Ron Rivera agrees to become next Washington coach

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Any hurdles they may have had negotiating a deal clearly weren’t hard to clear.

According to Mike Silver of NFL Network, Ron Rivera has agreed to a deal to become Washington’s next head coach.

Rivera lends a bit of gravity to a franchise that desperately needs it.

The two-time NFL coach of the year is known for building bonds and developing a strong culture, both of which Dan Snyder’s team is in serious need of.

They’ll still need to work on their front office after finally getting rid of Bruce Allen, but hiring Rivera is a strong positive step. The fact that he was available a month ago after being fired by the Panthers also allowed them to move quickly, before other teams could.

90 responses to “Ron Rivera agrees to become next Washington coach

  1. Welcome to the worst run franchise and Owner in the NFL. If you thought taking questions about Cam was difficult just wait for whats coming with your time in DC. Enjoy the money I guess.

  2. I find it hard to believe that he thought this was his best option. This teams needs an infusion of talent and able to develop Haskins. Maybe he can bring QB coach Norv Turner with him? I think that as long as Snyder is involved the team is doomed to failure. I hope the best for him.

  3. Ron is a great coach and man, but without player selection control and the curse of the owner, I find it hard to believe that he will turn things around with a great GM that is great at player selection and acquisition.

  4. As long as the toxic entity that is Snyder permeates in the Redskins organization, Belichick, Lombardi, Noll or Landry couldn’t win there

  5. 3 winning seasons in 9 years with the Panthers. He was awful despite the 2015 run and riding Cam into the ground. He coaches not to lose and will surely bring Washington a slew of 7-9 seasons. The modern day Jeff Fisher.

  6. Well, at least Redskins fans know their defense will improve under Ron Rivera.

    I am always interested to see newly hired head coaches assemble their staff. The OC hire will be huge for the future success of the Skins.

  7. I think Riverboat Ron is a really good coach. Carolina made a very big mistake imo. But, why on earth this guy would choose that dump of an organization in Washington I have no idea. This is a terrible idea.

  8. Welcome to the Redskins coach Rivera! Glad to have such a respected coach like you aboard. Now don’t take this the wrong way but we’ve taken down more accomplished coaches than you. Unfortunately few coaches leave the Snyder era Redskins with as good or better reputation as they had coming in. Not even the legendary Joe Gibbs could escape this fate. But we are all pulling for you.

  9. He better have gotten part ownership of the team. Owner is a buttinski and to put up with that, Rivera better have gotten a ton and more because he could of went elsewhere for good money and a lot less head ache.

  10. It is very surprising that Rivera would make such a quick decision. He’s joining one of the worst run franchises in sports. Surely he would have had better options. A guess he felt a bird in the hand was the way to go, but that bird is a dead pigeon.

  11. Will Cam be joining him?…
    Cam knows his system and can help the next guy learn and transition… Just saying
    Man that would be strange to see Newton in a Redskins uniform..

  12. Let’s see,…….. a 2 win Redskin team comes to Charlotte and beats Ron’s team, next day Ron is fired and now the Skins hire him?!! Talk about an interesting scenario!!!

  13. Rivera is the best coach the Redskins have hired in a decade. Cleveland should have gone after Rivera. IMO he is a culture change kind of a coach.

  14. everlast79 says:
    December 31, 2019 at 9:15 am

    3 winning seasons in 9 years with the Panthers. He was awful despite the 2015 run and riding Cam into the ground. He coaches not to lose and will surely bring Washington a slew of 7-9 seasons. The modern day Jeff Fisher.
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    So negative… You do realize coaches can only do so much? They are not playing on the field. Just look at the current playoff teams. Nearly all have top caliber QBs and Cam was 6-2, a couple years ago, until he got hurt. Winning is so tough in the NFL. I see Ron as an excellent coach. You guys constantly slam Cam, but Rivera gets the team to a SB with Cam, and now Ron sucks? You can’t have it both ways.
    Jim Caldwell gets constantly ridiculed and he has had success at every venture. He took Detroit, of all teams, to 2 playoff berths in 4 years and was the only Lions coach with a winning record since 1972.
    Modern day Jeff Fisher? Well, I would take his career over living in my momma’s basement. Fisher is one of the most well-respected people around the NFL. Where do you guys get this stuff from?

