FOR NEWBIE WASHINGTON COACH RIVERA, EXCITEMENT IN ASHBURN CAMP

By Sally Fahey

The players have reported to the Washington Football Team’s training camp in Ashburn,

And new head coach Ron Rivera held his first presser.

“For me emotionally, I’m excited about where I am, I’m excited about this opportunity,” Rivera said. “This hasn’t dampened my spirits or my approach to this organization. I feel confident about what we can do here.”

In normal years, the team would be in Richmond, Virginia preparing for the upcoming NFL season.

But 2020 is anything but normal.

How will the NFL operate in this COVID-19 climate? Rivera provided some insight.

“It comes down to being disciplined you know as a group, as an organization, and as individuals,” Rivera said. “You can’t go out and not follow the protocols. You have to wear a mask, you have to wash your hands.”

For the last couple of months, the Washington football team has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. First, it was the name change, then a bombshell report by The Washington Post where 15 women who worked for the club over the past two decades alleged sexual harassment by former scouts and members of team owner Daniel Snyder’s inner circle.

Rivera was asked today how his relationship with Snyder has evolved during these difficult times for the organization.

“It’s been good. We’ve talked a lot, we’ve communicated a lot. We talk probably every day for a half-hour or an hour,” Rivera said. “I think that’s been a good thing on developing a working relationship, developing a relationship.”

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