Ron Rivera on Chase Young: At the end of the day, we can’t force anything

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Earlier this week, Washington head coach Ron Rivera said it’s “more than likely” defensive end Chase Young would start training camp on the physically unable to perform list as he continues to recover from a torn ACL.

But even with that, the Commanders are going to be cautious in staging Young’s return.

As Rivera put it at the end of minicamp on Thursday, the team doesn’t want to put Young in a bad spot by rushing him back to the lineup in part because he’s so important to the team’s long-term future.

“At the end of the day, we can’t force anything,” Rivera said in his press conference. “It’s about when the player’s ready to roll and we’ll go because he is valuable to us. You don’t want to force that situation and all of a sudden you don’t have a healthy player and something bad happens.

“So, again, we’re going to do it right. We’re going to prepare him. In the meantime, that just means other guys are getting opportunities and have got to step up and play some good football.”

Young was the AP defensive rookie of the year in 2020 when he recorded 7.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 12 QB hits, four forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries. In 2021, Young had 1.5 sacks, three TFLs, four QB hits, and a pair of forced fumbles in nine games.

16 responses to “Ron Rivera on Chase Young: At the end of the day, we can’t force anything

  1. Wow – he was on pace for a steep decline even before the injury. Might want to curb the enthusiasm on how important he’ll be for the team on return.

  2. I didn’t pay much attention to the WFT last year but the counting numbers for Young through 9 games were fairly pedestrian. 1.5 sacks and only 4 QB hits.
    Was he not living up to expectations or was he fairly dominant and the numbers were lagging behind?

  3. Chase will be the next star player to think about retirement. Nobody wants to work for Rivera at this point.

  4. @scooby. He was playing undisciplined. Trying to rush out wide every time and getting washed out of the rush. So a little of both. He wasn’t dominant but he was also better than those numbers. Talent is all still there.

  5. Looked like to me they just rushed him upfield expecting those-tackles to provide push up the middle to force the QBs out , witch rarely happens

  6. One rough year and the guy is a “bust,” got it. Real objective commentary there. Here’s a more realistic way to look at it. First year, Chase exhibited his enormous natural talent and won ROY. Showed great potential. Second year, Chase did not adhere to the scheme and his production greatly fell off. Reports were it was a “wake up” call for him (Rivera’s words).

    Translation: tremendous talent is still there but this player must adhere to the scheme.

    That means he has work to do but labeling him a “bust” based on one shaky half season is simply trolling Commander’s fans…

  7. Perhaps coaching or scheme are the real issue for team formerly known as the R**skins.

  8. papabuck says:
    June 17, 2022 at 8:52 am

    Hopefully they don’t do him like they did RG3.


    You seem to forget that RG3 did that to himself.

  9. “At the end of the day, we can’t force anything,”…

    Seems like Rivera has a history of “forcing things” to pick up meaningless late season job-saving wins. (Ask Cam & CMC)

  10. He’s got to get healthy first, but once he stops listening to his own hype and our fans stop fitting him for a gold jacket with his 9 career sacks, he may turn into something. But so far, you have to mark him down as a bust. He’ll be headed into year 4 in 2023 with nothing close to producing at a #2 overall pick.

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