“My message is there’s a solid young football team that’s kind of finding their way,” Rivera said. “They’re scrappy, they’re tough, they’re underdogs. They’re guys that are striving to be the best.”
The defensive line as a whole was exceptional against the Texans, but Payne and Allen seemed nearly unstoppable at times against a Texans interior offensive line that has struggled all season.
Given the dominant performance of this defensive line, propelling this team to its run of success of late, my money is on the day Rivera announced he was firing Sam Mills III and replacing him with assistant defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina.
“We will work him with the intent if he’s ready to play he’ll play,” Rivera said. “If not, we’ll wait another week.”
There is no clear explanation of why Heinicke works so well and is beloved by teammates and fans in an age when the Tom Bradys, Josh Allens, Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers thrill fans with 300-plus yard games.
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Ron Rivera installed Taylor Heinicke as his starting QB and stayed the course everywhere else despite a 1–4 start. Now his team is in playoff contention. Plus, big moves by the Cowboys and Eagles pay off.
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The Commanders' defensive line — cohesive, exuberant and among the NFL's best — starkly contrasts with the one Young left behind last fall.