Commanders News: Dan Snyder, Ron Rivera, Robert Griffin III and QB pick
By Dean Jones
Ron Rivera’s relief at Commanders sale
The Washington Commanders falling into new ownership is bound to put the spotlight squarely on Ron Rivera‘s future with the team. His seat is now among the hottest in football given how these transactions normally come with wholesale changes, so it’ll be interesting to see how the head coach responds to increased pressure when the 2023 campaign arrives.
Rivera’s taken everything in his stride throughout the process, focusing on what he can control rather than worrying too much about other circumstances. When speaking to Jarrett Bell of USA Today, the coach was clearly relieved to see an end to the saga while also maintaining focus on football-related matters ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft.
"“Kind of relief. It really seemed like a load was lifted, because everybody was on pins and needles for the last couple of months. You kind of wondered what was going to happen. Then we got right back to the draft meetings. We’ll still be business as usual.”"
The respected figure is fully aware of what happens if there is a difference of opinion or no notable improvements in the on-field product. This is Rivera’s fourth year of an up-and-down tenure with the Commanders, so everything must go right when competitive games arrive to improve his chances of an extended stay.
Discussions will take place between the new owners and Rivera once everything receives formal approval from the league. Everyone must be on the same page for a sustainable future, but it would be the wrong move to oust the coach at this stage of the offseason before giving him a chance to prove himself.