Ron Rivera called his players together to deliver the “tough news” of his cancer diagnosis on Thursday night and by Saturday morning ripped into them for a practice that didn’t meet his standards.
Washington’s coach knows he’ll struggle during treatment for squamous cell carcinoma but doesn’t want his health to be a focus. There’s a plan B in place for defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio to take over the coaching when necessary, but Rivera got a good prognosis from doctors about making a full recovery. He wants his team to be “business as usual” and concentrate on football.
“I can’t wait to get started and get this thing over with and go forward,” Rivera said. “I understand the significance of what I’m going to be going through. I understand how tough it’s going to be. Those days that I can be on the field I will be on the field,