Richmond Times-Dispatch

Rivera singles out WFT linebacker­s

Coach says unit must be more aggressive, definitive with reads

- BY MICHAEL PHILLIPS Richmond Times-Dispatch

Washington’s defense kept the team afloat early in the season when the offense was struggling to produce.

Last week, though, it didn’t rise to the occasion when a

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victory was within the Football Team’s grasp.

Washington coach Ron Rivera singled out the linebacker­s this week as needing to provide a lift. The New

York Giants ran for 166 yards on Sunday, including three drives that took a combined 16 minutes during the second half, while Washington was trying to rally from behind.

“The biggest thing is to get them to understand where their role is and how to play their role,” Rivera said. “I think our linebacker­s are still kind of feeling their way around. Personally, I think that they’ve

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Football Team defense outperform­ed the offense on multiple occasions early in the season, but didn’t hold up its end of the bargain in Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the New York
Giants.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Washington Football Team defense outperform­ed the offense on multiple occasions early in the season, but didn’t hold up its end of the bargain in Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the New York Giants.
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