The Redskins have no prime-time games scheduled for the 2020 season, and that's just how Ron Rivera likes it.
On Wednesday, Washington's head coach participated in a Zoom meet and greet with a handful of military families, where he took questions on how his own military background impacted his younger life as well as his coaching career.
At one point in the chat, one participant brought up the Redskins' absence of Sunday and Monday night contests, and how he's relieved for some of his friends stationed outside of the United States who won't have to wake up at odd times in 2020 to catch those matchups live.
That's when Rivera explained why he's relieved, too.
"I'm not a big fan of prime-time games," he said. "I could care less that we have a primetime game."
The reason for that stems from the structured way Rivera grew up. As a kid, he'd wake up early in the morning, handle his chores and then go about his day. To him, that routine is similar to what he goes through for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Well, this year, Rivera and his team will get to take that kind of approach on 13 occasions. The Redskins will also have a few 4 p.m. Sunday games as well as a 4:25 p.m. matchup on Thanksgiving in Dallas, but nothing later than that.
While the organization won't get much national attention because of their schedule, Rivera's hoping they'll be more comfortable week in and week out. But he also wanted to establish something about how they'll play, regardless of when it's happening.
"It doesn't matter when you watch us, you're going to enjoy us."
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