The Washington Football Team only has a handful of weaknesses that they must address heading into the 2021 NFL season — the quarterback position tops among them — but they're about as defensively stout as you could want out of a team. Chase Young is emerging as a legitimate top-tier defender after only one season, and he'll only get better. The secondary unit was ranked No. 7 in the league by Pro Football Focus after the 2020 season, and replacing Ronald Darby promptly with William Jackson seems to be a good move. First-round pick Jamin Davis is yet another intriguing piece that was added to the defense, the strong suit of a team that ranked fourth-best in the league in points allowed and second-best in yards allowed.
But head coach Ron Rivera always has his eyes open for more pieces, even in an already loaded defense. And he doesn't even need to be on the football field to do so. Instead, the latest prospect that captured Riverboat Ron's attention was making tackles... on the basketball court.
"It was a heck of a tackle," Rivera told reporters on Zoom, referring to the security guard who stopped a fan in Game 4 between the Wizards and 76ers. "The form was nice. He dropped his hips, bent his knees, kept his head up and drove through the tackle. He defended that baseline very well.
"We've considered reaching out, but we're not there yet. We're good with that."
With how frequently fans have been interrupting these playoff games in a number of different ways, there may be another chance for the above security guard — or any other security guards who are secretly aspiring to play defense for the Washington Football Team — to show off their stuff. Hopefully, though, we won't have to experience yet another interruption, for the sake of player and staff safety and for the integrity of the game.
Unfortunately, we didn't get to hear Rivera's thoughts on the security staff's performance at Nationals Park when a fan decided it was a good time to go slip-and-sliding on the tarp during a rain delay.
As for the actual playoff games, Rivera's watchful eye seems to think that Washington definitely still has a chance to pull off a No. 8 over No. 1 upset against the 76ers, which has become increasingly more likely given the injury to Joel Embiid.
"If they want to win, they can go out there and give it their best and see what happens," Rivera said of the Wizards (via Cadeaux). "Nobody expected Washington to be where they are. I believe [Russell] Westbrook willed them into the playoffs. He's played hard, [Bradley] Beal has played hard, that whole team has played hard. They should be commended for how they played in Game 4, as physical as they did, and got themselves a win at home."
Still, the feeling is that Philadelphia will be able to take the series against Washington at some point, even if it comes without Embiid. Can the same be said for the series between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Football Team once the NFL season rolls around? That's a whole different story, and one that certainly may lean in the direction of our nation's capital.