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Here's Why Washington Didn't Draft a Quarterback

Adam Taylor McKillop
Here's Why Washington Didn't Draft a Quarterback
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Following the conclusion of the 2021 NFL Draft, some fans of the Washington Football Team may have been curious as to why they didn't go after a new franchise quarterback. Fear not, Washington fans. Head Coach Ron Rivera has a plan.

Following in the blueprint of several other successful franchises around the NFL, Rivera isn't afraid to play the long-game when it comes to finding a new quarterback. Instead, the 2021 NFL Draft was all about improving the rest of the roster.

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In examining the current construction of Washington's roster, Rivera paid close attention to the entire landscape of the NFL. He recently revealed having a watchful eye on the aggressive offseason moves by teams like the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers.

The biggest difference? Both San Francisco and Los Angeles don't have holes with the rest of their rosters and quarterback was the only true need. Rivera also alluded to his former mentor, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. Kansas City built their roster up and then drafted Patrick Mahomes to run the show.

Rivera said this of finding a new quarterback: "You've got to look and say: 'Hey, this is the fit that we want. This is the fit that we need." Washington was rumored to go after Matthew Stafford, but the Rams outbid them. At the end of the day, it wasn't worth giving up multiple first-round picks as Los Angeles did.

Currently, Ryan Fitzpatrick will operate as Washington's primary option at quarterback. He may be 38 years old, but the 16-year NFL veteran is more than capable, throwing 33 touchdowns over the last two seasons with the Dolphins.

Currently, the Washington Football Team may still have a real shot at the NFC East title. FanDuel Sportsbook gives Washington +260 odds to win the division in the latest NFC East odds.

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