Rivera’s solution for start 1-2: “Do your job”
The Washington football team are one yard away from a 0-3 start.
Maybe even less. No matter how close, New York Giants defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence’s offside penalty is why the WFT have a win. This one-meter movement into the neutral zone, whether ahead or not, makes the difference between winless and 1-2.
Not a good place to be if you’re an NFL franchise with playoff aspirations.
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Washington coach Ron Rivera had a strong message that his players don’t do their jobs.
“The thing that I have more trouble with than anything is that we just have to play the patterns as they’re designed,” Rivera said of his team. “They are put in place in a specific way, and there is a responsibility to that. You have to do your job and you have to be mature enough to handle this situation and these circumstances.”
Speaking to the media after the loss on Sunday, Rivera made a comment that hinted that the coaching staff were considering a change in the way they teach their plans, at the very least.
After Monday’s comments, that seems less likely.
Now it seems possible that the coaching staff will get back to work teaching the same tactics, the same manners, while waiting for the players to catch up.
Waiting for them next weekend is a relatively easier matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, who have just claimed their first victory of the year against the New York Giants. The Falcons are considered near or below the NFC South.
An effective leader knows how to distribute responsibility and accountability. Rivera is widely viewed as an effective leader and doesn’t let the coaching staff, or himself, get away with it.
“We as coaches too, you know, we have to help,” he said. “We have to make sure we put them in a position to be successful. We all make mistakes.… I made a few decisions yesterday and both backfired on us.… Me.”
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Some fans are already asking for the replacement of coordinators and coaches. One way to silence the critics is to win. The WFT needs a few more meters to follow its path.