The Washington commanders won the Eastern division of the National Conference of the NFL two years ago, the first season under the orders of Rum Riverawith a record of 7-9, but last year a 7-10 record kept them out of the playoffs.
The Commanders’ head coach believes that the third year with the team is vital to show improvement and that he feels the pressure on the team heading into the 2022 NFL season.
“I feel. This year is the one that says ‘We will be a better team’. And we should be. What happened the first year was an anomaly. The second was similar, but maybe we were a step below because, although I felt we were immature, I thought we could correct it and move in the right direction,” Rivera told ESPN.
Rivera expects success similar to what he had in his time as head coach of the Carolina Panthers. In his first two years with the NFC South team, he posted a 13-19 record, but in his third they won 12 games and advanced to the postseason.
When asked about how the addition of quarterback Carson Wentz will affect the team, the 60-year-old head coach stated that “It takes us a few steps in the right direction.”.
Washington gave up two third-round draft picks to acquire Wentz in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts to break their postseason win drought. The Commanders have not won a playoff game since the 2005 seasonwhen they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card Round.
QBs used by Rivera
In the two seasons he has been at the helm of Washington, Rivera has used six starting quarterbacks different due to injuries and poor performance.
In 2020 he used the quarterbacks Alex Smith, Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen as starters and in 2021 to Ryan Fitzpatrick, Taylor Heinicke and Garrett Gilbert. The only one with a winning record is Smith, who won five of the six games he started.
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Ron Rivera: Acquiring Carson Wentz takes us in the right direction