1) could be coming to an end. With an opportunity to lead the Commanders to the playoffs, Wentz, as he did a season ago with the Colts, was not very good.

In his first start since Week 6, Wentz completed 16-of-28 passes for 143 yards and two interceptions, and Commanders would lose to the Browns(7-9) 24-10 at FedExField. After winning four straight, Washington has been winless in their last four(0-3-1).

The Commanders were officially eliminated from the playoffs after the Packers defeated the Vikings on Sunday.

Coming into this game against the Browns, it was simple for Washington, win their final two regular season games, and you’re in, but again, it did not happen. Many will blame Wentz and Commanders head coach Ron Rivera for deciding to go with Wentz instead of Taylor Heinicke, who put Washington in the position to make the playoffs after going 5-3-1 as a starter.

Wentz led Washington on a 21-play, 96-yard touchdown drive, which took over 11 minutes(11:27) right before halftime, which he punctuated with a one-yard QB sneak, and Washington led 7-3 at the half, but they would only score three points the rest of the way.

Rivera said he went to Wentz, who replaced Heinicke in the fourth quarter against the 49ers last week, to give Washington a spark; unfortunately, that drive was the only spark he gave the Commanders on Sunday.

“We drove the ball on that last possession in the first half and felt we’d be able to come out and sustain something like that again, and we just didn’t do it,” Rivera said.

Wentz did not expect to play this poorly.

“Not a good one,” Wentz said. “Not what I had in mind and what we had in mind as a team. Individually not the performance I envisioned. A lot of stuff I want back. Yeah, that was a tough one.”

In the second half, fans were chanting Heinicke’s name, and Rivera did consider a change, but he stuck with Wentz. According to Wentz, the Heinicke chants did not bother him.

“It’s part of football,’ he said. “I get it. I get it. I’ve seen a lot in my seven years and experienced a lot. I get it. I didn’t have my best day today. I wish it would have went differently, I feel like I let some of my teammates down there early in the game and put us in a hole a little bit, but that’s part of football.”

Wentz was in the same position with the Colts last season, and they lost the final two games, including an ugly loss to the lowly Jaguars in the season finale, and again he came up short this time around, but he won’t dwell on the past.

“I mean, again, you gotta move on and put stuff behind you,” Wentz said. “I get it; I get it. It’s part of this game, part of this business. I understand the questions; I understand all that stuff. But I don’t let that kind of rattle me or phase me. I wish the result was different; I wish we came out here with a win. Obviously, losing control of our destiny makes it really tough, but I don’t think about all that stuff. It’s a completely new situation, new place, new everything and just wish it would have went different.”

At 30, this was Wentz’s last chance to be a starter in the NFL. He was terrible on Sunday as he threw some bad balls against the Browns.

There’s probably no way Washington will bring him back next season.

In many ways, this is a sad ending for Wentz, who was acquired by the Commanders from the Colts last offseason. After what we saw for most of the 2017 season, where he played like MVP with the Eagles, no one saw this for the seventh-year quarterback, but injuries piled up, and sadly he does not appear to be the same guy.

What happens next for Wentz should be very interesting.

Commanders’ Rivera on decision to start Wentz: ‘I’m looking for a little bit of a spark’

Carson Wentz has an opportunity at redemption. On Wednesday, Commanders head coach Ron Rivera announced that Wentz would get the start for Washington(7-7-1) when they host the Cleveland Browns(6-9) on Sunday.

Wentz, who broke his ring finger against the Bears back in October and had not played in the last eight games, relieved an ineffective Taylor Heinicke against the 49ers last Sunday and threw a touchdown pass. 

Heinicke was 5-3-1 as a starter and helped Washington get into playoff contention, but he has struggled the past few weeks; Washington is 0-2-1 in their last three games.

Commanders head coach Ron Rivera explained the decision to go with Wentz.

“Well, just looking at a couple things,” Rivera said. “First off, I think seeing the way he played, how he handled things, I think where we are right now, I’m looking for a little bit of a spark, a little something different, and I think now’s a good opportunity for it.”

Wentz is excited about the opportunity.