  15. I feel like he would have been a better fit with the Giants, which is also a much more attractive landing spot. I imagine he didn’t want to pass up an offer to work next season and risk not getting another offer.

  16. This will be an interesting team to watch this season. It has more talent than is commonly believed. Defensively, Allen, Payne, Ioannidis, Sweat, Kerrigan, Holcomb, Dunbar, and Collins can all play — plus the team is poised to add Ruben Foster and Chase Young, a generational talent. By the end of the season, Haskins looked damn good, Guice can run (if healthy) and McLaurin is a budding star. But the problem with this team has been culture and discipline. Rivera is a perfect fit to address those problem — he is beloved and respected by players and his schemes are structurally sound and a better fit for the Skins personnel (one gap instead of two gap). After 20 years of failing, Danny finally got something a right.

  17. The second most important part of this story is the part that hasn’t been revealed…. yet. How much control will the HC have and how much will the owner interfere? Washington, you made a great choice. Now, let him do what he knows how to do.

  18. This is a decent first step for the redskins. Hire a coach who will bring some respectability and relationship building into the franchise. Lay a solid foundation. Then after 3-4 years, start looking for a coach who will take you to the playoffs and possibly win a superbowl.

  19. wawa33 says:
    December 31, 2019 at 9:44 am
    Who was Snyder’s Rooney Rule interview
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    Dude….RIVERA
    Unless the Rooney Rule only applies to African Americans.

    For those of you dissing Rivera for taking the job, maybe he was given substantial control of the roster.

  20. wawa33 says:
    December 31, 2019 at 9:44 am
    Who was Snyder’s Rooney Rule interview?

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    Ron -is- the Rooney Rule interview as he is a minority….

  21. On the hiring itself, good for the Redskins. I am surprised that Rivera did not wait to see if he could interview with the Giants as both situations have young, talented qb’s. A bird in the hand I guess.

  22. Strong culture? He was a Cam Newton enabler and hired immature, dumb players.

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    Greg Olsen, Luke Keuchley, and McCaffrey are dumb and immature? No, you’re wrong….Cam might be, but there a lot of solid players that Ron brought in.

  23. The honeymoon will be over soon as Snyder agrees to the next trading away four draft pick 90million dollar type deal for the next Dexter Manley.

  24. Hiring from the bottom up has worked so well for Snyder. Anyone remember when they hired Jom Zorn as OC and then no one would take the HC job so they were forced to promote Zorn? Good luck finding a competent GM who wants to step into the job without any input on the HC.

  25. Yes, this team needs an infusion of talent in the secondary, offensive line, running back, and at QB. Haskins-Robbins is never going to be even an average QB. We need to offload him and Alice Smith and trade Keenum for someone to develop and then to draft a mid-round QB to develop. This team has actual talent at wide receiver though an uograde on TE position is a must as well – Sprinkle is a clown.

    And no……….. Trent Williams should never get back. He has been very average for years. Like Honduhs and Toyoduhs, he has been half-stepping on his past reputation. Enough of this jerk is enough.

  26. He can’t be worse than they’ve had the last few seasons. Everyone that played for him speaks highly of him, which will be an improvement over what the Redskins have had for several years now. Here’s to hoping

  27. .546 Rivera winning %
    -.423 Snyder winning %

    I’m confident Snyder can get rid of that pesky extra .123% and bring Rivera down to the Redskins way.

  28. scoreatwill says: I find it hard to believe that he thought this was his best option. This teams needs an infusion of talent and able to develop Haskins. Maybe he can bring QB coach Norv Turner with him? I think that as long as Snyder is involved the team is doomed to failure. I hope the best for him.

