Ron Rivera was honest with his comments about the quarterback position, but some feel he took it a little bit too far.
The NFC East is one of the strongest divisions in the league through five games, to the shock of many. One team in the division, however, is not at the level of the of the rest.
When asked at his press conference Monday what sets the other teams apart, Ron Rivera simply said, “Quarterback.”
Even with Dak Prescott out, the Cowboys have had success with backup Cooper Rush. The Giants have Daniel Jones playing at a higher level than in the past, while Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is having a career season.
Alex Smith had some pointed words for his former head coach Ron Rivera.
Smith, who played for Rivera in Washington during his final NFL season in 2020, said he felt like Rivera left Wentz out to dry.
“I had a really hard time watching that,” Smith said, via Pro Football Talk. “When I heard it, I couldn’t believe it. I’m not here to defend Carson Wentz. He’s had a tumultuous career and ups and downs. But this is a defensive head coach that’s absolutely driving the bus over his quarterback.”
“The blame has got to be spread around,” Smith said. “This is a team sport. It is the ultimate team sport. How can a head coach stand up there in front of the media and utter one word, and it’s ‘quarterback’?”
With the game on the line on Sunday, Wentz threw an interception at the goal line, sealing the loss for the Commanders against the Tennessee Titans.
Despite his comment, Rivera does not question the decision to sign Wentz.
“No, I’ve got no regrets about the quarterback,” Rivera said. “We chose him because we believe in him. We chose him because we looked at what we felt were things that pointed towards him.”
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