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Washington Commanders Set To Fire Ron Rivera After Disastrous Run Of Seven Successive Losses

It seems very likely that the Washington Commanders are set to say goodbye to head coach Ron Rivera after a hugely disappointing season that has seen the FedEx Field franchise lose eight successive games and finish with a horrendous 4-13 record, leaving them with the joint second-worst regular season record in the NFL.

Tyrese Griffin
Jan 15, 20247490 Shares111789 Views
It seems very likely that the Washington Commanders are set to say goodbye to head coach Ron Rivera after a hugely disappointing season that has seen the FedEx Field franchise lose eight successive games and finish with a horrendous 4-13 record, leaving them with the joint second-worst regular season record in the NFL.
Rivera’s four seasons in Washington have not been entirely poor; indeed, he took the team to the playoffs in his first campaign, albeit after a 7-0 record. The 62-year-old followed that up with 7-10, and 8-8-1 records in 2021 and 2022, respectively, and time seems to nearly be up.
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On where he feels the Commanders stand at this point, Rivera stated recently,
"Well, I'd like to think we're in a better place, probably a fair way to say it,"
"I most certainly do appreciate my time here, and we'll see what happens.” Added Riverain a way that certainly suggests he knows his time is nearly up before adding,
"What we've done with the culture,"
"I think that was one of the things that somebody asked me the same question, I said, the biggest thing more so than anything else I think is I kind of like where we are. Obviously, it's not where we want to be, but that's just the nature of this game sometimes."
Prior to his move to Washington in 2020, Rivera spent eight years in charge at the Carolina Panthers, taking the team to the Super Bowl in 2015. He was a Super Bowl winner as a player during his time at the Chicago Bears, but it seems he may be nearing the end of his coaching career unless he has offers waiting.
The Commanders were easily defeated in their final regular season game, with the Dallas Cowboys winning 38-10 to win the NFC East.
Quarterback Dak Prescott completed 31 of his 36 passes for 279 yards and praised the direction his team has taken, stating,
“Look at last year — the way we came into this place and didn’t finish the season the way we wanted to — to where we are now,”
“The growth. The coaching staff. The players. The accountability. The communication. The transparency. And both sides of the ball holding their own.” Prescott added.
All of those statements are in marked contrast to where the Commanders find themselves, and one wonders what the offseason holds for Washington and Rivera.
Indeed, following the loss, Rivera was asked about what the immediate future holds, leading to his rather defeated response,
“I’m not sure what to wait for, but I’ll meet with [Josh Harris] at some point tomorrow.” before adding,
“This ownership group is just as passionate as the fanbase.”
"I think the organization has to do what they believe is best for the organization. I really, truly believe that's what's going to happen. They'll make the best decision going forward." Rivera concluded.
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