Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera says Carson Wentz is for a reason in Washington and they are excited to have him. A year ago, the Indianapolis Colts traded for Wentz, who struggled in his last few season with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Wentz didn't impress the Colts organization and the team decided to move on from the quarterback after just one season. Wentz didn't enjoy impressive ends to his tenures with the Eagles and Colts. Going into his first year with the Commanders, there is a lot of skepticism regarding Wentz's abilities.
"The narratives are all unfair. Obviously he left each place for their reasons. OK, great -- that's their reasons," Rivera said on Sirius XM NFL Radio, via CBS Sports. "He's here for our reason. He's here because we want him here.
He's here because we see what he can do, we see what he's done. Based on what we do, we see there's an opportunity. That's why he's here."
Rivera: Happy with what we have seen from Wentz so far
According to Rivera, Wentz has been doing well in practice so far and the team is all in on putting him in a position "to succeed."
"We have a lot of confidence in what we've seen so far," Rivera said. "The guys have all assimilated to him. They've rallied around him. And that's a huge plus because, again, based on what we went through for the last couple of years -- and probably before I got here -- trying to find the quarterback.
Let's get behind him. Let's give him every opportunity to succeed. And that's what we're gonna do." After the Colts moved on from Wentz, Colts owner Jim Irsay said signing him was a mistake. When Wentz was asked about thise comments, he admitted he didn't expect that kind of comments from the Colts.
“I mean, it is what it is, you know. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion,” Wentz said. “I thought last year was a really fun year. I thought we did some incredible things, came up short at the end.
Obviously I struggled down the stretch there and timing was poor. But yeah, I didn’t expect that. I didn’t expect things to unfold the way they did and I thought things were in a pretty good place there.I had awesome relationships with every single person in that building.
Can’t say enough good things about the people over there. Yeah, it kinda came out of left field, you know? He’s entitled to his own opinion and he’s entitled to do what he wants with his football team."