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Washington football coach Ron Rivera delegates to his coaches but tries to 'set the standard'

Washington football coach Ron Rivera delegates to his coaches but tries to 'set the standard'

NBC Sports Washington brought together local coaches Ron Rivera (Washington football), Todd Reirden (Capitals), Scott Brooks (Wizards) and Mike Thibault (Mystics) to discuss the intricacies of their craft in a free-wheeling discussion hosted by Julie Donaldson. We present six days highlighting different themes of their conversation - experiences, stories and lessons shared from careers in coaching. To watch the full roundtable, click here

Ron Rivera knows what it means to be in charge and with that task comes the need for delegating. Delegation also requires oversight to be sure things go the right way, even if from a distance. 

Delegate, but demand. 

I had reached out to John Madden after my second season and ended up spending a lot of time with coach and had the opportunity to really sit down and visit and talk with him and one of the things he gave me, a great piece of advice, really was delegating authority. He said 'You know, you can delegate the authority all you want, but at the end of the day did you set the standard? Did you tell them ‘ok you're in charge of this but it has to be at this level.’ And it’s interesting, it really opened my eyes up.

That Rivera nugget comes from the Coaches Roundtable, a series of interviews with Rivera, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks, Mystics head coach Mike Thibault and Capitals head coach Todd Reirden. Each coach explained that while they've gotten plenty of advice throughout their career, some moments and thoughts mattered more than others. 

COACHES' ROUNDTABLE: WATCH THE FULL DISCUSSION WITH COACH BROOKS, REIRDEN, RIVERA AND THIBAULT

"It really doesn't matter where you get the good advice from," Rivera said. "A lot of really good advice I got has come from within the sport. You know everybody from Mike Ditka, to Andy Reid have all given me great advice and great words of encouragement." 

While Rivera leaned on Madden, Thibault leaned on arguably the greatest coach of all time in any sport, legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. 

"You know Coach Wooden, he started practice the first day every year doing the same thing basically he had done for 20 years and it was back to the basic ABCs of the game.  And so I think that I don't ever lose sight that you have to stay true to your foundation," Thibault said.  "I think the second best advice I had to learn and was given was: don't try to be somebody else. You gotta be yourself."

Be yourself. Delegate but demand. Stay true. 

That's good advice. 

To watch the full Coaches' Roundtable with Coach Brooks, Coach Reirden, Coach Rivera and Coach Thibault, click here.

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Jordan Reed is set to continue his NFL career with a couple of familiar faces out west

Jordan Reed is set to continue his NFL career with a couple of familiar faces out west

Jordan Reed's first 329 receptions in the NFL came with Washington. Number 330, though, is likely going to happen out west.

Adam Schefter reported on Monday that the tight end is signing a one-year contract with the 49ers that is "incentive-laden." In that report, Schefter noted that Reed is currently healthy.

The 30-year-old didn't play at all for Washington in 2019 after suffering his latest concussion in a preseason collision. All kinds of injuries have plagued Reed as a pro, but it's the head trauma that is most worrisome. He has remained committed to staying in the league, however, and is slated to now do so with one of the sport's top contenders.

Reed will reunite with Kyle Shanahan, his old offensive coordinator, and Trent Williams, a longtime ex-teammate, with the Niners. The thought of him pairing up with George Kittle is frightening, as long as Reed can get right and return to somewhere that's even close to his usual form.

Reed was having a stellar training camp last summer before suffering that concussion in Atlanta. It's going to be nerve-racking watching him take hits again for San Fran — it has been nerve-racking for years now, in fact — but he believes he still has more to offer and the NFC West franchise clearly does as well.

Washington is scheduled to visit the 49ers this December. 

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Washington linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons is opting out of the 2020 NFL season

Washington linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons is opting out of the 2020 NFL season

The linebacker position is one of the more crowded spots on the Washington Football Team. That crowd decreased by one on Monday, though.

Josh Harvey-Clemons has opted out of the 2020 season, the team announced. The 26-year-old was set to enter his fourth year with the franchise and figured to compete for a depth spot for Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio.

He is the second player on the Burgundy and Gold to make that choice this offseason. Lineman Caleb Brantley opted out last week, too.

A seventh-round draft pick in 2017, Harvey-Clemons has appeared in 35 regular season contests for Washington. He's mostly been a special teamer and reserve option since coming out of Louisville and wasn't a lock by any means to make the 2020 roster. 

The Harvey-Clemons news wasn't the only personnel move that came down on Monday.

The organization also waived three guys — defensive end Cameron Malveaux, defensive back Maurice Smith and tight end Caleb Wilson — and released running back Josh Ferguson. 

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