The Washington Football Team got a lot healthier on their second day back from the bye week. Ron Rivera said he comes from the same era as Jack Del Rio, and they have a mutual respect for each other. They’re both old school coaches who are a little on the “crusty” side. Del Rio has a tendency to turn defenses around quickly, and he demands discipline and results from his players.
Rivera is still focused on building a new culture in Washington, and teaching the team how to win. The players are buying into the way Rivera and his staff do things, the way they need to practice. Rivera wants everyone to have a shared vision, and work towards the same goal. The process doesn’t happen overnight, and there will be bumps as they continue to build the team.
#NYGvsWAS injury report:— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 5, 2020
Geron Christian (knee) and Dontrelle Inman (hamstring) did not participate.
Everyone else was a full participant. That includes Montez Sweat, Isaiah Wright, Logan Thomas and Steven Sims Jr.
Jack Del Rio:
Rivera on Jack Del Rio: "Jack and I come from the same era, so we're both on the crusty side. ... This guy has had a lot of success."— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) November 5, 2020
Rivera likes Jack Del Rio's approach to the game. They're both old-school coaches, so he said they were a little on the "crusty side." He also said there is a mutual respect between them.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 5, 2020
Del Rio has a tendency to turn defenses around quickly. Rivera said he demands a lot from his players, and that has rubbed off on them.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 5, 2020
Ron Rivera on Jack Del Rio's success: 'If you show them you know what youre doing, show them you care about them, that makes a difference'— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) November 5, 2020
Rivera is wearing a shirt that says "UBUNTU," which is a word that means "I am because we are." It's a show of unity that he and J.D. McKissic have been talking about recently.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 5, 2020
Building a new culture:
“I felt comfortable with the things that we’ve done. I think the guys are buying into the way we need to do things, the way we need to practice. I think the thing we’re trying to do is get guys that are like-mind, that share vision, that share the process. I like what [G] Brandon Scherff said after the Dallas game, and that is: ‘I talked to the guys about the process.’ Everybody talks about the process of building, building, building—well, at a certain point the process has to end. Now, the rest of it starts to take over. That’s kind of where I think we are. I thought we had a really good couple of months leading up to where we are. I feel very comfortable and confident the guys understand what we want from them. As we go through this, we’re going to go through bumps. We’re going to go through ups and downs and also some really good periods and some really low periods. It’s all a part of growing. Each thing that we do I believe is just another part of growing. I’m pretty excited about where we are right now.”
Rivera said he and the rest of the team did a self-evaluation in the bye week, but he isn't saying anything on what was discussed. There's no reason to give opponents a glimpse into what the team is doing.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 5, 2020
Rivera said that the team will put together a video of both his decisions and decisions from around the league. Then he'll meet with Senior Vice President of Football Administration Rob Rogers and talk about those decisions.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 5, 2020
Some good clarity from Ron Rivera - when he talks about coaching by gut feel - points out he's been in the NFL for 35 years. He takes all things into account but "I'm going to stick to my guns."— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) November 5, 2020
“It’s having the impact that you would envision. But to be honest, I think it could be better. I really do. I think it’s a good, young group that’s still learning and growing and figuring their way out. There are still some elements of learning that they have to do, some bad habits that we’ve got to get corrected. When I say bad habits, some techniques that they used to use in a different style. This is a completely different defense. So, we’ve got to get them to learn those techniques and learn those habits and develop them. You guys heard me say it, it takes about 5,000 reps before things start to get different. We’re not even close yet. We’ve still got a lot of work to do. We’ve still got a lot of practice to do and developing and growing to get this team to where we want it to be.”
Return to normal:
Rivera says he's getting closer to returning to his normal coaching schedule. He's coming in at 6 a.m. But he's still adjusting. He says he still takes naps before practice.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) November 5, 2020
Ron Rivera says he's getting back to normal but still taking meds, of course.— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) November 5, 2020
He's getting to the facility around 6 AM but still taking a nap before practice. Doesn't need golf cart anymore. #WashingtonFootball @WSHFootballSI
Steven Sims Jr.:
Rivera says Steven Sims adds a different element to Washington's offense: "We've missed that underneath guy." Still noncommittal to him playing Sunday.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) November 5, 2020
Rivera said Steven Sims has looked good in practice, but he wants to see how he feels tomorrow morning.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 5, 2020
Rivera on S. Sims: "he takes pressure off Terry and Cam and Logan& when you don't have that presence [underneath] there it changes your targeting for a quarterback, it changes the way your offense is called. He's done a nice job; he's worked in and out. Hopefully he'll be back."— John Keim (@john_keim) November 5, 2020
Salute to Service:
Ron Rivera, when talking about the #SaluteToService game coming up to @ScottABC7 about his leadership and what he learned - he said one of most important things is when you are in charge, you take bottom-line responsibility for anything and everything.— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) November 5, 2020
Rivera said there were several things he learned from living in a military family, namely taking responsibility for your actions. There's also a discipline that comes with it along with building an "us" mentality, and that's something he's tried to implement on the team.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 5, 2020
Rivera on Chase Young: "The way he practices is pretty impressive."— John Keim (@john_keim) November 5, 2020
If you just focus on the sack total with him, you're missing quite a bit.
