Ron Rivera: I understand frustration, but have to be realistic with what we have

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When Ron Rivera was hired as Washington’s head coach before the 2020 season, there was a lot of talk about how he would have to work to turn things around both on and off the field for a franchise that has been deficient on both fronts for many years.

Rivera led the team to a division title in his first season despite going 7-9, but couldn’t improve on that in 2021 and the start to this season has not been a good one. They’ve been outscored by a league-worst 34 points over the first four weeks and have the lowest average yards per play of any offense in the league, which has led to more than a little frustration about the path the franchise is on.

On Monday, Rivera acknowledged that frustration while falling back on an oft-repeated mantra that “it’s not going to happen overnight.”

“I understand everybody’s frustration, especially how proud this organization is,” Rivera said, via Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post. “S—, this organization’s got five championships. Are you f—ing kidding me? I get it. I understand how important it is to win. Okay? But I got to be realistic with what we have and what we’re going to do. Now, some of it we can improve on as coaches and get better at. We have to. There is a sense of urgency that these things have to happen. But they’re not going to happen until everything is in place and is ready to happen.”

The focus on cleaning up the off-field part of the organization has obscured some of the on-field shortcomings, but that probably won’t be the case if this season continues to follow the same trajectory as the first four weeks. That would make it hard to see that the team is making progress and could turn this week’s frustration into apathy for what the team will do next.

32 responses to “Ron Rivera: I understand frustration, but have to be realistic with what we have

  1. The reality is that until there is change in ownership it doesn’t matter who the coach is or who plays for this team. It will always be a dysfunctional mess continually rotting from the top down.
    #FIREDANSNYDER

  2. “Have to be realistic about what we have” means, “we don’t have good enough players to win consistently.” That’s something you say to your GM or owner, not the media. How is he supposed to walk back in that locker room and lead that team when he just said they don’t have the players they need to win?!

  3. This is season #3. You yourself said by season 3 is when you start your upward trend. YOU are the one who is also building this team. Then you say “but have to be realistic with what we have?” YOU’RE THE ONE THAT HAS GIVEN THIS TEAM WHAT THEY HAVE. YOU’RE THE ONE THAT TRADED FOR WENTZ. YOU’RE THE ONE THAT PAID WILLIAMS, AND HE GETS BURNED EVERY WEEK.

  4. Maybe start with an offensive line that can pass block. Most of the time when Wentz is dropping back he has someone in his face before he is even set to throw and has to run for his life and that is when he makes mistakes. Opposing teams know you cant pick up the blitz and Wentz has been blitzed a league high 47 times through 4 games, leading to a league high 17 sacks and a league high 28 poor passed thrown because of the blitzes.

  5. There are 5 number1 picks on the defense yet they are one of the worst in the league.
    You traded for a QB that nobody wanted and so far has proven the skeptics right.
    You took players and personnel from the team you were fired from and that team is no better than your current team.
    You refused to fire Jack DelRio after a dismal defense last year and has not improved since.
    Taylor Hieneke should be starting as soon as next week.your time in Washington is done Ron.

  6. Be realistic with what you have? How about 3 drafts and 3 free agency periods. You have the roster you built. Enjoy!

  7. Well…*this* oughta go over well with the boys in the locker room, eh Ron? I thought being a great guy was your super power. Not so much, I guess.

  8. After week one it was a process, sunshine and rainbows, you’ll get there. Now the players aren’t good enough and there’s a lot of growing pains left. Which one is it? Time for a new coach, he’s in over his head.

  9. The hiring of Mayhew/ Hurney as co general managers is symbolic of what’s wrong with this team. Two former failures ( w/ Detroit and Carolina) were suddenly expected to be first rate architects of the Washington resurgence. Then there was an influx of former Carolina players (similar to the Tampa influx during the Allen regime), even though Carolina has had very limited success in recent years. This team, under Snyder, keeps making the same mistakes ad nauseum. They have now lost a significant portion of their fanbase, including young football fans in the area. It’s nothing short of disgraceful

  10. Owner needs to go, and take Ron with him-Ron’s way past his sell-by date.

  11. As beat down and under appreciated as Washington fans have been by this organization, I’d be interested to see how stadium home attendance is for this team.

  12. The reality is that Ron Rivera is grossly overrated as a coach, with several 7-9 seasons to his credit. One of his biggest failures is that he brought equally inept offensive coordinator, Ron Turner, with him. The team has enough offensive talent to be much better. The problem is that they don’t have the discipline to let the running game be their strength so that Wentz doesn’t have to be under so much pressure to complete passes to very competent wide receivers.

