Ron Rivera: You play who’s out there, I won’t apologize for winning

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The Washington Football Team won the NFC East by beating the Eagles 20-14 on Sunday night, but much of the focus after the game was on the Eagles’ decision to pull quarterback Jalen Hurts in the fourth quarter.

Hurts had not played well, but Nate Sudfeld was even worse and feelings that the Eagles took a dive persisted through head coach Doug Pederson’s postgame denial. On Monday, Washington head coach Ron Rivera took issue with anyone who would take something away from his team because of how the Eagles handled the game.

“You play who’s out there,” Rivera said, via John Keim of “I’m not apologizing for winning. . . . A lot of people are happy about [the move], a lot of people aren’t happy about it and that’s just tough. So many things have happened in this world that are tough, that are hard. This is just a game that we’re playing, and we play the game as it comes to us. And I’m not going to apologize. You apologize for losing in the playoffs, but you don’t apologize for getting in.”

Whatever you feel about Pederson’s decision, Rivera’s reaction is absolutely the correct one for Washington. What matters is that they are in the tournament and the way they got there won’t have bearing on what happens next weekend.

12 responses to “Ron Rivera: You play who’s out there, I won’t apologize for winning

  1. This guy is a straight shooter and seems to be a great person. Must be a real culture shock for my neighbors in DC!

  2. Even after the Eagles tried to hand the “Football Team” the game the “Football Team” looked like they were trying to hand it back.

  3. Anyone who misses the playoffs because they didn’t win enough games has only themselves to blame. If you have to pray that another team wins so you get in, you don’t belong there in the first place.

  4. Kudos to the Washington Football Team for getting into the playoffs. They had to endure the name removal, their coach getting treatment for cancer and the Snyder/employee scandals, and the Haskins nonsense.

  5. Hey look – obviously i wanted a different outcome, but Washington did what they had to, when they had to. They beat the opponents they faced, and thats the requirement.

  6. xbam says:
    January 4, 2021 at 3:17 pm
    Hurts didnt play well?? he was better than Alex Smith from what i saw
    Hurts was 7-20 for 74 yards and an int. He had some success running in the first half but Washington adjusted and Hurts’ last 5 drives resulted in a total of 2 first downs.

  7. Washington defensive line has the ability to give Brady fits. It will not be an easy out for the Bucs regardless of how Washington got here.

  8. No one is asking him to apologize. It’s the Eagles who humiliated the NFL, not the WTFs.

  9. On the right track in DC… next year will be a good test for the team, but as for now…. we dem boyz!

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