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The Ryan Kerrigan walk-off, at least of the 2020 season. Strode up and down the home sideline. Took his time. pic.twitter.com/LvOUZdlRZe— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) January 10, 2021
Ryan Kerrigan came out, sat on the bench and just looked around. Had a towel with him and kept wiping his eyes. Then he waved to stadium workers as he walked toward the tunnel.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 10, 2021
Definitely one of those "last moment" feels. pic.twitter.com/DO97nP5kmr
Whatever happens next, Ryan Kerrigan is the franchise’s all-time sacks leader. The 2011 first rounder says he never could have imagined such things back then. "That's pretty damn cool."— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) January 10, 2021
More Kerrigan: "I still feel I've got a lot of ball in me.... a lot of productive years left."— John Keim (@john_keim) January 10, 2021
Kerrigan on his future: "I definitely want to be a starter again... I don't think anybody wants to settle for being a role player, a reserve player."— John Keim (@john_keim) January 10, 2021
Ryan Kerrigan described post game walk as "a lot of emotions" -- "I'm glad I did that." #WashingtonFootball— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) January 10, 2021
Ron Rivera says he will meet with owner Dan Snyder tonight or tomorrow and he will inform him of his intent on the QB situation moving forward.— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) January 10, 2021
Ron Rivera said the offseason debrief begins shortly. That will include speaking with the owner to explain Ron's intentions moving forward. The QB is "one of the most important things we have to get done moving forward."— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) January 10, 2021
Rivera on building on this season: "If we come back fat and lazy we'll get the crap kicked out of us. That won't be acceptable."— John Keim (@john_keim) January 10, 2021
Rivera on fans: "Imagine what it would have been like yesterday to have fans behind us and get momentum going, when to cheer or when to boo referees when they miss a call. Hint."— John Keim (@john_keim) January 10, 2021
.@RiverboatRonHC is funny - He was talking about how great the fan base is and how he's hoping to really get it going when fans are back.— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) January 10, 2021
Dropped a how much he would have loved to hear boos when refs missed calls last night.
Safe to say - he's not happy still about it.
Ron Rivera very clear he expects no major changes to his coaching staff— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) January 10, 2021
Rivera said there will be no major staff changes. "No, no, no."— John Keim (@john_keim) January 10, 2021
Scherff on if he wants to stay here long term: "Absolutely. I love it here. I love coach Rivera; I love coach Matsko. I love everybody, love the defensive guys here. We are building something to absolutely make a run for it in the future."— John Keim (@john_keim) January 10, 2021
Brandon Scherff once again brings up how he wants to stay with the franchise that drafted him, so I asked him why. His answer: "Finishing what you started. I like to do that... Hopefully I can sign my name to stay here"— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) January 10, 2021
RG Brandon Scherff reiterates how he "absolutely" wants to sign a deal to stay in Washington. He said RT Morgan Moses came up to him in the locker room last night and said, "That's not the last game we play together."— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) January 10, 2021
Our @WashingtonNFL football team with a new coach, a very young team, plus the COVID-19 virus won the NFC East! Not to mention, won the chance to get our guys a little bonus playoff experience for the future. Congratulations Guys, It’s good to feel a little WFT pride around here!— Darrell Green (@darrellgreen28) January 10, 2021
Regardless of the outcome what a great game by Heinicke!— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) January 10, 2021
Taylor Heinicke says he & @PatrickMahomes are repped by the same agency and he appreciates the support. Says he might have to text the #Chiefs superstar QB and take some tips from him. #WashingtonFootball— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) January 10, 2021
A zillion more storylines to unpack in the coming days out of this one. An appropriate end to one of the most eventful seasons in a long time. What a ride.— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) January 10, 2021
I don't know man, those white hoodies with the 'W' on them? Those are nice...— Washington Wire (@Washington_Wire) January 10, 2021
'The Washington Football Team' may be growing on me....
If you are trailing in a playoff game and call 3 straight running plays and punt, you are mandated to bring in a new QB the next season.— Football Perspective (@fbgchase) January 10, 2021
Sorry I don't make the rules.
Normally stopping Brees from scoring and getting a turnover on downs would be great news.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) January 11, 2021
All it does here is give #Bears fans one last look at Trubisky running the offense but starting from the half-inch line.
