Ron Rivera managed to make sense of the disastrous NFC East this season and led the Washington Football Team to its first division title since 2015. But the team may have fared better if their quarterback situation had been different, at least that’s what the head coach mean looking back.
Rivera, whose team lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the wildcard round, was honest about his mistakes last season in an interview with WJFK on Monday, and he pointed back to the start of his problems in training camp.
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“Yeah, I wanted that. I wanted that,”
Washington went through four quarterbacks this season.
The season started with second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins as starter before Rivera benched him for Kyle Allen, who he previously coached in the Carolina Panthers.
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After Allen suffered a season-ending leg injury, Alex Smith was upgraded to starting quarterback until Washington’s wild-card game against the Bucs, when fourth-string quarterback Taylor Heinicke was named starter instead of an injured Smith.
“What I’m saying is that I made a mistake and I own it, and that’s the truth,” Rivera continued Monday. “To put it simply, that’s what I say. I’m just being honest.”
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It is unclear which direction Rivera will go next season for quarterbacks.
Heinicke made his case during his breakout performance over the weekend, which Rivera said “he earned an opportunity.”