Whenever Ryan Fitzpatrick is ready to return from the hip injury he suffered in Week 1, Ron Rivera will have an important decision to make for the Washington Football Team.
Who will run the offense? Fitzpatrick or Taylor Heinicke?
Rivera was reluctant to provide a detailed status update on Fitzpatrick's recovery process during his weekly appearance with The Sports Junkies, presented by F.H. Furr.
"He's still in his rehab, still going through his rehab program," Rivera said.
Asked for a specific timetable — if Fitzpatrick might be two or three weeks away from returning — Rivera declined to provide one.
"No, there is no timetable," he said. "I don't want to put a timetable on players that are coming off of injuries, because sometimes if you don't hit the timetable, and then everybody goes, 'Oh, I thought you said this.' And then sometimes you don't want to put something in the player's mind where he has to do something, and now all of a sudden he's come out too soon."
"No, I get that," Jason Bishop said. "But if he is 100 percent, will he start over Taylor?"
"Well, I'll cross that bridge when we get there," Rivera said.
"Well, what's your vibe on that?" Bishop asked, drawing laughter from the studio.
"Well, again, we'll see how things are going," Rivera said. "There's a lot of thoughts on that, but to me the biggest thing is, again, we'll see where the team is at that point."
Rivera did offer some interesting analysis on the defensive schemes Heinicke has drawn in recent weeks, noting that, against the Chiefs in particular, the defense appeared to be instituting additional counter-measures to keep Heinicke contained within the pocket. It's proof that defenses are now actively trying to limit Heinicke's mobility.
"I thought he hung in the pocket a lot this past game," River said. "I think he was trying to make things happen downfield. One thing I will say this: I do know they mush-rushed him a couple times, in terms of one of their guys seemed to be assigned to him, and when he started to break, you could see that guy come off and fall back inside.
"So that might have been something that might have kept him out of it. I thought one of their defenders, one of their DBs, had a spy on him a couple of times as well, because you the guy basically what they call a [either 'hold' or 'whole'] player, just floating over the top of him a couple times as well."