Taylor Heinicke: I don’t care about doubters, I care about the people who believe in me

NFL:   Green Bay Packers at the Washington Commanders
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The Commanders had Taylor Heinicke on the roster this offseason, but they opted to make a trade with the Colts in order to make Carson Wentz their starting quarterback rather than stick with him.

Wentz’s first six games with the team did little to make that look like an upgrade and Heinicke’s work against the Packers on Sunday didn’t make anyone long for Wentz’s return from his finger injury. Heinicke went 20-of-33 for 201 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in a 23-21 win that lifted the Commanders to 3-4 on the season.

After the win, wide receiver Terry McLaurin said that Heinicke’s “energy spreads throughout this team” and Heinicke passed on using any of his energy to castigate those who doubted his ability to handle the starting job.

“I don’t care about doubters. I don’t care what they have to say,” Heinicke said, via Ethan Cadeaux of NBCSportsWashington.com. “I care about the people who believe in me, and I want to prove them right. That means more to me than anyone else that has something negative to say. . . . I want to prove the people that believe in me right more than the doubters wrong. I could care less about those people.”

Heinicke made some more believers with his performance on Sunday and a few more games like that one may make it so that the only doubt in Washington is about the team’s ability to evaluate the quarterbacks they have against the ones other teams are trying to dump in a trade.

12 responses to “Taylor Heinicke: I don’t care about doubters, I care about the people who believe in me

  1. I don’t think anyone is doubting him. He is clearly better than Carson Wentz.

  2. Wentz proved to be exactly what any fool (except Dan and Ron) who has been watching football for the last four years already new: good, bad, ugly, then injured. Rinse and repeat. I’ve also been saying this for the last year and a half: Taylor Heinicke is invigorating, exciting at times, easy to root for, but not a starter – he’s definitely a career backup, but in a good way: I want him as my long term backup QB. Give him enough modest contracts into his early-to-mid 30s, and with a good financial planner, live out his life in upper-middle class affluence with a good nest egg.

  3. Taylor feels he has something to prove and is working hard to accomplish that.

    Meanwhile, Aaron feels he has nothing to prove and isn’t putting in the efforts required to be successful in the NFL. It’s just about collecting his paycheck.

  4. Not a Washington fan and not a Wentz hater, but I have thought they should have just let Heinecke be the QB for the last 2 years. He has something.

  5. 3 teams in a row acting like defeating GB is a great victory. The story is about the downfall of rogers and the packers. Stop pretending this this win means you’ve arrived.

  6. billshistorian says:

    3 teams in a row acting like defeating GB is a great victory.

    After three straight losses to backup QB’s, it doesn’t look like a big deal. Until you take into consideration that all three of those losses were to backup QB’s.

    Your team gets the next crack at the Packers – and you should have your starting QB.

    Don’t fall into the trap of not being prepared (like the Packers the last 3 weeks) and lose to a team that is in total disarray.

  7. I would absolutely start him over Wentz. But I wouldn’t make Heinicke my full season starter in the off season.

  8. To all those saying Dan sell the team. Jeff Bezos will buy it. Be careful what you wish for.

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