Ron Rivera spoke to roughly 130 people on Zoom last week including players, other coaches and support staff in what was his first truly team-wide meeting with the Redskins.
Rivera’s goal that day was to establish the kind of culture he’s aiming to build in Washington, and while he clearly would’ve preferred to lay that foundation in person, he still hoped everyone came away from the meeting with a solid idea of his vision.
Well, according to Tress Way and Nick Sundberg, the coach accomplished that — and much more.
I think I ran downstairs and I might’ve tackled my son Beau at two years old, Way told the Redskins Talk podcast during a long interview that also featured Sundberg. It was like six or seven minutes and it was just intense.
Rivera’s voice, Way explained, never became too loud as he addressed multiple levels of the organization. What he lacked in volume, however, he made up for with his message and the conviction he delivered it with, stressing to those in the conference that the Redskins would control their attitude, preparation and effort as long as he was leading the franchise.