4 Washington Commanders on the hot seat heading into 2023 offseason
By Dean Jones
Ron Rivera – Washington Commanders HC
Achieving more with less has been the hallmark of Ron Rivera‘s time with the Washington Commanders so far. The head coach overcame significant personal adversity to attain playoff football in his first season and managed to keep repeatability despite a crumbling quarterback carousel that kept them out of the postseason picture in 2022.
Rivera is deeply respected both within Washington’s locker room and around the league. He’s a proven leader of men that knows how to successfully run an NFL team from a coaching standpoint, but this is his third year on the job and the margin for error is slimmer than ever.
The NFC East emerged as the league’s most competitive division this year, which is a far cry from the laughing-stock status it acquired in 2021. This won’t have gone unnoticed by Rivera, who needs to put the right offensive coordinator in place and assist in finding a signal-caller capable of getting this organization back into contention.
If Rivera can do this and develop the talent already on Washington’s roster, they have a chance. Should influential figures fail with their offseason objectives, the repercussions might be severe.
Dan Snyder is known to be a rash decision-maker. What Rivera’s done since joining the Commanders should hold plenty of weight with ownership, but it’s also worth remembering that the NFL is a ‘what have you done for me lately?’ league and if things turn sour, the head coach normally carries the can.