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Ron Rivera Presser: “‘If what we did last year you think is good enough, it’s not. You’re wrong.’ It’s not good enough because it was only good enough for 3-13”

Ron Rivera speaks to the media after today’s practice

Ron Rivera talked to reporters after the Washington Football Team’s first practice since Tuesday. The team decided to postpone yesterday’s scheduled scrimmage at FedEx Field to discuss social injustice and racism as a football family. He said most of the players responded when they returned to practice but a few seemed distant after recent events.

Rivera discussed a few issues he’s concerned about with the limited physical practices the team has been allowed to have this offseason due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. He has talked about tackling and penalties before, and he continues to see issues that need to be addressed in practice. One player who has not had issues with tackling during training camp has been free safety Troy Apke. Rivera has praised him multiple times, and continues to play fast and aggressive. Chase Young got more work in today and was impressive. He also mentioned Montez Sweat getting stronger in the offseason.

Washington’s running backs room has been loaded all offseason. Even after Derrius Guice was cut following a domestic violence arrest, the team is going to have some tough decisions to make. Antonio Gibson appeared to hurt his leg in practice today, but Rivera said he was just kicked in the shin, and had to work it through the “owie”. They have been throwing a lot at Gibson since being drafted in the 3rd round, which has led to some confusion, but he has done a nice job of handling it. He also said don’t count our Bryce Love who is making his come back to the field after missing his rookie season due to an ACL tear on the last play of hist college career at Stanford. J.D. McKissic is the versatile type of RB that Offensive Coordinator likes in his offense.

Rivera talked about building a winning culture and the changes he’s seen since taking over almost 8 months ago. He notices the small things that have started to happen from things players are saying to little actions they are taking. He noticed some selfishness early on, but now he sees more encouraging signs from veterans mentoring young players on their own, to guys picking up trash in the locker room.

“I think that’s the important thing that the players get across to one another: ‘There’s a lot of work to do. We’ve got to change the way things have been done in the past.’ Because, one of the things that I always tell the guys: ‘If what we did last year you think is good enough, it’s not. You’re wrong.’ It’s not good enough because it was only good enough for 3-13. So, we’ve got to get past that and get to where we want to go. That’s what I said in terms of it’s important that we build a winning, sustainable culture.”

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Tackling:

Penalties in practice:

Alex Smith:

Antonio Gibson:

Chase Young:

Montez Sweat:

J.D. McKissic:

Joshua Garnett:

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Bryce Love:

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Troy Apke:

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