    Rivera is the problem.

  13. Wow, he is typically very PC in his “public” comments regarding cussing…it doesn’t bother me and this is a big boy sport…but it certainly shows the strain…he’s losing his cool…

  14. “The hiring of Mayhew/ Hurney as co general managers is symbolic of what’s wrong with this team. ”

    ______________

    Hiring “co” GMs sounded bad from Day 1. When they don’t agree do they just flip a coin? And the recycling of GMs is a huge problem in the NFL. Guys can fail absolutely completely and still land other jobs.

  15. He probably just lost the locker room since he basically just told the world that his team as a whole stinks. Wow. That is not something that any coach should ever say to the media.

  16. Snyder hired Ron to change the culture (cover Snyder’s behind), not to win games. On winning seasons Ron was 3 – 9 coming into Washington, and now he’s 3 – 11, looking at 3 – 12. But hey – he’s a nice guy… players like him. But don’t forget the saying, nice guys finish last. We need a winner, not a nice guy peddling ecxuses.

  17. Let’s also be honest, The Commanders is a stupid name, that doesn’t help you either.

  18. Sounds like he’s building in his excure – must feel the seat is getting a little hot

  19. It’s pretty obvious that Wentz is a lesser QB than Heinicke. The faster we switch back to Heinicke, the happier our WR corp will be. Wentz’s pocket presence is worse than Patrick Ramsey.

  20. “The hiring of Mayhew/ Hurney as co general managers is symbolic of what’s wrong with this team. ”

    I know its just a television show, BUT, it is working just as well and it did with Co Managers on “The Office”..

    When fiction becomes reality…

  21. It was a mistake going after a QB like Wentz. That money could have been spent on the OL as the team was not a QB away from being a contender. Plus everyone knows he holds the ball too long and makes mistakes under pressure. Its one thing if your OL is stacked, maybe he can manage a team, but to throw him to the wolves is never going to work. They have way too many holes. I liked the Sam Howell selection, in fact it may be time to start him as this season is essentially hopeless.

  22. demo1984 says:
    October 4, 2022 at 8:20 am
    Maybe start with an offensive line that can pass block. Most of the time when Wentz is dropping back he has someone in his face before he is even set to throw and has to run for his life and that is when he makes mistakes.

    ——-

    Funny how that works. Seems that’s been the case everywhere Wentz has ever played. Could it be that every offensive line he has ever played behind was that terrible? Or maybe, just maybe, it’s not he’s beset by pass rushers before he even gets a chance to set to throw, but instead, it’s that he takes forever to get set to throw, and is more inclined to extend plays instead of getting rid of the ball quickly.

    In Philly, we thought we had a terrible offensive line in front of Wentz, and then he left, and the same personnel got a high rating from PFF. In Indy, the Colts had a highly rated O-line before he got there, and then their PFF rating plummeted while he was there. He’s the common denominator. If there are any weaknesses in your line, they’ll come to the surface with him calling signals. History has shown that.

  23. Since 1999 in DC having an experienced coach with a winning history or multiple championships doesn’t work. Having a solid GM doesn’t work. Having a snake as GM doesn’t work. Making the coach the GM doesn’t work. Hiring a young up-and-coming coach doesn’t work. College genius coaches don’t work. Veteran QBs don’t work. Promising offensive rookie-of-the-year QBs don’t work longer than 14 weeks. Anyone under center doesn’t work. Changing the name doesn’t work. Doing it again doesn’t work. New uniforms don’t work. Multiple NFL investigations don’t work. Etcetera.

    Blaming the quality of the players is the first sign of a coach/GM who knows he’ll be fired in a few weeks. Then we can look forward to Scott Turner running the team to a horrible record that’s not quite horrible enough to land a top draft pick, a big splashy coach hire within a few days of the Super Bowl, the team screwing up the draft, and more suckage in 2023.

  24. digilat7 says:
    October 4, 2022 at 10:28 am
    Wow, he is typically very PC in his “public” comments regarding cussing…it doesn’t bother me and this is a big boy sport…but it certainly shows the strain…he’s losing his cool…
    You nailed it. Ron never lost his cool with the Panthers. He used curse words, this time. He is a tough minded guy and coach but always keeps his composure. He’s done what he can with what he has. Please fire him Commanders, and let him take over for Matt Rhule in Carolina. .500 would be a dream right now for a Panthers fan.

  25. He just threw his whole team under the bus. The old name was better and the Commanders name is very lame.

  26. 5 1st.rounders in the front 7 and a defensive minded coach. Ron should be fired. Solely based performance of his defense.

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