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Commanders fire defensive line coach Sam Mills III, promote Jeff Zgonina

The Washington Commanders fired defensive line coach Sam Mills III on Tuesday morning, Coach Ron Rivera announced. The timing was surprising Rivera hasn’t fired a coach during training camp and Rivera said he made a decision not due to the defensive lines underperformance last season, but due to philosophical differences, though he declined to provide specifics.

Mills spent the initial 15 years of his career with the Carolina Panthers and done Riveras staff in Carolina from 2011 through 2019. Washington hired him in January 2020.

Jeff Zgonina, the assistant defensive line coach, was promoted to displace Mills. Zgonina played for seven teams across 17 seasons in the NFL. He retired following the 2009 season, started his coaching career in 2013 and served because the defensive line coach in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA in 2017 and 2018.

By the end of your day, its sad, defensive tackle Jon Allen said. I believe me and Coach Sam were consistently getting along effectively. We were really making some progress as a defensive unit. Its the NFL. People just surely got to remember its an excellent game but an awful business.

It is a developing story and you will be updated.

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