LIVE: HC Ron Rivera speaks to the media https://t.co/YKXYpObRfI— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) October 10, 2022
Ron Rivera addressing the media. When it comes to establishing the run game, he said the team needs to be more consistent. Penalties that back the offense up make it difficult to get things going on the ground— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) October 10, 2022
“Well be more consistent. I mean, you’ve got to gain yards. If you’re going to run the football and run it successfully, you’ve got to be able to gain yards. You know, it was a good stout defense we played, but we had opportunities and one thing we can’t do is we can’t have penalties, silly penalties. Don’t necessarily agree with all of ‘em, but you just can’t have them.”
William Jackson III:
On CB William Jackson III:— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 10, 2022
Rivera: "We pulled him. For the most part, he did have a back (injury)."
On if he was pulled because of injury or performance: Rivera: "We pulled him. We'll leave it at that."
It’s not going to happen overnight...in Year 3:
“It means we gotta continue to work at it. It’s interesting because when you put all the pieces together that you want and you get ‘em there for that period of time, it starts to happen. So, we just gotta continue to work hard at it. That’s what I mean. I mean it’s difficult. It’s not hard and when the pieces change, sometimes the expectations change. Maybe they’re not as they were a year ago or two years ago, but things do change.”
What has changed if things are not where it was a year ago?:
“Offensive line. Quarterback. I mean there’s a lot of things that change.”
Ron Rivera: "The pressure is what you make of it. As I said, it's about being better top to bottom. And it's also about being more consistent."— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 10, 2022
Is there anything you would say you needed to do different on the last sequence at the goal line?:
“Yeah, I mean that’s the biggest thing. Like I always say too, let’s not forget the other team guys paid too because that was the heck of a play that young man made. I mean, not only did he jam Terry but he was able to slingshot himself into the way of making a play on the ball. If that’s the read you have and that’s the throw you’re going to make, that’s a pretty good decision and again, that’s the heck of a football play.”
Ron Rivera indicated he's especially frustrated over the inconsistency. They try to fix one issue and another one pops up. He also said he was particularly irked yesterday because he felt his team missed opportunities.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 10, 2022
“This is the missed opportunity. I mean, we played well enough to win, we just didn’t play consistent. You know, you have a couple of lows, you give up a couple of big plays and then you miss a couple opportunities. I mean, I know I’ve said that before, but that’s the truth. When you watch the tape, you go back, you watch the game, you see those things and sit there and say, ‘Wow, that was a missed opportunity, man. How can you know it gave up that big play there? That’s crazy but that’s part of the game.”
Getting past this point:
“Well, I think we have some pretty good pieces in place. I’d like to have them all on the field at the same time, but we don’t, we can’t. So this is the lot we have. So we could go, we have to go out and play. I mean that’s the truth of the matter is, you look at where we are offensively with the offensive line and it’s not what we started with. We’re getting our running backs back. Yesterday we played four tight ends, a second-year, playing three first year players.
One of the consistent spots has been to play the wide receivers. A couple of them came up really big yesterday. I thought Dyami really flashed and showed what he’s capable of. Terry made a couple of plays, the typical Terry plays and Curtis made a couple of nice catches and runs for first downs. I mean there’s some of those elements that you get excited about.
And then you see some of the command Carson has of the game, that touchdown he threw to, to Dyami with the check at the line of scrimmage. I mean, he’s starting to grasp and get the feel of it. Do we think there’s some promise there? Yeah. And then you look at what the defense did and you start saying, okay, there’s some promise there. You like what you’re seeing from the defense now and you don’t like giving up an explosive. You got the guy in third and six, you got the quarterback wrapped up and he flicks the ball out. It turns into a first down that sustains the drive and they go down and we blow a coverage and it’s a touchdown. It puts the ball on the goal line and then they score the touchdown the next play.
It’s that type of thing, that’s the sustained success you’ve got to build on. You make a good play, you gotta build on the next play. You get a chance to score, you gotta score touchdowns and those are the things that give you a chance to win.”
Ron Rivera on the Commanders: "I think we have some pretty good pieces in place. I'd like to have them all on the field at the same time"— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) October 10, 2022
Ron Rivera on how the team can work through the adversity...— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) October 10, 2022
"We have some pretty good pieces in place. I would like to have them all on the field at the same time. You look at where we are, our offensive line, it's not what we started with."
Dax Milne not fair catching a punt:
“Because the ball was gonna be short. I don’t know if he wanted to risk coming at it as fast as he could and potentially bobbing the ball and missing the catch. It’s one of those that if he goes in there and he’s running real hard, he has a chance to catch it, but at that point he might have thought something bad might have happened.”
