Ryan Fitzpatrick is ranked as a starting defender for the Washington football team and a clear favorite over Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen.
Although FitzMagic received a higher salary than his interlocutors and was a presumed starter, this did not stop coach Ron Rivera from announcing a QB race at training camp for next month.
“It’s going to be a good race,” Rivera told ESPN on Thursday. “I’m looking forward to it. It will push our football team and make our football team better. I just feel that by going into it knowing, we have a proven person there who has the ability to lead us, but again we have a person in Taylor who He shows us that he can do it. They will compete, they will insist, and I look forward to that. “
The veteran coach said he did not want to make the same mistake by announcing a starter too early and hampering the process.
“The mistake I made was that my approach was wrong,” Rivera said. “I had to do the biggest possible race and that’s up to me. I wanted to try to find a man. I thought [Haskins] he was ready to take a step and take every opportunity. I’m trying to build that relationship he needs with his teammates and that would be something we might have been able to see earlier and we could have done something different, maybe. “
NFL coaches preach competition in every position. Sometimes it’s just a coaching speech. Other times it’s a way of life.
Odds are that Fitzpatrick is not staring at the race with Heineke and Alan. And the chances are huge that he’s in the center, week 1 has come. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned from FitzMagic’s 17-year career, it’s that it’s a wild, sometimes exciting, sometimes terrifying roller coaster.
Fitzpatrick will get most of the repetitions in the first team after the training camps open, but Rivera will give a chance to the others with the starters. Heineke and Alan will have to blow up the coaching staff to overtake FitzMagic. With Rivera open to the idea, however, there is at least a chance – even if it is one in a million.