Did Washington Football Coach Ron Rivera Troll New York Giants Coach Jason Garrett?

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Since arriving in Washington, Ron Rivera has had a lot to deal with.

He inherited a team that only won three games. He faced quarterbacking controversies, quarterbacking injuries, a team name identity crisis, COVID-19 and his own cancer diagnosis.

But even with all the pressure piling up on Rivera’s plate, he found ways to keep a light heart.

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At the end of Sunday’s training camp press conference, a Washington Post reporter said, “Thank you, Ron.”

“Oh, that’s ‘Coach’,” Rivera said with a wink, before adding, “just kidding.”

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The back-and-forth played on a similar — but more serious — trade earlier in the week at New York Giants training camp with former Dallas Cowboys head coach and current offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.

A reporter told Garrett, “It’s good to see you in person, Jason.” To which Garrett replied, “Good to see you, ‘Coach’…that’s what we’re saying here.”

Garrett’s episode – which may have been more about ‘politeness’ than ‘titles’ – sparked controversy on social media and sparked a debate over whether journalists should refer to coaches as ‘coaches’. “.

The ‘coach’ debate was originally sparked by Jackson State head coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, who abruptly ended a press conference after a reporter addressed him only as “Deion” instead of “Coach”.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t seem like Rivera cares whether you call him “Coach” or “Ron”, he just seems happy to be there and heading for another NFC Division title. East. And, of course, happy to give a friendly hit to a divisional coaching rival.

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