Commanders news: Josh Harris, Bill Belichick, Ron Rivera and Week 18

Examining the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines ahead of their regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys this afternoon?

After a long, hard season for the Washington Commanders, it all comes to an end this afternoon. Their Week 18 game against the Dallas Cowboys is sold out - although how many home fans will be in attendance following two wins from the last 14 contests remains to be seen.

It'll be a poignant occasion for many with landmark changes upcoming. It's also Ron Rivera's 62nd birthday today as he embarks on his final encounter as head coach. Heading into the clash, the stories causing debate include Rivera's accountability, Josh Harris' intent, momentum growing around Bill Belichick, and everything to know ahead of Week 18.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Ron Rivera's accountability

The post-mortems have already begun surrounding Ron Rivera's time with the Washington Commanders. It's not gone according to plan from a results standpoint. The culture within the locker room has been questioned by current players and recently traded defensive end Montez Sweat. The roster looks in desperate need of a complete overhaul in pursuit of better fortunes.

When discussing what went wrong, Rivera took accountability for the team's failings based on comments via Sports Illustrated. When it's all said and done, the Commanders haven't progressed effectively under his leadership. That's the most disappointing element of all.

"There's a number of things. But it's unfortunate. I mean, at the end of the day, it's my responsibility. And so that's what's most disappointing for me is that there were some things that we just didn't get done. And that's the hard part."

Ron Rivera via Sports Illustrated

Rivera tried hard, but it simply wasn't good enough. It's unlikely Josh Harris will fire him on his 62nd birthday, but the time for change has no doubt arrived.