Washington Commanders Head Coach Ron Rivera has probably had one of the worst weeks of his life after losing his mother, and attending her funeral in California over the last few days. News broke yesterday that the Attorney General of Washington, D.C. was going to have a major announcement about their investigation into the Commanders. That was followed by a statement from a team spokesman that attacked the AG and and D.C. while mentioning the shooting of Washington’s 3rd round rookie RB Brian Robinson. This was followed up by a statement from Team President Jason Wright walking back that statement, and blaming it on outside counsel (i.e. Dan Snyder’s lawyers).
LIVE: HC Ron Rivera meets with the media https://t.co/7s5Bh3t3C4— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) November 10, 2022
Cole Holcomb did not practice today. Jahan Dotson returned in a limited fashion.— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) November 10, 2022
Chase Young practiced but has not been activated yet.
Brian Robinson statement:
Ron Rivera on the Brian Robinson statement:— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) November 10, 2022
"We can't control that aspect of it. ... What we control is the football aspect."
Ron Rivera says he spoke to Brian Robinson Jr. last night after the statement came out. "Brian is in a great spot. Brian didn't understand what the fuss was about."— Ethan Cadeaux (@Ethan_Cadeaux) November 10, 2022
Ron Rivera said he addressed the statement in the team meeting this morning and told players to come to him if they were upset by it. He said none of the players have spoken up yet.— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) November 10, 2022
Rivera said he has an open door policy and players can come and talk to him if they want. None of the players have approached him as of now.— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) November 10, 2022
Off the field distractions for players:
Before reporters went into the locker room today, @RiverboatRonHC gave everybody a message about asking the "distraction question."— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) November 10, 2022
Rivera said, "don't ask the questions then, leave them alone. You guys know how everybody feels. Let's just focus on the game"
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Ron Rivera was asked about the constant off field distractions surrounding his football team.— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) November 10, 2022
He said, "what we control is the football aspect of it. We're going to remain focused on that"
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Rivera said Carson Wentz is looking good and going through his rehab. Technically, he is allowed to return after this game against the Eagles, but Rivera seems focused on being patient— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) November 10, 2022
Rivera said Carson Wentz looks good going thru his rehab. Allowed to return after this game. Said he won't make a decision yet— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) November 10, 2022
Holcomb still going through rehab, Rivera said. Said the team will see how he reacts tomorrow and go from there— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) November 10, 2022
T Sam Cosmi practiced without the club/pad on his left hand for the first time today. Another step in the recovery.— John Keim (@john_keim) November 10, 2022
LIVE: QB Taylor Heinicke meets with the media https://t.co/G0fQjUv5nG— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) November 10, 2022
Off the field issues:
This is 1000% accurate. Taylor Heinicke speaking the truth here.— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) November 11, 2022
During his press conference today, Heinicke said, "every week, it seems like something pops up."
These players are tired of it all.
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Game vs Eagles last season:
Heinicke addressing the media. Said the last game against the Eagles in 2021 stuck with him all offseason. He had drove the offense all the way down near the goal line and had a chance to win, but and interception ruined those chances— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) November 10, 2022
Sustaiming drives vs the Eagles:
Heinicke emphasized the importance of sustaining drives against the Eagles, who have a top 10 offense and are one of more dominant rushing units in the league— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) November 10, 2022
Brian Robinson Jr. spoke on his name being used in the team’s statement last night.— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) November 10, 2022
Does this make it harder to move on from the shooting?
“It’s difficult. But personally, I got to be stronger than what I’m up against.” pic.twitter.com/LTumN4ODWz
Comments on off the field drama:
For some reason Benjamin's answer got cut off in the original tweet.— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) November 11, 2022
Here's his entire response to his bold quote in a French-language paper when he said the organization could really use a "fresh start" pic.twitter.com/4OuzV4JLMl
Charles Leno Jr.
Brian Robinson statement:
Charles Leno on Brian Robinson's inclusion in team statement on DC AG announcement:— NBC4 Sports (@NBC4Sports) November 10, 2022
"Of course it's upsetting, he should've never been part of that situation"
On building up muscle on eliminating distractions since DC arrival: "You gotta be really callous here"@JPFinlayNBCS pic.twitter.com/pBYWINN3C7
LT Charles Leno, Jr., on the statement that included Brian Robinson: "Of course it's upsetting. He should never have been a part of that situation. I'll just leave it at that.... His feelings and what he's gone through should have been a completely separate deal."— John Keim (@john_keim) November 10, 2022
WR Jahan Dotson is going through individual drills. So is DE Chase Young. Do not see LB Cole Holcomb on the field but LB David Mayo is back.— John Keim (@john_keim) November 10, 2022