Every year the Washington media awards one player with the Good Guy Award for professionalism in dealing with the media (which, let's be honest, is not always easy).@john_keim presented this year's award to @TheTerry_25 pic.twitter.com/JUJYdDecjg— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) January 10, 2021
Highest-graded QBs Saturday:— PFF (@PFF) January 10, 2021
1. Taylor Heinicke - 92.0
2. Tom Brady - 90.8 pic.twitter.com/yY2QJPFFyA
Whether it's Alex Smith's comeback, Ron Rivera's battle with cancer, or Taylor Heinicke's legendary debut, Washington's 2020 season was ripe with storylines that could easily be turned into sports movies. https://t.co/MuI4PmFxBa— Washington Wire (@Washington_Wire) January 10, 2021
From Ron Rivera to Alex Smith to the name change to all the organizational upheaval the Washington Football Team was the NFL's best story in 2020. It just couldn't write a happy ending.https://t.co/LUaQLG1AOy— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) January 10, 2021
Taylor Heinicke dove for the pylon and launched himself into Washington football lore https://t.co/rF4RusVq1o— The Insider (@Insider) January 10, 2021
Terry McLaurin on Taylor Heinicke: "I'd take No. 4 on my team any day of the week — twice on Sundays. ... I hope we can be teammates in the future. ... That dude plays with no fear. ... He does everything you could ask of a quarterback in this league."— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 10, 2021
More from McLaurin on Taylor Heinicke: "He's a baller. He has the heart of the lion. ... He's a man of a few words, but his actions speak volumes. He was one of our leaders out there on the field."— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 10, 2021
"I couldn't end this season not playing. ... I'd do it twice over." Terry McLaurin on playing through injuries— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) January 10, 2021
Terry McLaurin said that he's not trying to look ahead. There's so much attrition in the NFL, he knows it'll be a different group next year.— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) January 10, 2021
The team has been through so much on and off the field, he wants to savor the time he has with his teammates
Morgan Moses on Taylor Heinicke "The guy's an awesome football player........He has that it factor. You just can't teach that."— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) January 10, 2021
Morgan Moses: "I'm just happy to be a part of this team and be a part of this culture."— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 10, 2021
When asked if he's felt like this before, he said, "it's been a long time."
Possible this is the best Washington fans have felt about their team at the end of a season at any point in the Snyder era? Heinicke's gutsy show brought this plane in for a soft landing we don't usually see.— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) January 10, 2021
Kevin Pierre-Louis played with Pete Carroll in Seattle (14-16)... Says "I can recognize when a good thing is starting to happen. I can truly recognize this organization is headed in the right direction."— John Keim (@john_keim) January 10, 2021
Kevin Pierre-Louis effusive in his praise of Rivera/where the team is headed.— John Keim (@john_keim) January 10, 2021
"I can tell my grandkids one day when they hear the Washington Football team that I was part of that. I saw the magic that was happening in the beginning."
Kevin Pierre-Louis meeting with media now -- says all of the pieces are here....— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) January 10, 2021
Acknowledged the chatter about tanking for a draft pick elsewhere...
"Nothing but a blessing to be a part of this program."
Would like to be back but is a free agent. "I would love to be back"
Jeremy Reaves: "Nine weeks ago I was a practice-squad guy fighting for a job every day. Yesterday I was starting in a playoff game. ... They trusted me, which says a lot about them, and I think says a lot about the work I put in when I was on the practice squad."— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 10, 2021
Exit interviews today. Won't share too many since you'll see them parceled out over the coming weeks, but one theme is a love for this coaching staff. Here's Jeremy Reaves, on Rivera sticking by him instead of signing Eric Reid. pic.twitter.com/mqWzX2qHq0— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) January 10, 2021
Heinicke on Alex Smith: "He's been helping me since the moment I got here. It just speaks volumes about Alex. ... He's a big part of this."— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 10, 2021
And another guy to the Alex Smith Mentoring List: Taylor Heinicke. pic.twitter.com/BCPzbO0ijR— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) January 10, 2021
Taylor Heinicke said he suffered an AC joint separation in the fourth quarter.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 10, 2021
He PLAYED with a AC joint separation in the fourth quarter.
