In a perfect world, maybe the young talented rookie on a 7-9 team that was lucky to win a bad division doesn’t call out one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play football. Maybe that rookie celebrates the win with a degree of “class” that doesn’t stir up old people screaming about it on Twitter and television and on the radio. Maybe that rookie hugs his coach, hugs his teammates, and walks off the field with a hat that reads, “2020 NFC East Champions.”
Or maybe he doesn’t.
When Chase Young shouted, “I want Tom” running off the field after winning the division you would’ve thought the world was ending. “Everybody run for the hills Tom Brady now has bulletin board material, Washington doesn’t stand a chance!!!”
Serious question, who cares?
The Washington Football Team is playing with house money. If you’re playing with house money, you might as well go all in.
Ron Rivera admitted he did cringe at the move. But he then twisted the narrative and praised Chase and other members of the roster as being guys that loved playing football. I’ll be damned if that isn’t liberating.
Rivera is a hard-nosed coach that was brought in to change the culture, and he has. But in the process, he’s never not allowed guys to be themselves. That’s been the biggest achievement in Rivera’s first year.
Sports are supposed to be fun. So damnit, let’s go have some fun.
In this podcast, I also discussed the idea of rotating quarterbacks. An idea that at it’s absolute best is Williams-Schroeder 2.0 and at absolute worst completely blows up in Rivera’s face.