Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera has yet to officially name his starting quarterback for the 2021 NFL season. While Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to be named the starter, Rivera has offered a timeline on when he’ll make an announcement.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, Rivera said that there will be “a proper moment” when he talks to the team and tells them his decision. He said that method worked for him when he picked Cam Newton as his starter in 2011.
“There’ll be a proper moment when I sit down and talk about the guys that are going to start for this team, but that’ll be a moment for us, for the team,” Rivera said, via ProFootballTalk. “I like to do that. I like to let the guys know who is our starter. I think that’s important. I’ve been in some situations and it was Cam Newton‘s first year and when it was time I got in front of the team and told him he was going to be our guy. I think that’s something that I need to tell everybody as opposed to it leaking out.”
Despite how secretive Rivera is being, no one really doubts what he’ll officially do. Ryan Fitzpatrick has reportedly been the man since the day he was signed, and nothing out of training camp or preseason suggests Rivera’s mind will be changed.
Washington coach Ron Rivera still hasn't named a starting quarterback; he said Thursday he'll announce the starter to the team at the "proper moment." https://t.co/lNiVk5qChm
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In his first year at the helm, Ron Rivera led Washington to an NFC East title thanks to the simultaneous implosion of their division rivals and an elite defense. It was the offense that largely made them a one-and-done team in the playoffs.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has never taken a team to the playoffs before – and not for a lack of trying in his 17-year NFL career.
But if there was ever a chance for Fitzpatrick to take the bull by the horns, it’s with this Washington Football Team.