- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Washington coach Ron Rivera is always scouting.

When he saw the video of the Washington fan who went viral during Monday night’s game against Seattle, he was impressed with his form when he pushed away Seahawks tight end Gerald Everett from jumping into the stands.

“I did like his hand placement, nice and tight on the inside,” Rivera said Tuesday. “Just a little shove to keep him protecting his part of the stadium.”

Rivera said he “appreciates” that kind of energy from the fans, but added the mature disclaimer that fans should be “careful” in future Lambeau Leap situations to make sure “no one gets hurt.”

Rivera was also complimentary of the energy in the stadium during the fourth quarter. While the stadium was nowhere near full, it did get loud multiple times as Russell Wilson tried to lead the Seahawks downfield.

At the very least, the energy got the second-year coach pumped up, and he showed it walking off the field after the 17-15 win.

“That felt like a packed house because of the energy, and that’s what got me fired up,” Rivera said. “I mean, the energy was there. I think that’s something that this team seems to thrive off of too.”

• Jacob Calvin Meyer can be reached at jmeyer@washingtontimes.com.

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