Taylor Heinicke: Whatever decision they want to make at QB, let’s go

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The Commanders won for the third time in their last four games by knocking off the previously undefeated Eagles on Monday night and Taylor Heinicke has been the starter in all three of those wins.

Heinicke was 17-of-29 for 211 yards and an interception in Monday’s game, which was the last that quarterback Carson Wentz must miss while on injured reserve. Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said last week that Wentz is throwing as he works his way back from a finger injury, but didn’t offer any update after Monday’s win about whether Wentz will be back at practice this week.

Rivera said he thinks Heinicke has grown as a quarterback from previous seasons while saying any quarterback plans for the future would be discussed on Tuesday. For his part, Heinicke said he feels “a lot more comfortable out there and a lot more confident” while adding that he won’t be disappointed if the team opts to move him back down the depth chart.

“Not at all. I said it back in OTAs that we brought Carson in to be a starter,” Heinicke said in his postgame press conference. “If my number is called, I’ll be ready to go in. Whatever decision they want to make, let’s go. If I’m backing up Carson next week, great. I’m going to help him in any way that I can to get ready for that Texans game. The biggest thing for me is let’s just go win. Let’s keep winning whether it means playing or not.”

The Commanders have gone from 2-4 to 5-5 since Wentz’s injury and that’s a pretty strong argument for staying the course with Heinicke. Rivera’s comments on Tuesday should shed some light on whether it’s one the Commanders agree with.

39 responses to “Taylor Heinicke: Whatever decision they want to make at QB, let’s go

  1. You should have said “hey I want the starting job, I earned it”. But………..Speak your truth

  2. Oh. Interesting. So the “Vikings haven’t beaten anybody good” looks a little different, eh? That same team they “struggled to beat” just took down the mighty Eagles. On the road.

  3. While I want them to play Wentz (Colts need that higher pick), they’d be foolish to not start Heinicke

  4. If Rivera starts Wentz, there will be a fan revolt.

    Plus, it’s the right decision based on football to start Heinicke vs. Houston:

    1. Short week
    2. Team rallies around TH. 3-1 with him.
    3. Scheme of heavy run w QB managing game then making timely plays matches Heinicke’s style better than Wentz’s.
    4. Wentz sucks.

    That said, I’m terrified Rivera will go back to Wentz. He does stupid stuff like that.

  5. How can you not root for this guy? The Commanders are a different team with him playing. Carson Wentz should not be inserted back in the starting lineup until (or if) Heineke gets injured or plays poorly.

  6. Heineke plays with heart and his teammates love him.He should remain the starter.

  7. Easiest decision ever, Wentz should go back in.

    Heinicke is a nice story but come on. That arm is what it is.

    McLaurin was wide open all day otherwise nothing is getting to the WR’s down the field.

    And that INT? Could he have thrown it any higher? That’s not an NFL arm.

    I get that they win and its appealing to stick with that QB but realistically, those WR’s know whats up.

    Put it this way, if my Dolphins were playing against Washington, no doubt I’d prefer to go against Heinicki because Wentz made all the throws with Indy last year to beat us.

  8. Heinicke really didn’t play that well, the Eagles slept through most of the game. One thing for sure is that Washington has a darn good defense.

  9. Once again, Wentz sits on the sideline and watches a backup carry the team forward without him. Leave Heinicke in for now.

  10. Play who’s hot, sit who’s not. Duh. I propose that the team “brings game” for Heinicke. Great job vs the Birds.

  11. Not a Commander’s fan but have to stay with the hot hand. Heinicke getting the ball into Tmac’s hands opens up the O. Something Wentz wasn’t doing.
    Heinicke needs to clean up some bone head mistakes to keep drives alive but as of now he’s an upgrade over Wentz.

  12. Even as a Giants fan, I like this guy. They should have rode with him this season, obviously, instead of signing a proven loser. That terrible owner forced Wentz on Rivera.

    How can anyone not root for Heinicke? I think his turnovers will decrease the more he plays. The team responds differently when he’s behind center. Give Ron Rivera credit for turning around what appeared to be a sinking ship. No one saw this version of the NFC East coming.

