New Washington Commanders owner Josh Harris had initially decided to wait until the end of the 2023 season to evaluate the coaching situation. Following the conclusion of the season, the Commanders fired head coach Ron Rivera on Monday, as reported by NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, and later confirmed by the team.
In a statement, owner Josh Harris expressed gratitude to Ron and Stephanie Rivera for their contributions during the ownership transition and acknowledged Ron’s positive impact on the organization and the NFL. Rivera’s departure comes after the Commanders finished the season with an eighth consecutive loss, ending with a 4-13 record, marking the worst season in his four-year tenure. Rivera’s overall record with the team stands at 26-40-1, including one playoff appearance, one NFC East title, and zero winning seasons.
In a significant move for the franchise, the Commanders are bringing in two-time NBA Executive of the Year Bob Myers, known for his role in building the Golden State Warriors dynasty, to help run the franchise. Additionally, former Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is joining the front office, as reported by Rapoport.
The Commanders’ decision to evaluate Rivera at the end of the season was reinforced by a string of losses, including a 0-6 record within the NFC East and a Thanksgiving defeat to the Dallas Cowboys, which led to the dismissal of defensive coordinator Jack del Rio.
Ron Rivera played a crucial role during a transitional phase for the Commanders, overseeing the name change to the Commanders and navigating challenges related to former owner Daniel Snyder. Despite facing difficulties on and off the field, including constant changes in the quarterback position, Rivera’s tenure deserves recognition in the franchise’s history.
On the field, Rivera dealt with numerous quarterback changes, with eight quarterbacks starting during his tenure. The team’s promising start with quarterback Sam Howell eventually turned, especially after the trades of defensive standouts Chase Young and Montez Sweat. The team went 1-8 after those trades, leading to significant changes in the coaching staff.
We’ve parted ways with head coach Ron Rivera pic.twitter.com/wTKnbgj0GU— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) January 8, 2024
This marks a familiar situation for Rivera, who was previously fired as head coach of the Carolina Panthers before the 2019 season ended. As more changes are anticipated for the Commanders, the future for Rivera, with a 102-103-2 overall coaching record, remains uncertain. The question of who will be Harris’ choice as the next head coach for the franchise also looms large.