Joe Theismann supports Ron Rivera not using timeouts Sunday vs Cardinals originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
In Sunday's 30-15 loss to the Arizona Cardinals head coach Ron Rivera decided against using his timeouts while the team trailed in the fourth quarter by two scores. FOX commentators Dick Stockton and Brady Quinn openly criticized the decision during Sunday's telecast, while Rivera defended it postgame saying "it’s a little fruitless to go out there and expose guys to getting hurt."
While many pundits are on both sides of the fence when it comes to Rivera's decision, former Washington quarterback Joe Theismann stood by Rivera during an interview with Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan Monday morning.
"It's an odd year," Theismann said. "Obviously when you're coaching on the sidelines you're assessing your ball club, you're looking at your football team and you're going to make a decision you feel is best for the team."
"Whatever decision Ron made I would just back and say 'Hey, he did it for a reason, he's the coach, it made sense'," Theismann continued. "It wasn't going to change the outcome of the football game. That's the bottom line."
Theismann also shared the same sentiment as Rivera in regards to preventative measures surrounding the team's health.
"Look at the injuries," Theismann said. "I said this before the season started. You watch all the injuries that will occur because there wasn't any hitting in training camp, there weren't any OTAs, there weren't any mini-camps, there weren't any preseason games."
"What Ron did he felt was best for the football team," Theismann said.