Ron Rivera: Dan Snyder brought me here to change the culture

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Welcome to Washington, Ron Rivera.

The NFL team hired Rivera as its head coach Dec. 31. In the six months since, he has become the voice and face of the franchise.

Owner Daniel Snyder declined several requests from The Washington Post for an interview before the newspaper’s investigative story published Thursday alleging widespread sexual harassment within the organization.

Fifteen women who worked for the NFL team detail the franchise’s toxic culture.

Rivera was quoted in the story, saying, “We’re trying to create a new culture here. We’re hoping to get people to understand that they need to judge us on where we are and where we’re going, as opposed to where we’ve been.”

He said more to local reporters Thursday night.

“Biggest thing is we have to move forward from this and make sure everybody understands we have policies that we will follow and that we have an open door policy with no retribution,” Rivera said, via Ben Standig of TheAthletic.com. “Plus my daughter works for the team and I sure as hell am not going to allow any of this!

“Dan Snyder brought me here to change culture and create an environment of inclusion among employees. I believe everyone that works for this franchise has a vested interest in our success.”

Rivera has his hands full, perhaps more so than he envisioned when he took the job, as he tries to turn around the team on the field and change the culture inside the facility.

The organization has hired attorney Beth Wilkinson to review the team’s culture.

16 responses to “Ron Rivera: Dan Snyder brought me here to change the culture

  1. River may be able to change the “culture “on the field and in the locker room, but it seems that their problems were in the offices among the guys wearing suits & ties.

  2. Since Snyder first bought this team, it has been a mess. But now, considering the need for changing the name and THIS. I would think this team needs more than a name change. More than an owner change. It needs to be a new team. New name, new logo, new color scheme, all of it.

  3. Not a Redskins fan, but hope Rivera succeeds in changing the culture. Don’t know how that will work if Snyder is part of the problem, but at least he’s new (to D.C.) and knows how to run a winning program. Good luck, Mr. Rivera, you’ll need it.

  4. Rivera seems like a good guy, but is it reasonable to ask him to change the entire franchise while also coaching a young team with a lot of new players to play football the way he wants?

  5. Changing culture starts with the top. And it looks like Ron may have a clean slate to begin with.

  6. Wow. I hope Rivera is getting paid consulting and corporate advisor fees on top of his coaching contract. Did he have any clue what the hell he was signing up for?

  7. Snyder brought you here to coach a football team!

    And if he did, he’s more incompetent than even we knew! You don’t have the legal background to fix any of this and only a fool would throw it on your plate!

    The league needs to force Snyder to hire the right people to fix this, leave you completely out of it and you can then be a COACH once the stench is out of the place!

  8. I went to work for Satan. He brought me here to change the culture. I dont know whether to feel sorry for Rivera or loathe him.

  9. I think Ron Rivera’s hiring came at the right time for this organization. I have only heard good things about this man.

  10. Darn, another Washington swamp to drain. If anyone can do it, Rivera might just be the one. I was sure impressed with his years here in Carolina.

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