Commanders fire defensive line coach Sam Mills III

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Carolina Panthers' Julius Peppers (90) runs a drill with assistant defensive line coach Sam Mills III, right, during the NFL football team's minicamp in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) ** FILE **

Carolina Panthers’ Julius Peppers (90) runs a drill with assistant defensive line coach Sam Mills III, right, during the NFL football team’s minicamp in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) ** FILE ** more >

By Matthew Paras - The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 9, 2022

ASHBURN — The Washington Commanders fired defensive line coach Sam Mills III, coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday — a move that came as a major surprise with the team more than two weeks into training camp.

Rivera said Mills, who had been with Washington since 2020, was let go over a difference in philosophy. The Commanders promoted assistant defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina to fill the role. 

Rivera and Mills had worked together prior to the Commanders. Mills, the son of linebacker Sam Mills — who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last weekend — was part of Rivera’s initial staff when the coach was hired in 2011 by the Carolina Panthers. He was promoted to the Panthers defensive line coach in 2018. 

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