By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Rivera replaces Jay Gruden, who began the 2019 season as the Redskins head coach. After being fired, the team named Bill Callahan as the interim head coach for the rest of the season.
“After several meetings with Coach Rivera, it was clear he is the right person to bring winning football back to Washington D.C.,” Dan Snyder, Washington Redskins Owner said. “He is widely respected around the league as a man of great integrity and has proven to be one of the finest coaches in the country.”
He was 76-63 as the Panthers head coach. Rivera also guided the Panthers to four playoff appearances, including an appearance in Super Bowl 50 before losing to the Denver Broncos during the 2015 season.
Rivera is well respected around the league and a lot of players love him. Panthers soon-to-be free agent Gerald McCoy said the reason why he signed with that franchise was Rivera.
McCoy said the coach is the best coach that he’s never had in the NFL.
Rivera is also known as a disciplinarian and is taking over a team that reportedly lacked discipline. This is one more step that Snyder is taking to get rid of the previous culture with the franchise.
He previously fired President of Football Operations Bruce Allen and Head Trainer Larry Hess. More changes could happen with Snyder working with outside consultants.
“While I love the storied history of the franchise, I am focused on the future and excited for the opportunity to win football games with this talented young team,” Rivera said. “After meeting Dan Snyder, it was clear we are aligned in our passion for the game and he supports my vision to turn the team around. I look forward to surrounding myself with great people and getting to work.”