“There really is no confusion,” Rivera stated Thursday. “The young man’s ill, and because he’s feeling ill, we don’t want him to come into the building and spread whatever flu-like symptoms he has.”
There’s a crystal clear message. Got it?
But before this series of Haskins absences — that, gastrointestinal difficulty or not, appears to make it less probable he regains his function as the newcomer, much less the quarterback of the future — Rivera’s first season as the coach of his team has increased to mirror the run-up into it. Given the publication coronavirus pandemic, the reversal of this title, the accounts of a sexist culture across the franchise and Rivera’s cancer diagnosis, which was disorderly. For Rivera, these mayhem may be new land. For Washington football, it is a day in the life.
During all that unprecedented prelude, however, Rivera held the space. He was an adult. He handled himself with class and dignity. He gave the distinct impression he’d restore order in which there had been none.
But five months to the season, in which the true football is concerned, is that there order or more chaos? On Thursday, Rivera gave, to my mind, the clearest explanation yet of the way he is approaching the interval between today and Thanksgiving, a stretch where Washington will play games against four teams with a combined listing of 4-14-1.
“We’re going to go for it,” Rivera stated in his everyday Zoom meeting with colleagues. “And that’s all I’m doing right now. I’ve changed my approach to it. A big part of it is looking at the schedule from the beginning, saying, ‘These first four games are going to be very interesting, but we’re developing. These next four, based on where we are, we have a chance.’ We’ll see what happens.”
Still, the trainer who made the concept he was constructing a stable base now has made this base seem more useless — and willingly so. If, at August, you had been advised that Rivera would continue to his timeouts close to the conclusion of back-to-back two-score games since he wanted to create his own football team and stave off harms, then seat Haskins in favour of stunt machine Kyle Allen to pursue a branch name, then maintain a nicked-but-cleared-to-play Allen from the next half a 10-stage game in favour of a 36-year old using a titanium rod in his leg and also afterward explicitly outline how he shifted his strategy because he believed his own 1-4 team could get to the surface of the NFC East, you can reasonably ask: Develop or win, Ron? In October 2020, what is the priority?
When requested a month about holding his timeouts like he can deposit them in a bank and earn curiosity, Rivera stated, “My concern is about the development of this football team, not appeasing anybody that has an opinion.”
The response appears to be both. And that is not just difficult to pull off, but it is a difficult market to some fan base that needs, for example, a message that is consistent.
“Things are going to be hard,” Rivera stated Thursday. “I have said it in the start: This isn’t likely to be simple. I am not only going to [say], simply because I am showing up, we are going to win the division. We’ve got to work through this. There’s a great deal of things to develop.
“And you’ve got to keep playing, and you need to keep enjoying the men that you believe will aid you moving forward. That’s what we are attempting to perform. We’re likely to play with men that we believe can help us.”
That one word — “You have to keep playing the guys you think are going to help you going forward” — is so damning for Haskins. Rivera benched Haskins a week, following the 2019 first-round draft select recorded the initial 300-yard passing game of his profession. When he did, he explained it had been having an eye on the feeble upcoming schedule and since Allen had expertise in the group’s system with Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner together with Carolina. Now it is apparent by Rivera’s words which Haskins is a part of the present nor the future, if this gut bug goes off or not.
Benching Haskins is equally Rivera’s prerogative and — even when he thinks he can not or won’t grow — his obligation. But it is also Rivera’s duty to make clear messaging that creates faith in what he is trying to assemble here. When he chairs Haskins in favor of Allen since, as he stated, Allen provides the group a better opportunity to win but subsequently retains Allen on the sideline in favor of ineffectual veteran Alex Smith — coming back from a devastating leg injury a couple of decades ago — although Allen had been cleared to perform, that does not produce clarity. It generates confusion.
Back at January, on the day that he was introduced as the trainer, Rivera recognized a conversation with his new manager, team owner Daniel Snyder: “I told him I didn’t want to go through a five-year rebuilding process because, quite honestly, I just don’t have the patience.”
It has not been five decades. It was just five months. There is moment to be individual, and there is every opportunity Ron Rivera was just the ideal individual to step to a civilization that badly needed an overhaul. He did a lot right in navigating the 20-foot rhythms of an offseason which came with a compass nor a map.
Now, five matches to the true season, he is carrying his 1-4 team via which he’s calling “interesting stretch” and, seemingly, opting to get a branch name. He had been hired to bring order and subject to his franchise. It would assist when he had exactly the exact same order and subject into his message.