Commanders fire DL coach Sam Mills III

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The Commanders have made a significant change to their coaching staff with a little more than a month to go before the start of the regular season.

Commanders head coach Ron Rivera announced at a Tuesday press conference that the team has fired defensive line coach Sam Mills III. Mills, who is the son of Hall of Famer Sam Mills, was in his third season with the team. He was also on Rivera’s staff with the Panthers for Rivera’s entire run in Carolina.

Rivera told reporters that the firing was the result of a difference in philosophy and that he believed a change was needed based on what he’s seen during training camp. The Commanders have four first-round picks on a defensive line that underwhelmed last season, but Rivera said that the firing was not based on anything other than the present.

Assistant defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina will take over Mills’ duties.

9 responses to “Commanders fire DL coach Sam Mills III

  1. Translation: Rivera was not happy with Mills telling him his defensive scheme was not working. Zgonina will not challenge Rivera or his methodologies.

  2. There must’ve been a serious argument between the 2. Coaches don’t usually get fired this time of year. Those actions usually happen right around and after the Super Bowl.

  3. The players told him 3 years ago that they had major problems with the guy. Why did it take 3 years?!

  4. First time I have ever heard of a coach getting fired, during training camp. A guy the HC brought with him from his last team. Something is amiss. The is not normal.

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