Head Coach Ron Rivera spoke to the mediaPosted by Washington Football Team on Thursday, November 12, 2020
Latest injury report:— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 12, 2020
DNP: Kyle Allen, Geron Christian Sr., Thomas Davis Sr.
LIMITED: Dustin Hopkins, Jared Norris, Dontrelle Inman
FULL: Jeff Badet, Antonio Gibson
Antonio Gibson, who got the day off yesterday, back in action today at practice. "No issues, no concerns," Rivera says.— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) November 12, 2020
Rivera says Gibson getting a "better understanding of protections... one thing looking for is to start understanding and press the inside hole more." Points out, again, how he ran more outside zone in college. Takes time. Saw him be a little more patient last week— John Keim (@john_keim) November 12, 2020
McKissic was called a third-down back by some, but Rivera thinks he can play on every down because of his multi-dimensional ability.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 12, 2020
Rivera said Jeff Okudah is a good corner who plays with his eyes and anticipation.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 12, 2020
Rivera said transition to this D has hurt run game more. With the LBs he said he wants them to "once you read your keys and get going, you have to go. You can't hesitate or second guess. Defensive line is counting on you to be definitive..."— John Keim (@john_keim) November 12, 2020
I'm trying to break a habit here.— Scott Abraham (@ScottABC7) November 12, 2020
And @RiverboatRonHC calls me out immediately today!
Then @PeteHaileyNBCS delivers the knockout.
Rivera said the players have been diligent in staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. He attributes the team's support staff for that.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 12, 2020
Former Lions players:
Logan Thomas and J.D. McKissic both played for Detroit last year. When asked how much that helps with the game plan, Rivera said "a lot." They can give valuable insight about the players and coaches they wouldn't normally have.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 12, 2020
Head Coach Ron Rivera spoke about what he has seen from Chase Young.— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) November 12, 2020
Rivera says that offenses are not always going to be able to use multiple players to try and stop Chase Young. Rivera added the sacks will come for the No. 2 pick.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 12, 2020
NFL minority coaching hiring:
Asked about the NFL's new rule that rewards team for developing minority coaches, Ron Rivera said it's a plus before adding he'd like to see guys hired based on merit. He specifically said Eric Bieniemy deserves a head coaching job.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) November 12, 2020
Ron Rivera, asked about the NFL's initiative to incentivize hiring minority coaches, said he hopes we can get past that. But he also twice shouted-out Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy as someone who "clearly" deserves a chance to be a head coach.— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) November 12, 2020
Regarding Dustin Hopkins' groin injury, Rivera said "we'll see." Added Hopkins will have to do some kicking either tomorrow or Saturday to help the team Sunday.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 12, 2020
Rivera said backup Kaare Vedvik kicked well today. He's still on the practice squad.
Ron Rivera on K Dustin Hopkins (groin). "We'll see. I'm not the doctor, but he'll probably have to do some kicking tomorrow or Saturday if he's going to be able to help us Sunday."— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) November 12, 2020
Said he's "pleased" with backup Kaare Vedvik's work to date.
Head coach Ron Rivera called Kam Curl a "young Kendall Fuller," and Fuller agrees with that as far as both of their versatility. Curl is playing strong safety now, but he also has experience as a third safety and at corner.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 12, 2020