‘A Very Difficult Position’- Washington Football Team Head Coach Ron Rivera on Potentially Drafting a QB

Published 04/17/2021, 2:32 PM EDT


For the Washington Football Team, 2020 was a season unlike any other. With a new identity and new Head Coach in Ron Rivera, the team looked ready to make it back to the Playoffs for the first time since 2015. 

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And through what was a difficult year for the NFC East overall, WFT made it to the Playoffs, topping their division with a 7-9 losing record. 

The Washington Football Team was a force to reckon with on defense. But when it came to offense, the team often struggled due to the shortcomings of their quarterback. 

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Nov 26, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) and defensive tackle Tim Settle (97) and defensive end Ryan Kerrigan (91) celebrate a stop against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

With Rivera experimenting to find his team a QB1, WFT started 4 QBs over the course of the season. Namely Dwayne Haskins, Alex Smith, Kyle Allen, and Taylor Heinicke. 

While the team had varied success with its QBs, it decided to let go of Smith and Haskins to bring in veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick

The battle for the QB1 role is expected to go down between Fitzpatrick and Heinicke who put on quite a show in the side’s only playoff game last season. 

Could Washington Football Team draft a QB?

Interacting with the media, Rivera and Washington GM Martin Mayhew were asked about the franchise potentially drafting a QB. Rivera responded to this by saying that drafting a QB is easier said than done. 

“It’s a very difficult position… As everybody knows, where you’re being picked is no guarantee of success. So a lot of it has to do with who you pick. A lot of it has to do with that person’s makeup,” Rivera said.

“A lot has to do with your team. Do you have the ability to protect that player, and do you have playmakers around that player? There are a lot of factors that go into it,” he added.

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Mayhew, though, kept his cards close to himself, revealing very little about his side’s draft strategy.

“It’s a really good question and one I won’t answer for strategic reasons. We feel very confident and comfortable with the quarterbacks on our roster right now.” 

Although WFT looks unlikely to draft a QB in the upcoming draft, who would you pick as a potential long-term QB for the franchise?

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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