Ron Rivera: We would have taken Joe Burrow if Bengals took Chase Young

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When Washington takes on Cincinnati on Sunday, the top two picks in the 2020 NFL draft will face each other, with Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow trying to avoid Football Team defensive end Chase Young. Washington coach Ron Rivera revealed this week that his team, picking second, always viewed Burrow and Young as the top two picks in the draft, and would have been happy with either.

Rivera said he wanted to draft Young because he thinks defense wins championships, but he was also very high on Burrow and would have taken him if the Bengals had taken Young.

“We feel like championships are won by playing good defense. We felt pretty strongly about him. The only other option we felt was a viable one for us was Burrow and obviously he was taken by Cincinnati,” Rivera said, via SI.com. “We think Joe is the full package. We really do. We think Chase is the full package. Depending on what Cincinnati did, that’s what we were going to do. The opposite. We didn’t think we would lose out either way. We really didn’t. We think both players are going to be great players and have great careers and we’re fired up that we have Chase.”

Rivera’s comments provide an interesting insight into his mindset about Dwayne Haskins, the quarterback Rivera inherited in Washington. If Rivera was ready to draft Burrow second overall, that means he was also ready to move on from Haskins just a year after Washington took him in the first round.

Now it appears that Rivera is ready to move on from Haskins anyway, as he was benched after a poor start to the season. But that raises the question of why Washington didn’t draft Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert. Young may prove to be a great defensive end, but contrary to Rivera’s belief that defense wins championships, what really wins championships is having a franchise quarterback. And Washington may have passed on two of them when passing on Tagovailoa and Herbert.

21 responses to “Ron Rivera: We would have taken Joe Burrow if Bengals took Chase Young

  1. all you need to do is look at arizona. nfl teams should use that as a model. you can get pass rushers in free agency or even waiver wire (dunlap). or wait a year and get them in the draft the following season. any team without a franchise qb should be drafting qb in first round every year.

  2. I think Burrow will be very good, but it’s normal for opposing coaches to effusively praise players on other teams before they play. Cannot necessarily take it at face value. For all we know this could just be some motivational approach directed at his own QB, who seems to be self-satisfied.

    Of course it doesn’t look good for Haskins in DC, especially as to relationship between coach and player, even if Rivera is willing to give Haskins another chance to perform.

  3. “ what really wins championships is having a franchise quarterback”

    Sure, like these recent champions:

    Nick Foles
    Joe Flacco
    Brad Johnson
    Trent Dilfer

  4. Flacco may not have been an “elite” franchise QB, but he had a good career regardless of whatever narrative people want to believe. To be selected in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft and help deliver seven winning seasons in 10 years, combined with 10 playoff wins, three AFC championship appearances and a Super Bowl trophy, Baltimore hit a home run selecting Flacco.

    All that from Delaware.

  5. Haskins was Snyder’s pic … no one else on the team wanted to draft him that high . Although he’s not much worse than Daniel Jones so far, how do the Giants miss on 3 top five pics ? I’ll give them Barkley but you can get near as good back later in the draft and the RB is 100% dependent on the Oline being at least decent.

  6. That’s why Washington is where Washington is. Someone needs to tell Ron Pass Rushers ALONE can’t bring you back from deficits on the scoreboard or take you to the Super bowl.

    As we walk down Captain Obvious avenue it all starts with the MOST important position on the field since GM”S and coaches don’t lose their jobs because they didn’t find that franchise changing Pass Rusher. That number 2 pick all along should have been for one of the Quarterbacks.

  7. Has Haskins been that poor in such a small sample size to give up on a mid first round pick? Buy low I say

  8. Translation: “We knew Haskins was a bust shortly after watching him play in the NFL and wanted him replaced asap.”

  9. “Recent” geologically, sure. Especially the last two.

    ghjjf says:
    Sure, like these recent champions:

    Nick Foles
    Joe Flacco
    Brad Johnson
    Trent Dilfer

  10. “but contrary to Rivera’s belief that defense wins championships, what really wins championships is having a franchise quarterback”

    Rivera learned firsthand at Super Bowl 50 that having an MVP/franchise QB (Cam Newton) wasn’t enough to overcome a truly great (Von Miller-led) defense. So there’s that.

  11. cardiovascularendurance says:
    November 20, 2020 at 12:52 pm
    “Recent” geologically, sure. Especially the last two.

    ghjjf says:
    Sure, like these recent champions:

    Nick Foles
    Joe Flacco
    Brad Johnson
    Trent Dilfer

    3 0 Rate This
    I’d forgotten Brad Johnson had won one . I really liked him and followed him through out his career.

  12. The thing about legitimate QB leaders is that they wouldn’t take this as a threat.

    The bottom line is that cream rises, period! If you can’t win the competition, you don’t deserve the job. It’s not a participation trophy situation!

    Haskins is the only person who can save his NFL career, if he’s deserving of one.

  13. Then you should’ve drafted Tua over Chase Young.

    Absolute best case scenario for Young is prime JJ Watt, a hall of fame pass rusher. I don’t remember the Texans going to the super bowl in the past 10 years. And I’m sure a top ten franchise QB gives you a better chance at winning.

  14. Haskins was a hope prayer pick, as he benefitted from a talented Ohio state team. Nothing he did is college made anyone say wow, he’s good. They could’ve drafter him in the 3rd or 4th round or been lucky that someone else took him before they could. Wasted pick in the first round for sure.

  15. Donna Martin Graduates says:
    November 20, 2020 at 11:07 am
    Rivera is Schottenheimer 2.0 will get your team good but won’t get you to the promise land.

    ——————-

    We will gladly accept that

  16. As a Miami fan from day one I’m glad he made the pick for his defense, Miami is glad to have Tua for better or worst Miami figure that with out a top QB they were not going to win long term’ I say about time. Bill

  17. Winning QB Losing QB
    2000 Trent Dilfer Kerry Collins
    2001 Tom Brady MVP Kurt Warner
    2002 Brad Johnson Rich Gannon
    2003 Tom Brady MVP Jake Delhomme
    2004 Tom Brady Donovan McNabb
    2005 Ben Roethlisberger Matt Hasselbeck
    2006 Peyton Manning MVP Rex Grossman
    2007 Eli Manning MVP Tom Brady
    2008 Ben Roethlisberger Kurt Warner
    2009 Drew Brees MVP Peyton Manning
    2010 Aaron Rodgers MVP Ben Roethlisberger
    2011 Eli Manning MVP Tom Brady
    2012 Joe Flacco MVP Colin Kaepernick
    2013 Russell Wilson Peyton Manning
    2014 Tom Brady MVP Russell Wilson
    2015 Peyton Manning Cam Newton
    2016 Tom Brady MVP Matt Ryan
    2017 Nick Foles MVP Tom Brady
    2018 Tom Brady Jared Goff
    2019 Patrick Mahomes MVP Jimmy Garoppolo

    This list has a some one season wonders in the winners column in the early oughts, however, in the past ten seasons, with the exception of Foles and Flacco, every QB (yes even Eli will be a HOFer). The loser column is riddled with guys who were very good, even the GOAT makes this list.

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