Changing the Commanders culture
Perhaps the final nail in Dan Snyder’s ownership of the Washington Commanders centered on concerning allegations surrounding toxic workplace culture throughout his tenure. Something that remains under investigation and could bring further ramifications down the line.
This culture is not in keeping with modern-day NFL methods and has to change. Fortunately for Josh Harris and his ownership group, the foundations are already in place to improve this aspect of running the franchise.
Ron Rivera was brought in as head coach and primary decision-maker to shift the landscape on the football side of things. This is something the respected figure has accomplished well, even if Snyder’s ongoing difficulties have been a distraction on more than a few occasions.
Another positive is Harris and Magic Johnson’s experience creating a winning atmosphere elsewhere. Both the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Dodgers have benefitted tremendously from an environment that breeds success rather than prevents it – which is a task Snyder was never able to manage throughout a torrid ownership spell than spanned more than two decades and brought just two postseason wins along the way.
Rivera and his staff deserve credit for putting in the groundwork. Whether they’ll be around to see through this ambitious project is a completely different question.