Washington Football Team HC Ron Rivera Reveals Whether They Considered Drafting a Quarterback

Published 05/03/2021, 2:42 PM EDT
Dec 27, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) looks on from the sidelines after being benched against the Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


The Washington Football Team is an outfit that is on the come-up. After toiling for the last few seasons, Washington had a successful season last year. They reached the Playoffs as the only team from the NFC East.

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They lost to eventual champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a decent showing. There were a lot more positives than negatives as they made their exit from the Wildcard Round of the NFL Playoffs.

Washington Football Team Head Coach Ron Rivera was a guest on Good Morning Football. The panel asked him whether the franchise had any discussions about drafting a quarterback.

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Rivera confirmed that they did have some deliberations on the subject. And there were a lot of good players that they had their eyes on. However, in the end, they chose to bolster their team through the draft, rather than bringing in a new quarterback.

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“It was a big conversation we had, talking about the quarterback position, talking about the young men we liked a lot. But we also talked about an opportunity to solidify some other things. And if we dealt too much draft capital, we’d lose that opportunity.

“So we just thought maybe if we slip to the right number, we can go ahead and do it. So there was a conversation, but we really felt strongly about holding and just trying to fill the rest of the needs.”

Washington Football Team looking to build their team

Currently, the Washington Football Team is going forward with their current quarterback. Fans and analysts have tipped Ryan Fitzpatrick to be the starting quarterback, while Taylor Heinicke plays second fiddle.

Fitzgerald has proven to be more than serviceable during his tenure in the NFL and can provide solid veteran experience at the position for Washington. Whereas Heinicke continues to prepare for the starting role that is meant to come his way.

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Dec 13, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks to pass during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
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For Washington, they can use this season as another building year. If they can improve on their record last year, and win the NFC East again, they could use that momentum to bring in a star the next year.

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Furthermore, they can also save their assets and move up in the draft to select a highly rated quarterback prospect next year.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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