  13. He doesn’t put up big numbers but they are winning games. I think it comes down to who is better for the locker room.

  14. If I were the Commanders,. I would stick with Heinecke. I would have named him the starter in the off season and not traded for a qb. Commanders seem to play better with him at QB.

  15. Need to keep the motivational momentum driving. Ron Rivera have to make the right decision and that is to keep Taylor Heinicke ias the starting QB. Do it for the fans the deserve a possibility of something positive. To start Carson Wentz next game will be a total letdown.

  16. Even as a Giants fan, I like this guy. They should have rode with him this season, obviously, instead of signing a QB who can’t play the position. Snyder forced Wentz on Rivera.

    How can anyone not root for Heinicke? I think his turnovers will decrease the more he plays. The team responds differently when he’s behind center. Give Ron Rivera credit for turning around what appeared to be a sinking ship. No one saw this version of the NFC East coming.

  17. bostonblows says:
    November 15, 2022 at 8:46 am
    Easiest decision ever, Wentz should go back in.

    Heinicke is a nice story but come on. That arm is what it is.

    McLaurin was wide open all day otherwise nothing is getting to the WR’s down the field.

    Sounds good in theory but compare McLaurin’s days w TH vs his days with Wentz. This isn’t Madden or Fantasy Football. These are human beings. The team is playing better with Heinicke and he should remain starter.

  18. “Intangibles” mean something. Scary Terry said that Taylor lifts the whole team. He’s right. Look at the 2019 Nationals. Not the best team in baseball – but the team was so cohesive with the right mix of personalities that they won it all. And then next year after the team’s cultural leaders were now missing? Garbage.

  19. He’s not the answer long term, obviously, but neither is Wentz. Go with the guy the team responds to.

  20. bostonblows says:
    November 15, 2022 at 8:46 am
    Put it this way, if my Dolphins were playing against Washington, no doubt I’d prefer to go against Heinicki because Wentz made all the throws with Indy last year to beat us.
    ______________

    Unless you’re Stephen Ross they are not “your Dolphins”, thus your preference is irrelevant.

  21. He was a good dude for his short time in MN (other than the stupid decision to kick a glass door and cut his foot). He doesn’t look like the long term answer, but the results speak for themselves. The post-game chain thing was weak though — get your own bit Taylor.

  22. This all really should come down to that draft pick. If they continue to play Wentz, they will have to give a 2nd rounder to the colts versus a 3rd. That a pretty significant difference for there not being that big of a drop off between production in Heinike and Wentz. Keep the better pick and do what you can with Taylor and the rookie.

  23. Heinicke’s QB performance last night was energetic and fun and all, but his QBR was an embarrassing 62.4. Wash scored 32 points and not one of those came from a Heinicke pass. That’s not a long-term solution. The horror story, though, is that is far better than anything Wentz has done this season with the same unit.

    The lessons from last night are that (1) the Commanders are one solid QB away from being relevant, (2) they don’t have one now, and (3) Heinike is playing their way out of a decent draft shot.

  24. I don’t see Carson Wentz getting his job back any time soon. Heinicke has the team on the right track, so Rivera should stick with him. I know he’s not the long term answer, but he is the better option at the moment.

  25. On any other team, Taylor wouldn’t have a starting job (OK- maybe New England), but there’s no way you put Wentz (Rosen 2.0) back on that field.

  26. In the old days the ruse was ‘no one would loose their job over an injury”. Kind of coaches creedo.
    Now not so much unless said injured player was getting paid up the nose and the owner wanted said person to earn it.
    Heineken has earned it and the other guy wasnt that good before getting hurt, easy peasy decision.

  27. They’re not changing horses. Not this week anyway. Not against the Texans who are on pace to give up over 3,000 yards rushing. They TH show is perfectly suited to this game. Maybe against the Falcons. Riverboat Ron might also just throw a wrinkle at everybody and choose the QB based on the opponent. Why not? Neither is complete so use what they do best against the team it’ll work best against.

  28. Wentz has all of the talent in the world but he lacks something between his ears . Wentz needs to go see Tom Brady’s quarterback coach to get straightend out in the off season.

  29. Don’t care what the stats say, commanders have a better chance of winning with heinicke.

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