Ryan Fitzpatrick is far more experienced than any other quarterback on the Washington football team and he makes more money than the other three players in this position combined, but head coach Ron Rivera does not crown him. not as a week 1 starter yet.
After naming Dwayne Haskins as a starter before last season and posting disappointing results, Rivera has made competition the best route for the team this time around. Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen both started games last season and Steven Montez is also on the roster.
On Thursday, Rivera said having a competition “would have given us a better idea of what to focus on” and that he wanted to go through that process despite Fitzpatrick’s presence.
“It will be a good competition,” Rivera said, via ESPN.com’s John Keim. “I’m looking forward to this. It’s going to push our football team and make our football team better. I just feel like starting this knowing that we have a proven guy over there who has the ability to lead us, but again, we have a guy at Taylor who shows us he can do it. They’re going to compete, they’re going to push, and I can’t wait.
Fitzpatrick will get the first chance on the job and the proof that someone else is better suited will have to be overwhelming to keep him off the field against the Chargers in September, but that’s a possibility as long as Rivera is open. to be overwhelmed.