Believe it or not, Week 1 is here. Washington will play Philadelphia in just a few days, and no matter how much COVID-19 has disrupted life in 2020, football will be played.
That means Ron Rivera makes his debut as Washington head coach. It might feel like the former Panthers boss has been in Washington a decade, but the reality is, Rivera hasn't coached a single game for the Burgundy and Gold.
That changes Sunday.
For Rivera to win his debut Washington will need some answers to key questions. Let's take a look:
- Offensive line - Rivera preached competition throughout training camp, but the regular season is here now, and quarterback Dwayne Haskins needs to know what players will be blocking for him. It certainly appears third-year pro Geron Christian will take over at left tackle but the left guard spot seems more unsettled. Wes Martin got a ton of work there in camp, but might veteran Wes Schweitzer come back from an August injury? Luckily the right side of the line seems settled with Morgan Moses and Brandon Scherff, and center seems locked in with Chase Roullier, but that left side is anything but concrete.
- Cornerback - Kendall Fuller was Washington's big offseason free agent signing, but he hasn't practiced in about a week. Rivera needs him against the Eagles, and to do so, Fuller needs to practice this week. Beyond Fuller, third-year pro Fabian Moreau has been banged up during training camp and appeared to lose his starting gig to free agent addition Ronald Darby. Washington would be best served with Fuller and Moreau available to face the Eagles.
- Linebacker - It sure seems like veteran Thomas Davis and second-year pro Cole Holcomb will start at the two outside linebacker spots, but middle linebacker isn't nailed down yet. The guess is Shaun Dion Hamilton takes the spot, but the Rivera's middle linebacker will likely make calls in the huddle and that role needs to be clear.
The good news is not everything is a question. In fact, most starting spots seem firm and there's a solid idea of the depth chart at most positions.
The best news? Football is back.