Washington Football team head coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday expectations may have been too high going into the season. Instead he stressed the team is focused on the growth and development for the long-term.
With a 2-3 start to the season, Washington is steps behind expectations of many outside the organization.
Last year, Washington fought through the ups and downs of a 7-9 season. In the end their record was good enough to win the NFC East division title. They made the playoffs. Then had a respectable showing in their wild card loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Their strong finish to the regular season and winning the division elevated expectations for the 2021 season in Washington. Chase Young, who won Defensive Rookie of the Year last year, and Montez Sweat were expected to lead a dominating defense.
The additions of Ryan Fitzpatrick and Curtis Samuel were expected to elevate the offense.
Yet, five weeks into the season the defense has been a shell of itself. Fitzpatrick had just one start before suffering a hip injury. Samuel has barely played through two games.
There are obvious growing pains. A work in progress has been the way Rivera has consistently described the team this season. Speaking to 106.7 the Fan’s The Sports Junkies, Rivera went as far to say it’s almost as if you wish last season didn’t happen.