3 things Ron Rivera must prove to new Commanders ownership group
By Dean Jones
What must Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera prove to Josh Harris' ownership group once the sale receives formal NFL approval?
There is obvious elation about the Washington Commanders falling into the hands of new ownership. Dan Snyder's power grip on the organization looks set to relinquish after months of speculation, with the Josh Harris group signing exclusive paperwork pending NFL approval for a landmark $6.05 billion agreement, sparking jubilant scenes among the fanbase when the news became public on Friday afternoon.
This signals the dawning of a potentially prosperous era for the Commanders with people that have accumulated a wealth of success running sports franchises. However, it only clouds the future of head coach Ron Rivera along the way.
Rivera is seen by many as a lame-duck coach and primary shot-caller from the moment other NFL owners approve the sale agreement. The respected figure doesn't share the same view and although his hands have been tied this offseason, there is genuine belief this roster is destined for something special.
The stakes are high and a showdown is coming between all parties. With that in mind, here are three things Rivera must prove to Harris' group once they take charge of the Commanders this summer.
Thing to Prove No. 1
Ron Rivera must prove Commanders growth
While there's a chance Ron Rivera could talk his way into another season or two under the new ownership regime, actions are going to speak far louder than words. This can occur by demonstrating the necessary growth where it counts - between the white lines.
If the Commanders show they are heading in the right direction despite all the recent distractions, Rivera has something to bargain with. But anything less than postseason football is going to be a serious problem.
It won't be easy and the schedule hasn't been kind. Much will also depend on whether or not Sam Howell can improve production at the quarterback position.