4 critical observations from Commanders HC Ron Rivera’s combine presser

(Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports) Ron Rivera
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What were some critical observations from Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera’s presser at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine?

This is a crucial offseason for the Washington Commanders and head coach Ron Rivera, in particular. The pressure on his shoulders could be enormous if a new ownership group comes into the fold, which instantly makes his seat among the league’s hottest despite doing a pretty decent job over his first two seasons at the helm.

It’s been an encouraging start to the team’s plans for Rivera. Convincing a prestigious offensive mind such as Eric Bieniemy to join his project represents a major coup and slapping the franchise tag on defensive tackle Daron Payne is another big step in the right direction.

Washington has some money to spend on free agents should they wish. With eight selections in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Commanders also have a chance to strengthen multiple areas on the cheap if they find the right recruits.

A fascinating few weeks await. But what were some critical observations from Rivera’s media availability at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis?

Critical Observation No. 1

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Commanders releasing Carson Wentz

Even though the move to release Carson Wentz was widely anticipated, it didn’t make things any easier for Ron Rivera. This is always the hardest part of the business, but the Washington Commanders’ head coach was quick to thank his former quarterback for the hard work he put in throughout a one-and-done campaign.

"“He did the best he could, and we really appreciate that as well.”"

The Commanders will now move forward without Wentz, who faces the prospect of a backup role elsewhere given how his career has unfolded in recent years.