Washington HC Ron Rivera: ‘Players Aren’t Robots. They are Human and Deal with Real Life Issues too’

Published 12/28/2021, 2:14 PM EST
Dec 26, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Washington Football Team defensive tackle Daron Payne (94) walks off the field after the loos to the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Two nights ago, the Dallas Cowboys handed a humongous 56-14 defeat to Ron Rivera and his men. A week earlier, the team lost DB Deshazor Everett. Before that, the team suffered a COVID outbreak.

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Currently third in NFC East, Ron Rivera, and the Washington Football Team are currently on a three-match losing streak. Marred with injuries, COVID, and unsportsmanlike conduct, the future seems bleak for Washington.

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Ron Rivera motivates his team and calls for a breather amidst the crisis

Due to recent bad luck and circumstances, the media has been targetting the Washington-based team. Post the heavy defeat to Dallas, HC Ron Rivera was asked about his team’s results, to which he angrily asked the media and the world to give them a breather thanks to their situation. “Players aren’t robots. They are human and deal with real life issues too,” said Rivera.

When times are tough, champions get created. Washington is currently going through their worst phase in recent history, but coach Rivera doesn’t want his team to give up. Post the Dallas game, the gaffer was quipped about how he would motivate his team, and the answer was simple – “We’re going to play them to win.” 

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“Well, more so than anything else, we’ve got to games left to play, and we’re going to play them to win,” said Rivera. “That’s just the way it is. I told them, I said, ‘If you play this game long enough, you’re going to get beat like this. It happens. How you respond to it, how you bounce back, how you play, that tells more about who you are than anything else.'”

Dec 26, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Washington Football Team outside linebacker David Mayo (51) sets the play with defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (93) and defensive tackle Daron Payne (94) during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

The times are really tough, and a playoff spot currently looks out of contention. Where do you see Washington finishing at the end of the season? Share your predictions in the comments section below!

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is an NFL and Football writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xavier's College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite soccer club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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