Taylor Heinicke says he has an AC Joint shoulder separation and "it hurts like hell right now."— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) January 10, 2021
Also says he was told Friday he would start. #WashingtonFootball
Taylor Heinicke says he had an AC joint separation in his shoulder, but wanted to finish the game. pic.twitter.com/dQ0Ce8MTCZ— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) January 10, 2021
Taylor Heinicke had just 1 truly bad throw. His mobility & moxie were spectacular. His stats would be even better if not for 5 drops by my count & no-call on obvious DPI. And this all happened a) in just his 2nd career start b) vs. great defense & c) w/ virtually no running game.— Al Galdi (@AlGaldi) January 10, 2021
Taylor Heinicke finished last night's game with a 92.0 overall grade. That is the highest single-game grade @PFF has given to a Washington QB in nearly 14 years.— Nick Akridge (@PFF_NickAkridge) January 10, 2021
Just an incredible performance from a guy who was picked up off the streets a month ago. pic.twitter.com/5fcdjiu9HM
Hieneke plays all season and we go 10-6. Fight me— Bucket (@Bucket_WFTFan) January 10, 2021
Taylor Heinicke still has to take his final exams at ODU.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 10, 2021
Taylor Heinicke on 2021 season- “I love Ron. I want to be back in Washington.”— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) January 10, 2021
I fully expected Heinicke to be some clown-shoe version of Ben Denucci and to stink like a baby's diaper in the big moment. Instead he drove that car like he was Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit. #Legend #Respect— Steve Czaban (@czabe) January 10, 2021
Updated NFC East QB rankings:— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) January 10, 2021
1. Taylor Heinicke
2. Dak Prescott
3. Jalen Hurts
4. Alex Smith
5. Daniel Jones
6. Andy Dalton
7. Dwayne Haskins
8. A retired Tony Romo
9. Dak Prescott in a wheelchair
10. Carson Wentz
nothing but respect to Taylor Heinicke for going on this long quest to talk to Tom Brady only for him to say "good luck to ya!" and run away pic.twitter.com/65eNboHEFf— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) January 10, 2021
Bruce Arians on Taylor Heinicke: “He was very elusive. We knew he was going to scramble around, there were going to be bootlegs and scrambles. We were really hoping for Alex (Smith.) #GoBucs— Grace Remington (@GraceRemiWTSP) January 10, 2021
Rivera on the calls: I can't complain that they didn't get the rule right when we carried the ball into the end zone and I can't complain about the missed calls I was harping on.— John Keim (@john_keim) January 10, 2021
Proud of my guys . They fought and didn’t quit . @WashingtonNFL . Future is bright. Pleased to meet you— Wale (@Wale) January 10, 2021
Ron Rivera: "If we can grow and get better and add on pieces, we have a shot next year. We will be fun to watch. I'm just glad we were able to get the DMV something to cheer about. I promise you one thing: We'll show up and we'll play hard."— John Keim (@john_keim) January 10, 2021
Listening to @RiverboatRonHC interview. His clarity of vision, his confidence in the path ahead, & the way he owns decisions all inspire me. Hurts that these fighters, cut in Ron’s mold, have to wait until Fall. With this year 1 trajectory, special things lay ahead ⬆️ #OnTheWayUp— Jason Wright (@whoisjwright) January 10, 2021
Washington's off and def snap counts from last night. Main takeaways:— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) January 10, 2021
*TE Logan Thomas played almost every snap at a tough position this year
*Taylor Heinicke at 100%
*Team needs LBs; Mychal Kendricks at 27 snaps
*Slot CB split between Moreland and Moreau
*More 2TEs than usual pic.twitter.com/RLYF3x5N1r
Cam Sims went from Week 1 on the practice squad through leading WFT in receiving yards in a playoff game: "It was a nice journey. Showed you have to keep fighting through it all."— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) January 10, 2021
Says he improved the most by taking advantage of opportunities.
JD McKissic said it was good to see how mature Antonio Gibson was and how much he cares about the game and the team. ... "I'm proud to call him my son," he said, laughing.— John Keim (@john_keim) January 10, 2021
"I'm proud of myself. I'm proud of the work I put in."— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) January 10, 2021
"It shows you how good we are" on being able to win division with four different QB's -- "We fought hard." https://t.co/hWZnotvkWp
J.D. McKissic: "My thing is to chase greatness... Greatness is where I feel this team can be." Cited how everyone stepped up when Rivera dealt with his cancer diagnosis as an example.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) January 10, 2021
Logan Thomas: "Nobody thinks we've arrived"— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) January 10, 2021
Chase Young: "It felt good being a professional... You're just living out your dreams... I never take for granted that this is a dream come true"— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) January 10, 2021
Chase Young said his ankle was rolled up, and when asked if he would’ve played next week:— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) January 10, 2021
With a smile, “You know I would have played.”
Chase Young: "R.K. (@RyanKerrigan91) didn't have to open his arms to me."— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) January 10, 2021
Says they'll have a great relationship forever.
A year ago, Taylor Heinicke was readying for the start of the XFL season as the St. Louis Battlehawks’ backup.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 10, 2021
A month ago, he was taking classes at Old Dominion and working on his degree.
Tonight he threw for 311 yards while playing through pain in a huge spot. Respect.