Rivera also added that teams are going to chip him, look for where he lines up, and has told Young to remain patient. Young players want to burst on the seam, but Rivera has told the rookie just keep working, and the numbers will improve.— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) November 5, 2020
Learning how to win:
“I think the biggest thing is, and I talked about it, you learn to win because you play to win. Now you’ve got to learn to win by practicing to win. I asked the guys and made a comment about it today: ‘There’s a little thing about how you practice. Did you practice like a champion today?’ We’re seeing it. We’re seeing our practices have been getting better. They’re not where they need to be and they’re not where they should be. We’re going to work to get those things up because they have to understand that you take what you put onto the practice field into the game field. We have some veterans that practice the right way. We have some young guys that practice the right way. Terry McLaurin is a great example of a young guy. Brandon Scherff and [T] Morgan Moses are examples of older guys that practice the right way. We’ve got to get everybody practicing the right way. I talked about it today, guys that are on the show team—you can’t think about it as a hassle: ‘Oh, I’ve got to go on the show team.’ No. If I’m on the show team, now’s a time for me to work my skillset. Now’s a chance for me to improve my technique. It’s also a chance for me to help give a good picture and a good look for my teammates.”
Fans back at FedEx Field:
“I think probably the biggest thing that I really do appreciate—and I can’t wait to have a full stadium here—has been this fanbase. Most of my appreciation has come as an opponent. I know walking into this stadium when there’s a crowd, it’s not easy. That’s one thing that you can always rely on as a player, especially when you’re winning, that your home crowd is going to be there and they’re going to be behind you. They’re going to be fired up, they’re going to get after the opponent, they’re going to cheer and know when not to. That you can draw energy from. When you make a big play and something great happens and the crowd erupts, that energy level is just crazy. It’s been kind of strange because the first time against Philadelphia walking in and not having anybody there, to be honest with you, once the game started I wasn’t really aware the crowd wasn’t there until there was a lull. Then, most recently, against Dallas when we had friends and family, that was pretty awesome because you could hear the friends and family. The families were making some pretty good noise. I’m excited. I know it’s going to be a limited number this week, about 3,000 folks. With the friends and family, which was somewhere around 500, making the noise they did, I can only imagine what 3,000 is going to sound like. Like I said, I can’t wait to have 80,000 in that stadium because it’s going to be pretty awesome.”
Jack Del Rio wants to build on what the defensive line has done to start the season, and to continually improve. The DL works together with the LBs and the secondary to have success. He threw out the cliche that football is the ultimate team sport. When all three levels of the defense are working together, that’s when you can do some really special things.
Jack Del Rio
Jack Del Rio is addressing the media right now. Daniel Jones tends to commit turnovers, but Del Rio said Jones also has plenty of tools and other weapons on offense.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 5, 2020
“For us, it’s just to build on the start that we had to the season. We’re looking to continually improve. We established high standards. Our expectations are very high. We’re going to keep pushing for that. The biggest thing that I’m excited about is the way I’ve seen the guys working at it, the energy they bring every day. Positive things come about with that type of approach. I’m pleased with the way that we’re attacking it. We’re seeking to be better, and we should be better as the year goes on.”
“We’ve done some really good things and we have some areas where we’re going to continue to improve. We’re going to work at it collectively. To me, there’s too much of an attempt to separate the D-line from the linebackers and DBs. It all works together. I’ll throw a cliché at you: ‘It’s the ultimate team sport.’ It just is. A good rush is going to have a hard time if you don’t have coverage. Good coverage is going to potentially break down if you don’t have a good rush. It really does tie together. As a former linebacker, I understand the linebackers are tied to the front and the back end. All three levels of your defense are important. When they’re all working together, that’s when you can do some really special things.”
