Commanders News: QB confusion, Ron Rivera, roster moves and Week 17

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

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Commanders moving on from Ron Rivera

There's no doubt big changes are coming to the Washington Commanders after the last two games of 2023. Ron Rivera is overseeing his fourth consecutive losing season since taking charge. The roster doesn't look especially great aside from a few core pieces. Josh Harris' ownership group wants to get the franchise back among the contenders, so this season is unlikely to reflect well on the head coach when the time for final assessments arrives.

Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero from the NFL Network became the latest insiders to suggest Rivera will be relieved of his duties in the not-too-distant future. More importantly, they focused on Harris' ability to entice key personnel into his sporting organizations and the attractiveness of Washington's upcoming job openings under the new regime.

"The Commanders are 0-3 since and this week benched quarterback Sam Howell. So, while no decisions have been finalized, the situation appears to be trending towards major changes, including moving on from coach Ron Rivera. If and when that happens, expect Harris to lead the search for his replacement. He's shown a penchant for attracting and hiring key personnel, including bringing in Nick Nurse and Daryl Morey to the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and Lindy Ruf and Tom Fitzgerald to the NHL's New Jersey Devils. The Commanders job is more attractive than it's been in decades, thanks to competent ownership, some building blocks on the roster, a potential top-three draft pick and extra draft capital to potentially package and target a new franchise QB."

Ian Rapoport & Tom Pelissero, NFL.com

This offseason is going to be one of the most eventful in franchise history. After so much misery under the previous owner, exciting times are ahead. Unfortunately for Rivera, he's unlikely to be part of it.

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