- I'd like to believe that this season was a sign of things to come and not another one-and-done and we suck again. I honestly think we're looking at a window of being a contender. Really need more reliable offensive weapons and good QB play. And a couple more pieces on D— Robbie Duncan (@RobbieDuncanOL) January 10, 2021
continued from last bullet- I think this current 5 OL is legit. Lucas, Schweitzer, Roullier, Scherff, and Moses. This should be the 5 next season. Continue to build the depth but they deserve a ton of credit for how good they were this season. Especially Lucas and Schweitzer.— Robbie Duncan (@RobbieDuncanOL) January 10, 2021
Lucas was genuinely excited about playing left tackle because he's naturally left-handed. He said had to learn how to play right tackle when he started in the league.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) January 10, 2021
I guess a bad take is better than no take at all... https://t.co/fGMsXab5H8— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) January 10, 2021
Taylor Heinicke reached a top speed of 19.29 MPH on this 8-yard TD run, traveling 39.1 yards from snap to the moment he crossed the pylon.— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) January 10, 2021
Heinicke is responsible for the two fastest speeds by a ball carrier in tonight's game (19.29 & 19.25 MPH).#TBvsWAS | Powered by @awscloud pic.twitter.com/dTT5ClukWf
He’s not getting a Mahomes contract, but he could be signed for a couple million. I wouldn’t consider that all-in.— Chris (@ChrisToTheHess) January 10, 2021
A few million for the RFA deal pic.twitter.com/jy0QLu0csl— Scott Jennings (@ScottJenningsHH) January 10, 2021
Heinicke always had the tools to be an NFL QB. I'm not building my team around him, but if I'm a team who needs a solid backup, I'd try to sign him to a multi-year deal.— Nick Battaglia (@MercWithOneArm) January 10, 2021
Never heard guys praise a teammate quite like Washington's players praised Taylor Heinicke on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/y1FHbJaZGZ— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 10, 2021
Great game Washington Football team Great effort— Pierre Garçon (@PierreGarcon) January 10, 2021
all I gotta say...— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) January 10, 2021
tonight was FUN TO WATCH and that's because Taylor Heinicke stepped up huge & the coaching staff did a great job not holding anything back
aside from terrible refs (and all day long, really)...
this was a JOY TO WATCH
kudos Coach Rivera & Taylor Heinicke
The NFL’s Scouting Combine, a gateway to the league’s off-season and a tradition in Indianapolis since 1987, has been downgraded to questionable for next month with a decision on its future coming this week.https://t.co/vJWk1WoJbZ— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 10, 2021
Washington Football Team will select No. 19 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 10, 2021
Alex Smith says he and his family are going to have a conversation about next steps. Says he owes them that, they’ve been through a lot. He’s enjoyed playing, but needs to have that discussion with them before deciding anything about next season— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) January 10, 2021
TE Logan Thomas on QB Alex Smith: "I can't imagine him not trying to play football again next year. ... Having a feel for Alex, I feel like he wants to play."— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) January 10, 2021
Doug Pederson’s status as @Eagles coach is not firm, sources tell @Tim_McManus and me.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 10, 2021
Pederson could be out if owner Jeffrey Lurie is not confident about Pederson’s vision going forward after the two meet again soon.
Lurie’s concerns extend well beyond Carson Wentz, per sources.
That talk about a coach being traded is whispers about Doug Pederson to the #NYJets— John McMullen (@JFMcMullen) January 10, 2021
The Eagles are a mess.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) January 10, 2021
Also worth noting: One source said this week that, after Houston traded Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins last off-season, Deshaun Watson’s anger level was “a 2….This time, it’s a 10.” https://t.co/CsqZYbe3OK— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 10, 2021
is it customary for the backup QB to swaddle the starter in the Massive Quarterback Robe or does that only happen for superstars like Taylor Heinicke pic.twitter.com/YJx4eCjKou— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) January 10, 2021
I can’t wait to show y’all that Heineke touchdown I just shot....It’s beautiful! #WhyNotUs— Griffin Vision Photography (@VisionofGriffin) January 10, 2021
The Washington Football Team’s starting QB tonight pic.twitter.com/4lrm8vwwwE— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) January 9, 2021
When NFL ratings drop 10% in the 18-25 demographic in about 12 years, remember that the NFL decided to show children 3 and a half hours of the Bears offense as a way to showcase their product.— Mike Tanier (@MikeTanier) January 11, 2021
A life lesson:— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) January 10, 2021
Never give up... pic.twitter.com/0sKJJPVdoS
Madrid is completely covered in snow for the first time in decades.— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) January 11, 2021
The city responded in a great way...pic.twitter.com/SvHwwCZY4L
Tow-skiing in Madrid.. pic.twitter.com/EHVORemHov— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) January 9, 2021