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“SHOCKING”: Washington Commanders FIRE defensive line coach Sam Mills III

The Commanders are not shying away from making some big changes this time around.

Sam Mills III Ron Rivera

Washington Commanders have been in the news for all the wrong reasons over the last few years but off the field stuff aside Coach Ron Rivera has been running a tight ship for on the field stuff and now with recently acquired Quarterback Carson Wentz from the Indianapolis Colts, they are hoping for a good outing and have made another changes before the season begins.

The Commanders have fired defensive line coach Sam Mills III, coach Ron Rivera announced on Tuesday. Assistant defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina was promoted to lead the D-line.

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“Known Sam Mills III a long time”: Ron Rivera

Sam Mills III

There have been reports of turmoil between the defensive line and Mills have surfaced this offseason after the team underperformed last season but per Rivera the decision to fire Mills stemmed from more recent philosophical differences.

Mills and Rivera have worked with each other for quite some time, since their time together on the Carolina Panthers staff. Mills was hired as the Commanders’ D-line coach in 2020 when Rivera took over in Washington.

Very difficult. I’ve known Sam a long time, and (he’s) a very good football coach,” Rivera said of their relationship. “And I really appreciate everything that he’s done. He helped us win the division the first year, and things got tough last year. There were some things I felt I wanted to change.”

Without a doubt, the Commanders have been through a lot in the recent past and are in dire need of revival. It will be interesting to see how they perform in the coming season.

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