“It feels good; it’s exciting,” Wentz said. “I think it’s exciting for me personally, but I think at the end of the day, it’s exciting for this team. We have a shot; like I said after the game, we control our own destiny, and to get to that point, this point in the season, after everything we’ve been through as a team, I think it means a lot to us. And we all know where we’re at. We all know what we’re capable of and what we’re up against. So, it’s exciting for us as a team. Obviously, I’m excited for my opportunity as well.”

The seventh-year quarterback got off to a slow start for the Commanders and was not playing all that well before the injury. However, at this point, Rivera thinks Wentz is more comfortable with the offense.

“Well, I think the biggest thing is he’s more comfortable with what we’re doing,” Rivera said. “That was evident in the game in spite of the fact that they knew we were gonna throw it. They kept coming, and I thought he handled those situations very, very well. He got the ball out a couple times, got it out to where they needed to be thrown. He threw some really nice balls. His decision-making was very quick. So, I just think that now he’s had a little bit more of an opportunity to see the rest of the offense, feel the rest of the offense. And I think that’s a big part of it. The other part, I think, is he got a little bit of a reset. He missed several games. He had an opportunity to heal up to, to look and feel better. I think that’s exactly where he is right now.”

Last season with the Colts, Wentz was in a similar position, where if Indy won one of their final two games, they would have made the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Colts lost both games and missed the playoffs.

If the Commanders, who are the seventh-seed in the NFC and would be in the playoffs if the season ended today, win their last two games, they will get in.

Wentz is not thinking about last year; he’s focused on the here and now.

“I try not to think about that,” he said. “Every year, it just seems so different. There’s years that the season has ended positively and negatively. It’s a whole new different set of guys. It’s a different team. I’m wearing a different uniform, the whole nine yards. So, I’m gonna show up and try and do my job to the best of my ability, and hopefully, we like the result.”

Wentz is more talented than Heinicke, and Washington clearly believes that Wentz makes this offense better. Now, he has to go out and do what the Commanders brought him to do, which is get them to the playoffs. 

Commanders’ Heinicke is hoping for big-time fan support against Giants

They say a tie is like kissing your sister, and in Week 13, the Giants and Commanders did just that when they ended their game tied at 20 at MetLife Stadium.

This Sunday, the Giants(7-5-1) and Commanders(7-5-1) will have a rematch of that game, but this time it’s at FedExField. There’s some much on the line. Both teams are currently tied for the second wild-card spot in the NFC. 

Like most players, Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke was unhappy with the tie. 

“Yeah, it’s not fun,” Heinicke said Wednesday. “I was kind of thinking about it; I was watching the fights this past weekend in the main event ended in a tie. I’m like, how s***y would it be to get you’re a** beat for 25 minutes and end in a tie? I kind of went back to our game. I was like, that’s kind of what we did. Ties aren’t fun. Obviously, they’re better than the loss, but the goal is to go out there and win, so that’s what we’re looking forward to.”

Because of what’s at stake, this game was flexed to Sunday Night Football, which excites Heinicke.

“Primetime games are a lot of fun,” he said. “Those are the games that you dream of as a kid. You wanna play in front of everybody, the whole world is watching, and it’s an opportunity for you to showcase as a team what you guys got. So, guys get really excited for that.”

Last year, when these two teams played at FedExField, Heinicke felt there were too many Giants fans in the building, and he hopes that’s not the case this time around.

“Hopefully, we have more fans than Giants,” he said. “I remember last year, Thursday night game, it was pretty much 50/50. So hopefully, our guys come out Sunday night and make some noise. It’ll be a crazy atmosphere, and both of our teams are in the fight for a playoff spot, so it’s gonna be a big one.”

Commanders head coach Ron Rivera is also hoping for big-time fan support.

“What we needed from them to be there and to be loud and be supportive. We’ve worked to try and become relevant. We’ve worked to try and get their attention and their focus back on us, and to have the fans’ support out there, that would be awesome. It really would. And again, that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to show them and earn their respect back. We are doing everything we can to get going in the direction we want to be, and we want to play the type of football that will get them to come out and cheer for us.”

