3 things Ron Rivera must prove to new Commanders ownership group
By Dean Jones
Ron Rivera must make his Commanders vision clear
Josh Harris and his ownership group are going to have their own specific ideas on how to take the Washington Commanders forward. There are also some big decisions that require immediate attention in pursuit of getting the franchise off the canvas and back to the NFL's top table after Dan Snyder's crippling tenure.
Everyone needs to be on the same page for this to work. That means sitting down with the likes of Ron Rivera and team president Jason Wright soon after the transition becomes official to hopefully find some common ground that works for all parties.
That's the best-case scenario. For Rivera, anyway.
Of course, there could be a clash of vision between the influential figures. And as Rivera recently stated via Kevin Patra of Around the NFL, there is only going to be one winner in that regard.
"I've got to be very specific and very clear cut with what our vision is going forward. And it has to mesh. That's one of the things I learned from [the Panthers change] is that not having it mesh, not having an explanation of what we're going to do and how we're going to do it … slows that process down. I could be gone in a year, that's football."- Ron Rivera via NFL.com
Rivera's been around this particular block before when David Tepper bought the Carolina Panthers for a then-record $2.2 billion. Whether he can avoid the same fate is highly debatable.