Commanders HC Ron Rivera taking the high road
When Chase Young stepped in front of the media earlier this week, the defensive end took some obvious parting shots at the Washington Commanders. While many thought this was a bit rich from someone who contributed very little and spent more time on injured/reserve than on the field, questions about the team's standards and culture were not what head coach Ron Rivera needed after such a positive win at the New England Patriots.
Inevitably, Rivera was asked about Young's comments during his media availability on Wednesday. Also as expected, the figurehead opted to take the high road via Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post, declaring the culture is stable and wishing the former No. 2 overall selection the best of luck in a different environment.
"I think culturally it's a really solid place. We're still learning and growing. … I do think, for the most part, things can be really bright for us. I really appreciate who [Chase] is for us … and just wish him all the luck in San Francisco."- Ron Rivera via X/Twitter
This only lends further weight that the Commanders wanted to get rid of Young by any means necessary. Something was amiss behind the scenes and the player is relishing the prospect of linking up with his former Ohio State teammate Nick Bosa on the San Francisco 49ers.
But the fact Washington accepted a compensatory third-round selection to remove Young should tell every Commanders' fan everything they need to know.