If the Commanders want the fans to support them, they will have to play well, and if they do that, things will turn out just the way Heinicke and Rivera want it.

Giants’ Barkley on tie against Commanders: ‘It sucks’

The New York Giants and Washington Commanders battled for 70 minutes, and unfortunately for both teams, the game ended in a 20-20 tie at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. 

The Giants trailed 10-0 at the end of the first quarter but tied things up at 13 at the break. New York led for most of the second half; however, Washington wide receiver Jahan Dotson had a 28-yard game-tying touchdown reception late in the contest, which sent the game to OT.

New York had three possessions in overtime and got into Commanders’ territory twice, but they could not score points. Ultimately, Graham Gano’s 58-yard field goal would fall short at the buzzer.

Ironically, the last time the Giants ended a game with a tie was against Washington in 1997.

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who threw for 200 yards and a touchdown and ran for 71 yards, was disappointed with the tie.

“I think we’re all pretty disappointed with the result,” Jones said. “Certainly not the one we were looking for. We’ll go back to work and clean up a lot of things. I think it’s safe to say we’re disappointed but looking forward to getting back to work and working on things we got to improve on.”

Saquon Barkley, who had 63 yards rushing and a touchdown, was equally disappointed.

“It sucks, obviously,” he said. “You go out there, you wanna compete, and you want to win. When you put your bodies on the line and come out with a tie, it doesn’t feel good for either team. Just have to treat it like a win or a loss. Just have to go back in and watch film and get ready for the next opponent and get back to it.”

Like Jones and Barkley, Commanders head coach Ron Rivera was disappointed in the final result.

“That was very hard; I wasn’t quite sure what to say,” Rivera said. “Kind of a disappointment in some respect; we had some opportunities. From my perspective, we had some chances that we missed on some things. That’s pretty much it.”

After being 7-2, the Giants are winless in their last three games and are 7-4-1 entering their home game next week against NFC-leading Eagles(11-1), who are playing some excellent football, so New York could easily go winless in four straight games. Washington heads into the bye week.

These two teams will play again two weeks from now in Washington. Both teams will have the opportunity to break the tie in that contest, but for now, the Giants and Commanders remain disappointed.


Wentz responds to Rivera’s comments

On Monday, Washington Commander head coach Ron Rivera made some interesting comments about the quarterback position in the NFC East. 

When asked why the Eagles, Cowboys, and Giants are ahead of the Commanders, Washington coach Ron Rivera said: “Quarterback.”

On Tuesday, Rivera said he apologized to the team for his comments and, according to him, had a great conversation with Wentz.

“I do, but you know, at the end of the day, I spoke to my team this morning,” Rivera said. “I basically told them that I said some things that were misconstrued. I didn’t present it properly, and that’s on me. So I took accountability, told the guys that I should know better. Sh**, I had a bad day. I figured, you know, I’m feeling better today; let’s move forward. So, to me, as far as I’m concerned, it’s really now about the most important thing that’s getting ready for football…

“The players have been really positive about it, and Carson [Wentz] and I had a nice conversation. So I think we’re ready to roll.”

Wentz, who said he had no idea about Rivera’s comments until today, gave his thoughts on the issue.

“So, honestly, I had no idea any of that happened until Sean(DeBarbieri) over here gave me a heads up,” he said. “But yeah, Coach addressed it, handled it, nothing for me that I’m overly concerned about. Coach is a very straightforward, upfront guy, and he addressed it in the team meeting, which I thought was really cool and what he meant by it all. So, I feel very confident in that.” 

When asked what is the difference between the teams in the NFC East, Wentz said the following: 

“I wish I had all the answers on that,” he said. “You know, I think there’s a lot of football left. I think there’s a lot of varying factors across our division, which is obviously a very good division at this point in the season, but at the same time, I know there’s a lot of ball left. We talked about it after the game, unfortunately, we kind of dug ourselves a little bit of a hole, but we know where we’re at. We know what we’re capable of, and we can’t try and fix it all right away. Our job is to try and go on to know this week, and we got a short week to do that, so we’re focused on that.”

Winning cures everything, and after losing four straight, Washington has to get a win against the Bears in Chicago on Thursday night.