‘Playing There Made Me Better': Ereck Flowers Excited About Washington Return

Ereck Flowers 'very excited' about return to Washington originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Washington Football Team bolstered its interior offensive line on Tuesday, trading for guard Ereck Flowers just one season after he signed a three-year deal with Miami.

Flowers, who revived his career in Washington in 2019 after switching from tackle to guard, spoke with Josina Anderson shortly after news of the trade broke and shared his overwhelming excitement to return to the nation's capital.

"I'm very excited. I love Washington," Flowers said. "I already talked to all the guys this morning. It was a great experience. I had a lot of fun there. I already have a relationship with [offensive line coach John] Matsko. I'm very excited."

Part of Flowers' excitement about returning to Washington is the fact that he knows he's returning to a situation he's previously had success in. Sure, the coaching staff is different, but much of the offensive line remains the same from when he played there in 2019.

Flowers attributed the chance to play alongside Morgan Moses, Brandon Scherff, Chase Roullier and others in 2019 as the main reason he found success at guard that season, and thus, changed his career for the better. 

"I talked to Scherff, Geron [Christian]. I talk to Mo [Moses] all the time," Flowers said. "I loved it up there. Great line. Chase Roullier is a great center. Playing up there really made me better. And I'm excited to get back up there and continue to get better."

Additionally, Flowers cited the chance to play under former Washington offensive line coach Bill Callahan as another major reason for his success.

"Luckily, I got to play for the best O-Line coach in the league in Bill Callahan. I had a right guard [in Scherff], All-Pro, one of the best guards in the league," Flowers said. "So every day I go to practice, I get taught, then I get to see the example. That's hard to come by. That really helped me excel."

Flowers didn't necessarily want out from Miami, but he understands the trade is part of the business of the NFL. The guard told Anderson he's just happy that the Dolphins traded him to a situation he wanted to be in, something a lot of players don't get the chance to have in the NFL.

"It's business. I'm just so happy they sent me to a place I loved being," Flowers said.

The 27-year-old went on to say that the main reason he signed with the Dolphins last offseason was to live out a childhood dream. Flowers, a South Florida native, played his high school ball at Miami Norland before starring for the Miami Hurricanes in college. By signing with the Dolphins, the guard had the chance to play all three levels of football in his home city.

While Flowers' decision to join the Dolphins had plenty to do with non-football-related reasons, his excitement rejoining Washington has everything to do with the organization itself. 

"Coming down here was really for the city where I'm from, my family, everybody I knew growing up. That was the means for my whole excitement coming down here. It had nothing to do with the organization," Flowers said.

"I think Washington, for me, has to do with the organization and the people in there," Flowers continued. "I'm really excited to get back up there, to get better and hopefully go up there and have some success. ... I'm just excited for the next chapter."

Flowers has yet to speak with Washington head coach Ron Rivera since the trade, so he's not sure exactly what his role will be. But, whatever Washington asks him to do, he's ready for it.

"I'm going to go down there and whatever they want me to do, I'm going to work and hopefully win some games. That's all I want to do," Flowers said.

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