Learning from coaching previous defenses:
“I think you certainly learn everywhere. Everywhere you are, you’re learning. I’ve had a chance—if you go all the way back to the history of where I started, you have to start with me as a player and the systems I was exposed to as a player. People like Tony Dungy that were a huge impact on my life and the way I do things. I think if you go all the way back that way, obviously I’ve been coaching a long time. You grow as you go. Certainly, you have to change, you have to stay current with the times. Challenges that the defenses face in today’s world are much different than they were 20 years ago. I seek to stay current. To me, it’s not about only one person. I’m a person that puts together and helps coordinate it. But the reality is we have a lot of good coaches and players that are working really hard to help this thing get turned in the right direction. That’s kind of how I approach it. I come in with great energy every day excited to do what I do. I love to communicate. I love to teach. I love to motivate. We come in and attack it every day and have a little fun on the way. We’re hoping to be better as we go through the season.”
Player to coach:
Del Rio said he has had the chance to learn a lot in his experience as a player and coach, which has helped shape his coaching style.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 5, 2020
Del Rio said Chase Young is doing a great job and comes out with great energy. His numbers are going to come soon. He just wants Young to continue being the talented player he is.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 5, 2020
Young dropping on zone blitzes:
“I think, first of all, he’s not going to drop a lot. But the last game, he actually—we added it up—he ended up being the guy who ended up being called on the drop seven times, which was never part of the plan to have him drop that much. It just worked out that way. It was totally freakish. It could’ve gone the other way. It just had to do with where they aligned. He wasn’t the designated drop-guy, it just happened. Without talking too much about scheme, the bottom line is he’s doing a great job. He plays hard, he works hard, he’s a great teammate. He comes out with great energy every day. His numbers are going to come. We really just want to encourage him to stay the course and continue to be the fine young man that he is and continue to play with an edge.”
“We’ve worked hard at becoming sound in what we’re doing in the back end and limiting the number of explosive plays that we allow. When you talk about explosive plays, you’re typically talking about the back end, leverage issues, missed tackles or missed assignments. We’re working hard as a defense to minimize those, make offenses have to work and not allow explosive plays the best we can. Obviously, communication is key. Leverage and tackling is key, having an understanding of where you belong and being in there and being accountable for your teammates is a part of it. I like the way our group has worked at it. I think we’re an improving group, but we have a lot of work to do yet as we get into the second half of the year.”
Just asked Kam Curl about this. Said it was an awesome experience to get to know some of the military members. I then followed up about his Madden talents. He smiled and said, "I'm like that" (and then he kinda trashed Saahdiq a bit too) https://t.co/UWMEKvPP9t— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) November 5, 2020
Building of the Cowboys win:
Daron Payne talking to the media now. Said the team is trying to build off of the Dallas win and a string of good practices recently.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 5, 2020
Payne thinks his strongest area right now is in the run game. He feels like he's dominating in the run game, and I'm not going to argue.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 5, 2020
Daron Payne just told us practices have been sharper as of late. A few other players have said that as well. When asked what's changed, he thinks that the team has a better idea of how Ron and Jack want things to run— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) November 5, 2020
Regarding Chase Young, Payne said it's always fun to play with players of his caliber.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 5, 2020
Antonio Gibson talking to the media now. Said he mostly used the bye week to relax and recharge for the final stretch of the season.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 5, 2020
Gibson jokes with the media about J.D. McKissic's personality: "J.D. does not stop talking."— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 5, 2020
Very friendly and outgoing to everyone.
Mom’s season grade:
Rookie Chase Young talking to the media now. @john_keim just asked Young what his mom thought of his first seven games.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 5, 2020
"She gave me like a C+. So I took that on the chin and got to keep moving." Young joked that the C+ was because he wasn't leading the league in sacks.
Young: "This practice, I felt real good out there today."— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 5, 2020
Another breakout game could be coming.
Young just related playing football to playing tic-tac-toe. You play it once, you're still learning. You play it 100 times, and you know what to do. Young learned a lot during the first half of the season and is ready for these final 9 games.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 5, 2020
Chase Young on a rematch with the Giants: "When you play a team twice, it comes down to who watches film more and who's more technical."— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 5, 2020
Considering Young's manager said he watches film like other people scroll Instagram, I like his chances to succeed Sunday.
Earlier today, Rivera said the way Young practices is "truly impressive." Young said his practice habits go all the way back to high school, when he would play middle linebacker on the scout team and just mess up the starting offense.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 5, 2020