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Ron Rivera Presser: “I want guys that love playing professional football, not guys that love being professional football players”

Ron Rivera speaks to the media

NFL: Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Ron Rivera seemed to be in a good mood the morning after his team won the NFC East with a 20-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. One thing he was not in the mood for was apologies. This is been a hard season on and off the field, and this team earned their shot at the playoffs. He doesn't worry about what Doug Pederson did with his QBs last night, just like the teams that beat Washington didn't care about his coaching decision when they won.

Rivera heaped praise on the leaders of the team like Alex Smith, Terry McLaurin, and Chase Young. They are all captains for a reason, and they all pick up the team with their attitudes and work ethic. They are what professional football players look like, and they are what Rivera wants to build his team around.

Terry McLaurin:

Alex Smith, Antonio Gibson, and McLaurin playing Saturday?:

Tom Brady:

Defensive line:

Nate Sudfeld replacing Jalen Hurts:

Alex Smith:

Chase Young:


"Never die" attitude:

Benching Dwayne Haskins Jr. In Week 5:

Front line guys:

Fabian Moreau:

Overlooking teams with losing records in the playoffs:

Bruce Arians:

All-white uniforms:

Game plan:


Jack Del Rio: