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Ron Rivera Addresses Potential Quarterback Controversy

Adam Taylor McKillop
Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera addresses the potential quarterback controversy with Taylor Heinicke.
Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera addresses the potential quarterback controversy with Taylor Heinicke. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Even after a gritty win over the Chicago Bears in Week 6, the Washington Commanders faced a precarious situation with quarterback Carson Wentz landing on the IR. This was especially true ahead of a matchup with the Green Bay Packers.

Backup Taylor Heinicke stepped into the open role and led Washington to their second straight victory. Heinicke didn't play particularly well, but did enough to land Washington a victory - something Wentz was only able to do in 2 of his first 6 games.

The postgame reaction automatically called for a potential QB controversy, but head coach Ron Rivera isn't buying it. Rivera addressed the idea on Monday.

When asked specifically about the potential of a QB controversy, Rivera said "Not necessarily. I think this is about playing one game at a time, focusing on one game at a time. And when we get to that position, then I'll deal with it."

Wentz' IR placement means he isn't eligible to return until a Week 11 clash against the Houston Texans.

Heinicke fumbled his shot at the QB1 role last year, putting up an uninspiring 20-15 TD-INT ration, and completing just 60.6% of his passes. That's about on cue with the start of Wentz' season considering he completed just 62.1% of his passes and thrown 10 TDs to 6 INTs.

Controversy or not, this is Heinicke's job for the time being and Commanders fans will hope he can do enough to keep winning them ballgames.

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