Ron Rivera is sorry.
The Washington Commanders coach apologized to starting quarterback Carson Wentz for comments Rivera said were misconstrued, regarding why there’s a gulf between his rebuilding team and the other teams in the NFC East. .
“Carson and I had a nice conversation, so I think we’re ready to roll,” Rivera said.
“I spoke to my team this morning,” Rivera said, per Pete Hailey of NBC Sports Washington. “I basically told them I said some things that were misconstrued. I told them guys that I should know better.”
Wentz said he was unaware of what had been said until he was told by a team spokesperson. He wasn’t upset by what Rivera said.
“Coach addressed it, handled it, nothing for me that I’m overly concerned about,” Wentz said. “Coach is a very straightforward, upfront guy. He addressed it in the team meeting, which I thought was really cool, in what he meant by it all. I feel very confident in that.”
Rivera said he understood why his comments were perceived in a negative light, which is why he wanted to address the entire team.
“I told them I said some things that were misconstrued; I didn’t present them properly. That’s on me,” he said. “I took accountability, told the guys I should know better. S—, I had a bad day so I figured I was feeling better today, let’s move forward.”
Rivera said he worried about his words becoming a distraction during a short week; the Commanders (1-4) play at the Chicago Bears (2-4) on Thursday.
This is exactly how you lose a locker room.
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