Washington commanders simply cannot have a normal week.
Head Coach Ron Rivera announced the dismissal of the team defensive line coach Sam Mills on Tuesday, just over a month before the start of the 2022 season.
Mills was entering his 18th season in the NFL and his third with Washington after joining Rivera from the Carolina Panthers in 2020. He is the son of former New Orleans Saints and Panthers linebacker Sam Mills, who was elected posthumously to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2022 following his death in 2005.
Rivera added that relieving Mills was “very difficult” due to her relationship with her family.
“I have known Sam for a long time and he is a very good football manager and I appreciate everything he has done,” Rivera said on Tuesday. “He helped us win a division our first year and things got tough last year. But there are some things I wanted to change.”
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A big week for NFL teams
This week also marks a change for NFL teams as they head into the 2022 season.
No, we’re not talking about the first episode of “Hard Knocks” this season starring Dan Campbell, Jamaal Williams and the Detroit Lions.
Between Thursday and Sunday, the 32 teams will play a pre-season game and begin to merge into a single unit. And with that comes bigger training sessions ahead of some players’ first on-pitch action since January.