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Ron Rivera is entering his second season as Washington Football Team head coach, and he's determined to apply the lessons he learned during his first year.

In an interview with ESPN on Thursday, Rivera discussed one specific thing he wants to do better this time around: handling quarterbacks during training camp. 

A year ago, Rivera zeroed in on Dwayne Haskins as the starting quarterback. Even though he didn't name Haskins as the starter until mid-August, it was clear which way Rivera was leaning. He declined to hold an open competition for the job and had Haskins work exclusively with the starters. 

That didn't work out well for Rivera or the team. Haskins did good work during training camp, but none of that appeared during the regular season and he was benched after just four games. Rivera told ESPN that he now sees how he could have handled training camp better. 

"The mistake I made was that my approach was wrong," Rivera told ESPN on Thursday. "I should have made as big a competition as possible, and that's on me. I wanted to try and find a guy. I thought [Haskins] was ready to take a step and take every opportunity. I try to build that rapport he needed with his teammates, and that would have been something we may have been able to see sooner and could have done something different, perhaps."

Rivera said that focusing solely on Haskins didn't give them a full picture of what needed to be worked on, especially since there were no preseason games due to COVID-19. He told ESPN that he wishes he'd rotated in other quarterbacks, and he won't make the same mistake again. 

"I think it would have given us a better idea as to what we had to focus on," Rivera said. "What we had to hone up, how we need to approach it with our players and position guys. I think that's the thing we missed was not having an understanding and feel."

© Provided by Yahoo! Sports Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera says he's learned from the mistakes he made with QB Dwayne Haskins last year. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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Learning lessons from last summer

Rivera says that the experience of last summer, and the season that followed, have helped him figure out how to do better going into training camp. This time, he's going to do what he says he should have done last year: have an open quarterback competition. Even though he's got Ryan Fitzpatrick, a dependable and reliable starting quarterback, he believes a QB competition between Fitzpatrick, Taylor Heinicke, and Kyle Allen will benefit the team as a whole.  

"It's going to be a good competition," Rivera told ESPN. "I look forward to it. It's going to push our football team and make our football team better. I just feel that going into this knowing we have a proven guy there that has the ability to lead us, but again, we have a guy in Taylor that shows us he can do it. They are going to compete, they are going to push, and I'm looking forward to it."

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Minnesota DFL Calls 2020 Election Concerns Disgraceful and Dangerous

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In a recent interview, Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan did not take a position regarding the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election. Carnahan was being interviewed regarding the location of the Minnesota GOP convention where a candidate will be selected to run against current Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.

When Carnahan was asked if the 2020 election was “stolen” from former President Donald Trump, she refused to say one way or the other. Instead, she acknowledged the concerns that many voters have and that if there are concerns, they should not be overlooked. She said, “If there’s ever any question or doubt, or people don’t feel that they have the full transparency on enough things, what is wrong with just looking into things and answering those things?”

The Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin responded by saying that “Minnesota Republican leaders at all levels must denounce this inflammatory and radicalizing rhetoric from Jennifer Carnahan. This has to stop.” The press release goes on to say that implying that there were issues with the 2020 election results fuels “the Big Lie” and is a “conspiracy theory.”

Martin went on to say that continuing to discuss the results of the 2020 election will only lead to another “attack on our government.” He said that those who are questioning the results are lying and are “cowardly politicians” who “care more about their careers than our democracy.”

A tweet from the MN DFL reads: “The 2020 elections were not stolen. Suggesting otherwise is not only wrong, it is dangerous.”

The 2020 elections were not stolen. Suggesting otherwise is not only wrong, its dangerous.

Today, were calling on MN Republican leaders like @kdaudt and @paulgazelka to denounce @jkcarnahs continued attacks on the legitimacy of our elections. #mnleghttps://t.co/uwLBLVZ3N3

— Minnesota DFL Party (@MinnesotaDFL) June 11, 2021

The DFL is asking MN GOP leaders to renounce the statement made by Carnahan.

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Hayley Tschetter is a reporter with The Minnesota Sun | Star News Network and The College Fix. She graduated with a degree in Communications from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. Send news tips to [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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