Late in the game, does Ron Rivera want to win or protect his team against injuries?
At times the explanation for his end-of-game decisions from Washington Football Team’s head coach is unclear.
Sunday Rivera said part of his philosophy is, “the only way you learn to win is to play to win.” But other times he said he didn’t take timeouts to extend games to try for a comeback because he wanted to prevent injuries.
Here is a look at several situations through five games when Rivera’s explanation about the importance of winning and learning to win hasn’t always lined up:
Week 2: Not taking timeouts vs. Arizona Cardinals
After Washington cut the Cardinals lead to 27-15 with just under seven minutes remaining, Rivera did not use any timeouts on the next possession. Arizona burned nearly six minutes off the clock and iced the game.