The Washington Commanders are making major quarterback changes as Taylor Heinicke is expected to start in place of Carson Wentz. in NFL media. Wentz was still sidelined with a finger injury that forced him out of the game in the first place, but when he returns he is expected to be the second lineup.
Heinicke started 3-1 after replacing Wentz, and his last outing was a 32-21 win over the previously undefeated Philadelphia Eagles. In his four starts this season, Heinicke has completed 62 percent of his passes, five touchdowns and four interceptions, and is averaging 210 passing yards per game.
Heinicke has been in Washington’s starting lineup for virtually all of 2021 after Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a season-ending injury in the first week. There were both good and bad moments for the former Old Dominion star as he went 7-8 as a starter and threw for 3,419 yards, 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, but there was no doubt that the Washingtons would be looking for new starting quarterback during the offseason.
Wentz, formerly the Eagles’ second-best overall starter, started the year 2-4 with Washington and had 62.1 percent of passes, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions, averaging 248.2 passing yards. for the game. He was also fired a whopping 23 times.
It’s a big move for Commanders head coach Ron Rivera, whose confidence in Wentz seemed to wane at times during the season. When Washington made the controversial decision to trade Wentz, who had been completely divorced by the Indianapolis Colts, Rivera stated thatabout the new Commanders quarterback, unlike any other.
“You have questions. I don’t have… Whose questions are these? Do they have answers? tell us what are your answers? Rivera said Ben Standig of TheAthletic.com(N/T Football talk). “I’ll be honest with you: from now on, I don’t care at all about what happened in Philadelphia, and I don’t really care about what happened in Indianapolis. The answers I have received from people, the things I have seen and read, do not frighten me. . . . Most of the things I’ve seen and people I’ve talked to and people in the know. . . their responses really support how I feel. . . . Frankly, I don’t care.”
However, last month the coach apologized afterThe commanders were behind the other teams in the NFC East.
It’s a move that many will be celebrating as Heinicke is a brash underdog who has quickly established himself as a fan favorite due to his competitiveness. It remains to be seen how long he can hold this position, but the commanders are definitely on top right now.