'Very Satisfying' - Ron Rivera Says he expected Win against Carolina

Now, Ron Rivera, the head coach of the Washington Football Team, returned to Carolina for the first time as an opposition last Sunday, defeating his previous team, the Panthers, 27-21, game was well aware of. While the boss attempted to keep the fixture mentality ahead of the game, it's crystal clear Rivera badly desired to leave Bank of America Stadium with the win.

On Tuesday, he joined the Sports Junkies and was questioned how good it felt to beat his former side. He admitted it was "very satisfying," but not only for the obvious reasons.

Rivera said, "It was very satisfying, [But], mostly because of the way our guys played. I really appreciated the effort they had. I really appreciated the whole preparation during the week and everything we did."

The history of Rivera with the Panthers is known pretty well around. He managed the club for about nine seasons and led the side to four NFC South titles, clearly visible by a 15-1 record and an appearance in the Super Bowl in 2015. He was eventually sacked from the organization after 12 matches in the 2019 campaign.

After the contest, Terry McLaurin -- who hauled in about five catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in the win -- echoed the boss’s thoughts, attributing the team's brilliant outing to a great week of intense practice leading up to the contest.

McLaurin said, "I just think we have put two good weeks of practice together first and foremost, You’re creating a winning formula. It’s good to get this roll going, two in a row. I think the formula still needs to stay the same but continue to improve on the things that we need to improve on."

Throughout his over 10 years’ career as head coach, Rivera's sides have almost annually gotten off to slow season starts before ending the campaign strongly. In his nine years in charge of the Panthers, Rivera had a 30-31-1 record through his team's first seven weeks of a campaign. But from Week 8 onward, his Panther sides finished 48-36 with many meilleurs jeux casino recording them.

That trend continued in 2020 in Rivera's debut campaign with Washington, as his side went 5-4 over the side's final nine contests en route to an NFC East title. A similar route is beginning to form once again this term, as the Burgundy and Gold have won two straight contests following its bye week -- plus a massive win over the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday -- after starting the campaign 2-6.

Even before the team's two-match winning streak, Ron Rivera felt extremely confident the side could go on another second-half battle. On Tuesday, he went into further explain in detail as to why, saying the side is full of new faces and is beginning to learn how to play, develop and grow together.

Rivera said, "This is a group of different players. This is not the same 53 we had last year, this is not plug-and-play. This is learning, growing, and developing. Just because of what happened last year doesn't mean this is a plug-and-play. We're growing and developing."