    I’d be shocked to see Norv Turner return to the Skins after the awful way Snyder treated him (when Norv was HC).

  29. He’s a defensive-minded coach in an offensive-minded league. He’d probably be better suited as a defensive coordinator. Washington probably would have been better hiring an offensive-minded coach to develop Haskins. They just spent a first-round pick on a guy who has shown signs of promise. They also picked McLaurin later in the draft to give them a good QB and a good WR. Now they need to get some offensive linemen and that offense could probably be special. Does Rivera have the ability to do that? I doubt it.

  30. Emmet Carney says:
    December 31, 2019 at 11:29 am
    The Browns are the worst franchise not the Redskins. They fired two coaches in less than two seasons.

    Dont forget they let Gregg Williams go. Williams turned a 2-4-1 team into a 5-3 team midseason. IMO, the team would have been in the playoffs with Williams and Kitchens as OC…. but I guess we will never know.

  31. The key ingredient is now is a dynamite OC and QB coach to bring Haskins along. Ron’s got his eye out on the defensive side already. With patience from Synder and the front office, they could be on to something good.

  32. He is inheriting a good defense. Now he needs to find a quarterback. If he trades for Cam Newton, then he won’t last very long in DC.

  33. Snyder is the curse of Washington. They will never win anything as long as he meddles like he does. I bet he’s on Jerruh’s payroll with a mandate to keep the Skins woeful and bumbling.

  34. Until some of these “old guard” owners get out of the way, or the NFL gets them out of the way (adopting some minimum standards of success to retain title to the franchise), I fear that the Redskins, like the Cardinals will be a career killer/ender for players and coaches alike. Ron Rivera is too good a coach to be wasted in a dysfunctional organization where the owner can’t get out of the way of progress.
    Even Cleveland would have been a better place to live than the Washington area and the talent, while challenging, would have offered a headstart toward the playoffs.

  35. Reeks of desperation; Rivera can do much better than the dysfunctional Redskins. Here in NY, the Giants are looking for a head coach; the Giants is a much storied franchise, wherein he can help rebuild that culture (no, I don’t root for the football teams in my state). Redskins coaching opportunities are for guys Schurmur or Gase (if the Jets were sensible and let him walk) … matches made in heaven.

  36. Rivera sure beats the hell out of Zorn and Gruden. Let’s give the guy a little time and see how the coaching roster fills out and the GM. At least Allen is finally gone. That GM was more like BM! Famous name, but that’s all. The one good GM they had they drove to drink and dumped, keeping the incompetent Allen. Now that he’s gone and there is a respected coach in DC let’s see how they do. I’m optimistic for my wife’s beloved Redskins….

  37. Congrats to the Redskins and Rivera. Anyone have any details about comp? Must be lucrative.

    Perhaps Rivera will bring in Norv Turner and Philip Rivers to develop Haskens! That trio made it to the AFC Championship game.

  38. Maybe he got a double indemnity clause which gives him an extra $10 Million per year if he is fired by “Quick Draw” Snyder? Wish him the best, but that is probably the toughest job in football.

  39. Hey, if it only took 9 wins to win the NFC East, Rivera can make it work….The Eagles don’t scare anyone, the Giants are rebuilding, and Dallas is…well, Dallas. The NFC East can be had by the Skins.

  40. everlast79 says:
    December 31, 2019 at 9:15 am
    3 winning seasons in 9 years with the Panthers. He was awful despite the 2015 run and riding Cam into the ground. He coaches not to lose and will surely bring Washington a slew of 7-9 seasons. The modern day Jeff Fisher

    As a redskins fan, I will take Rivera’s record Not to mention one of those seasons was a 15-1 regular season record and a trip to the Super Bowl.

    Rivera has been a class act and is a players coach. I expect he will be a much better coach than what the skins have had since Gibbs came back for his second tenure with the team.

    Welcome to the Redskins coach Rivera. We are ecstatic to have you! We have been the doormat of the NFL for way too long.

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