Ron Rivera stops short of declaring Ryan Fitzpatrick the WFT starting quarterback

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Ryan Fitzpatrick may indeed be the starting quarterback in Washington. However, coach Ron Rivera has yet to say so. He stopped short of making Fitzpatrick the Week One starter when speaking to reporters on Saturday.

“You know, we don’t play for 21 days,” Rivera said. “Whenever it’s time to say it, I’ll say it. Whenever we got to put out the first depth chart, you guys will see. Right now, that’s not the important thing. The important thing is we continue to work and prepare and get ready and everybody competes. Whether it’s you know, fait accompli or not, I just think, you know, we, we get caught up right now on something that’s not as important as practicing, developing, learning and doing things the right way.”

Fitzpatrick, in his first year with the team, is still learning how to mesh with his new teammates.

“When you watch the tape and you see those things, more than anything, it’s a little bit more developing that feel between himself and the receivers,” Rivera said of Fitzpatrick. “He is anticipating something different from the receiver and the receiver did something opposite. So that’s just comes to working, refining, getting a good feel for it. I love the decision. Unfortunately, he threw it too far out in front of Logan [Thomas] twice. One time for the first down the other time for a touchdown. He had Adam [Humphries], I love the decision, one time. He just overthrew Adam through the middle. He led Dyami [Brown] just a little bit too much. He had Adam Humphries, he thought Adam was going to cross face and Adam felt because the guy squared him up, he had to go and pivot back out. So again, it’s just getting a little bit more feel and understanding of one another. There’s a lot of natural things that happen. If there’s anything that I would say about Ryan that I would ever wonder about is in practice every now and that he will try and force the ball.”

Reading between the lines, maybe there’s a sliver of an opening for Taylor Heinecke. Even if Fitzpatrick holds the Week One job, it’s worth paying attention to how he does. For as good as he can be, Fitzpatrick is prone to periodic lapses. If/when he has one in Washington, Rivera may start thinking about Plan B.

13 responses to “Ron Rivera stops short of declaring Ryan Fitzpatrick the WFT starting quarterback

  1. Just name him the starter and begin gathering wins. That team will win the division with ease.

  2. Ron Rivera,,,excuse me,,,Coach Ron Rivera is firmly in charge without a lot of filibuster answers,,,he gave you something and nothing at the same time,,,

  3. Just like Sean Payton is stopping short of saying Winston will be the starter….

  4. Fitz will definitely be the starter and he is the best QB in the NFCE
    Yes even better then Dak!!

  5. It’s not so much that Fitzy tries to force the ball, though that’s one way to look at it. It’s more that he’s willing to take risks other QBs won’t. It doesn’t always pay off, but it often does, and it’s a thrill to watch him sling it with zero fear. And he’s having fun doing it, that’s the best part.

  6. I think Ryan Fitzpatrick may be the best back up QB in NFL history…no back up QB has had such a long run on so many different teams. We would have to go back to maybe Earl Morrall backing up Jonny Unitas’ Colts then backing up Bob Griese for the Miami Dolphins(Earl was a 3-time super bowl champion tho).

  7. hinglemccringleberry says:
    August 21, 2021 at 4:22 pm
    Fitz will definitely be the starter and he is the best QB in the NFCE
    Yes even better then Dak!!
    _______________

    Realistically, if it weren’t for Jalen Hurts, Fitz might be the worst QB in the East. It will be a shock if he starts all 17 games. He might be good for a few highlights but he makes an equal amount of bonehead plays every game. There’s a reason he’s on his 32nd team.

  8. Heinicke gives them a better chance as long as he can be durable and protect the ball.

  9. Ron just go with Taylor and you will be surprised because the team will be good. Play Taylor because you’re wasting time with hope with Fitz. Don’t care how much experience he has, he is old. Play Taylor and draft a QB in the first round next year.

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