Ron Rivera on QBs: Nothing is out of the question

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Last offseason, Washington looked like a team that was a quarterback away from competing.

To solve that, the club signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. But he suffered a hip injury in Week One and was out for the rest of the year.

So Taylor Heinicke took over and had some ups and downs in starting 15 games for the club. He finished the year completing 65 percent of his passes for 3,419 yards with 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He had three fourth-quarter comebacks and four game-winning drives.

But after ending the season with seven wins for the second consecutive year, Washington will again look to improve its quarterback position this offseason.

In the team’s year-end press conference, head coach Ron Rivera and General Manager Martin Mayhew acknowledged that they will be looking at every option available to them.

“Nothing is out of the question,” Rivera said.

“We’ve been talking about this for several months now and how we move forward,” Mayhew said. “But, again, [we’ll go down] every avenue, uncover every stone, we’ll look at every situation out there and try to find the right guy.”

The incoming crop of quarterbacks for the 2022 draft is not as heralded as last year. But with Washington owning the 11th overall pick in the draft, Rivera noted it’s not just about where the team will pick but who the team will pick. And even though the team tried to get Matthew Stafford last year, Washington would be comfortable drafting a quarterback with the intent to start him.

“As we go through the process, if we believe that’s the best option, absolutely,” Rivera said. “But, again, we’re going to do what we believe is best for the football team going forward. And whether it is a rookie quarterback, or a free agent quarterback, or a quarterback on the roster, or trade, we’re going to look at everything and then make the decision.”

The Football Team also has Kyle Allen and Garrett Gilbert on its roster.

8 responses to “Ron Rivera on QBs: Nothing is out of the question

  1. How is this news.. of course nothing is out of the question. The team has sucked for 30 years.

  2. As a WFT fan I just gotta say that Heinicke has been one of the most fun things to happen to this team in the last 10 years. Guy has limitations, but he is a bulldog and can pull some magic out of nowhere.

    Seeing him do his headshake/fistbump thing when we have scored this season has been so refreshing. Hats off to the guy for playing with passion and making a little name for himself. Great story.

  3. I’ve seen a lot of their games this year and Heinicke just ain’t it. Too many turnovers. He’s a good backup, but not a franchise QB which is what they need.

  4. And there isn’t a franchise QB coming out of college this year, at least not one that’ll be there at Washington’s draft position so the only answer if they really want a QB this year is an over-priced vet.

  5. Hopefully they will pick the right Quarterback this offseason. They have had 10 different starters over the last 4 years: Alex Smith, Josh Johnson, Colt McCoy, Mark Sanchez, Case Keenum, Dwayne Haskins, Kyle Allen, Taylor Heinicke Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Garrett Gilbert.

  6. People say there aren’t any top tier QB prospects on this draft but that won’t stop guys like Kenny Pickett and Matt Corral from shooting up draft boards. Common sense tends to go out the window when it comes to drafting quarterbacks. That’s how Daniel Jones and Dwayne Haskins end up going in the top 15.

  7. How about trading the #11 pick for Jimmy Garoppolo. He can win games and better than any quarterback on the Washington Football Team now. Plus he is better than any QB in the draft. Every year a team should take a QB in the draft even if it is a late round draft pick. You never know what a team could find or help develop.

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