Washington Commanders Fire Coach Ron Rivera

Ron Rivera with the Panthers in 2016
Ron Rivera with the Panthers in 2016. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (6899018o)

The Washington Commanders have fired coach Ron Rivera after the team failed to secure a playoff berth, finishing bottom of the NFC East with a 4-13 record. This comes on the same day that Commanders owner Josh Harris hired former Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers and former Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman to assist in the hunt for a new head of football operations and head coach.

Joining the Commanders in 2020, Rivera led the team to the NFC East title in his debut season with the team, however, he was never able to produce a winning record since. During his four seasons in Washington, Rivera’s record stands at 26-40-1.

While Harris thanked Rivera for his service and called him a “good man” and “thoughtful leader”, he did not hide the fact that Rivera’s performances fell short of expectations. “To deliver upon our ultimate goal of becoming an elite franchise and consistently competing for the Super Bowl, there is a lot to do, and first we must establish a strong organizational infrastructure led by the industry’s best and most talented individuals,” Harris said, speaking of the search for a new head coach and head of football operations.