Ron Rivera said "there's a good opportunity" for Antonio Gibson to be used as a returner this week now that Brian Robinson is back.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 10, 2022
"There's a good opportunity" that Antonio Gibson will get reps as returner Thursday, per Ron Rivera.— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) October 10, 2022
On the game's final punt Sunday, Dax Milne let the ball hit the ground. It proceeded to roll 20 yards. Ron thinks Dax didn't want to risk sprinting up and possibly bobbling it
This is the back and forth everybody is talking about right now.— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) October 10, 2022
Great line of questioning from @Matthew_Paras to Ron Rivera.
Why are the other NFC East teams farther ahead at this point?
Rivera - "Quarterback"
Full context below. https://t.co/Jk4XZj41dR pic.twitter.com/x5r6HXFKbk
Ron Rivera: "This is a quarterback-driven league, and if you look at the teams that have sustained success, they have built around their quarterback."— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 10, 2022
Ron Rivera on why Philly, Dallas and New York are outpacing Washington in rebuilding: "Quarterback."@Matthew_Paras pointed out Rivera chose Carson Wentz.— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) October 10, 2022
Rivera said he had "no regrets" about Wentz.
"He's done some good things, and he's had some struggles."
Rivera clarifies that he now believes Washington can build around Wentz for the future.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) October 10, 2022
When it was noted that the Cowboys are 4-0 with Cooper Rush, Ron responds by saying that Dallas has Dak and was able to build around Dak, which is in turn helping Rush.— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) October 10, 2022
On Carson: "We have a guy that is really growing. I thought yesterday was a good indicator of [his potential]" https://t.co/AdqtOgWTew
Rivera said that, after Wentz struggled some against Philly and Dallas, he played better Sunday.— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) October 10, 2022
Rivera said the Titans game was "a good indicator of his potential" in what the Commanders want to do.
Asked Rivera for more clarification. Basically, my interpretation is the other teams have had time to build around their QB, while Wentz is new here.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) October 10, 2022
I also mentioned to him that he previously said if you don't have the QB you build up the rest of the roster. Did they...
Cowboys having Cooper Rush:
”They started with [QB] Dak [Prescott]. They build around Dak and the offense is built around Dak. Their back up is a guy that is very solid inside of what they do. The truth is that this is a quarterback driven league and if you look at the teams that have been able to sustain success, they’ve been able to build it around a specific quarterback.”
Is the difference between other teams in the division and Washington is the chance to build around a QB?:
“That’s basically it is that this is an opportunity, now we have a guy that we think we have a chance to build around. We had a guy in [QB Ryan Fitzpatrick] and he gets hurt in the first quarter and a half of the season. And so it was a little different. I just think right now we have a guy that is really growing in what we’re doing. I thought yesterday was a good indicator of his potential for us in this and we’ll continue to work with it.”
Any regrets on trading for QB Carson Wentz?:
“No, I got no regrets about that quarterback. I think our quarterback has done some good things. There’s been a couple games that he struggled, but you look at his numbers from yesterday and you would say, okay, look, his numbers he’s had throughout the year, there times he was very solid. And then we had the unfortunate Philadelphia game, and he struggled a little bit in the Dallas game. But the way he performed yesterday, and it just shows you what he’s capable of and we chose him because we believe in him. We chose him because we looked at what we felt were things that pointed towards him.”
Pieces around QB Carson Wentz aren’t there?:
“No. Now he’s got to work with those pieces. It’s like walking into a new job. Okay. The job’s already been there, right? The newsroom’s already been in there. You walk in and you’re the new guy. You got to learn everybody, don’t you? You got to learn to work with everybody. You learn to do your job with everybody.”
4th down decisions:
Asked Ron Rivera about this. He said the clock made the difference and on the second he believed it was time for Washington to "go get it." There was a three-minute, 10-second difference between these two snaps https://t.co/RZB976MEkV— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) October 10, 2022
Assessment on Andrew Norwell and the rest of the interior offensive line:
“Well, I think what we need to do is first and foremost, we got to be able to run the ball and run the ball successfully. I think the thing that really helps offset some of those issues is being able to run the ball successfully. And that’s something that we’ve got to continue to stress and work on and get better at. You know, the, the numbers show it. Last year, we had a little stretch, we ran the ball on the average six more times in a game and we were able to win those games because the guys were able to do the things that they’re capable of and that’s firing off and attacking. And I believe it’s the same thing with this group of guys. If we give them the opportunity to run block helps sets up the play action pass. And it also helps with some of the other passing downs.”
Jahan Dotson (hamstring) doesn’t want to put a timetable on when he’ll return. Wants to prioritize season-long health over coming back potentially too quickly pic.twitter.com/WN0ZUaQv9k— Ethan Cadeaux (@Ethan_Cadeaux) October 10, 2022
Commanders WR Jahan Dotson on his left hamstring injury: "I couldn't really put a timetable on it right now. Kind of just working it day by day, making sure that when I come back, I'm 100 percent and there's no lingering injuries after the fact."— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 10, 2022