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Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera is torn between Carson Wentz and Taylor Heinicke at QB

Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera is torn between recovering quarterback Carson Wentz and Taylor Heinicke after the backup handed the Eagles their first loss of the season and ‘plays with no fear’

The Washington Commanders are currently dealing with midseason QB controversy, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

Commanders’ starter Carson Wentz may be activated from IR this week following his recovery from a fractured ring finger. 

But Rivera is unsure if he will be ready insert Wentz back into the lineup or stick with Taylor Heinicke, who just handed the Philadelphia Eagles their first loss of the season.

Ron Rivera is unsure if he will be ready insert QB Carson Wentz straight back into the lineup

Ron Rivera is unsure if he will be ready insert QB Carson Wentz straight back into the lineup

Carson Wentz (11) looks on before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings

Carson Wentz (11) looks on before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings

‘You have to look at the momentum and what the mood of the team is,’ Rivera said. ‘There are a lot of factors.’

‘You look at what is best for the team and that’s how it has to be,’ Rivera said. ‘There’s a great saying, “You treat everyone the same, you treat everyone fair but you treat everyone according to the team.”

‘So the decision will be made about the team first and foremost. Whoever the starter is I will commit to them fully. I don’t want them looking over their shoulder.’ 

Rivera, however, failed to say if whoever he names starter for the next game would remain starter for the rest of the season.

Wentz was acquired by the Commanders in a trade during the offseason and stated that he would be the starter from day one.

Heinicke however currently has the support of the locker and the trust of his teammates on offense who have gravitated to his play style.

Taylor Heinicke throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles

Taylor Heinicke throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles

‘He’s been great for us since he’s got here, honestly,’ receiver Terry McLaurin said. ‘He plays with no fear, everything’s not pretty.’

 He is going to extend plays with his legs and get the tough yards. He is going to get us in the right situations. You just feel confident with a guy back there like that.’

‘A lot of people want to measure his height, his arm, all those things. You can’t measure what’s inside of his chest.’ 


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