Commanders News: Jack Del Rio, Josh Harris, Ron Rivera and changing times

Examining the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.
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Which Washington Commaders news stories are hitting the headlines as the team finally made some coaching changes following their loss to the Dallas Cowboys?

After such a humiliating defeat with the national NFL audience watching on Thanksgiving Day against the Dallas Cowboys, something had to be done. And finally, at long last, head coach Ron Rivera put his loyalty to one side and pulled the trigger on two staffing changes.

This could be just the start of things to come unless things don't improve. While we wait for further developments, the stories causing conversation include Josh Harris' desire, Ron Rivera seeing out the season, Jack Del Rio being sacrificed, and the intent to do things differently over Washington's remaining five games.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Commanders fire Jack Del Rio

It was another game where the Washington Commanders' defense gave up too many big plays at the Dallas Cowboys, it seemed almost inevitable that someone would pay the price with their job. Despite Ron Rivera's previous reluctance, he eventually conceded by firing defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio and defensive backs coach Brent Vieselmeyer.

When discussing the moves, Rivera stated via Clutch Points that this wasn't an indictment on either coach. Instead, it's more a case of wanting to see growth after Washington's once-vaunted defense turned out to be anything but this season.

"Those guys worked their asses off. For whatever reason, it wasn't coming together."

Ron Rivera via Clutch Points

Rivera will now assume play-calling responsibilities on defense. One last throw of the dice from a head coach who could also be facing the chop once the 2023 campaign concludes.