Josh Harris, the new owner of the Washington Commanders, had initially planned to evaluate the head coaching situation at the end of the 2023 season. Following the team’s eighth consecutive loss, resulting in a 4-13 season, the Commanders decided to part ways with head coach Ron Rivera, as reported by NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.
In a statement, owner Josh Harris expressed gratitude to Ron Rivera and his wife for their contributions during the ownership transition, acknowledging Rivera’s positive impact on the organization and the NFL. Rivera’s tenure in Washington D.C. concluded with a 26-40-1 overall record, one playoff appearance, an NFC East title, but no winning seasons.
We’ve parted ways with head coach Ron Rivera pic.twitter.com/wTKnbgj0GU— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) January 8, 2024
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.
The team’s disappointing season included a 0-6 record within the NFC East and witnessing the Dallas Cowboys celebrate a division title. Rivera’s evaluation, initially planned for the end of the season, became evident as the losing streak continued, leading to his dismissal.
Rivera’s time in Washington was marked by challenges, including the team’s name change to the Commanders and the investigation of controversial owner Daniel Snyder. Despite the difficulties, Rivera stood tall and provided stability through on-field and off-field issues.
On the field, Rivera faced quarterback challenges, with eight different quarterbacks starting during his tenure. The season began with promise under quarterback Sam Howell, but struggles ensued, particularly after key trades and coaching staff changes.
This situation is familiar to Rivera, who was fired by the Carolina Panthers before the end of the 2019 season under a new owner. As the Commanders undergo potential changes, the future for Rivera remains uncertain, and questions arise about who will be Harris’s first hand-picked head coach for the franchise.