‘Focus on us:’ Commanders will not have joint practices in 2022 initially appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Despite beforehand indicating curiosity in holding joint practices in opposition to one other staff throughout Washington’s upcoming coaching camp, Ron Rivera introduced on Tuesday that the Commanders will solely compete in opposition to themselves this summer season.
“We’re gonna focus on us and really just try to work and continue to develop,” Rivera informed reporters following Tuesday’s OTAs session.
While on the NFL’s annual conferences in Florida again in late March, Rivera defined to the media that he was trying into the prospect of getting along with a distinct squad at camp. Alas, that will not be taking place this time round.
Under the coach, Washington’s starters have not seen a lot preseason motion, and now that the exhibition schedule is down to a few contests as a substitute of 4, the first-stringers determine to play even much less. Perhaps Rivera will contemplate tweaking that method as a way to make up for the shortage of really dwell reps.
This August, the Commanders are slated to face the Panthers within the preseason opener earlier than touring to fulfill up with the Chiefs after which closing the trio of matchups in opposition to the Ravens.
Rivera’s apparent familiarity with Carolina made them a possible match for joint practices, as did his longtime friendship with Kansas City boss Andy Reid. Baltimore, in the meantime, is all the time an possibility, no less than in idea, because of the proximity issue.
Rivera wasn’t requested on Tuesday why nothing was arrange with any of these opponents after he expressed a want for such an exercise a few months in the past. Instead, he merely pushed the message of permitting Washington to develop by itself.
“We really like where we are,” he stated. “It’s a young team. A lot of guys that have played a lot of football for us already and added some good young players. So we just feel this is about us focusing on who we are.”
While with the Panthers in 2019, Rivera’s franchise paired up with the Bills for joint practices in South Carolina. Comments made by Rivera from that point espoused the notion of lining up versus an unfamiliar roster, which is a notable juxtaposition from the stance he took Tuesday.
“It’s an opportunity to do something different, see something different, feel something different,” Rivera stated in 2019. “It’s just one of those things that, as you go through it, it’s an opportunity to test yourself.”
For comparability’s sake within the NFC East, the Cowboys will cross paths with each the Chargers and the Broncos as they progress via their coaching camp, whereas the Eagles will encounter the Browns and the Dolphins. The Giants would not have any present joint practices scheduled.