Commanders HC Ron Rivera's future
Firing defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio does nothing to change Ron Rivera's current job standing. The head coach is living on borrowed time with his fourth-straight losing season since taking charge virtually confirmed, but all signs point to the Washington Commanders seeing out the season and going from there.
This growing sentiment was echoed by Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports. The senior insider stated via sources that Rivera has earned the right to leave with dignity at the end of the season, even if the end outcome won't go in his favor.
"Multiple sources tell CBS Sports that managing partner Josh Harris is inclined to keep Ron Rivera through the end of the regular season, but it is widely assumed that he will not be retained as head coach and the ostensible chief of football for the Commanders after the 17th game of the year. Rivera finishing out the season is likely to take place even if Washington is mathematically eliminated from postseason contention weeks earlier. One source said Rivera has "earned the right" to stay through the end, while others have noted Harris keeping Rivera through a lost season presents himself as a benevolent owner who's willing to fairly evaluate everything without making rash decisions."- Jonathan Jones, CBS Sports
Josh Harris is a patient man by all accounts. He's also more than aware of Rivera's standing among league circles, so bringing an abrupt end to his tenure when there aren't many games left in any case probably doesn't make much sense from his point of view.
Black Monday should be a different story.