Commanders News: Ron Rivera, Bill Belichick, Week 15 and free agents

Delving deeper into the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

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Commanders will fire Ron Rivera

Ron Rivera is being handed the dignity of seeing out the season as Washington Commanders head coach. After that, it seems as if his time with the franchise will end.

Rivera's done a decent job in difficult circumstances. However, four straight losing seasons and the introduction of new ownership don't exactly point to another year at the helm.

This was a sentiment echoed by Dianna Russini of The Athletic. The senior insider stated that those around the league firmly believe the Commanders firing Rivera after the 2023 campaign is a done deal. Something that would signal the start of an exciting new era with Josh Harris' group leading the charge.

"There are no surprises arriving in Washington at the end of the regular season. At this point it’s understood around the building based on multiple people I have spoken with that Ron Rivera and some front office members will be fired. Since acquiring the team, new owner Josh Harris has had the vision to keep Rivera in place through the end of the season, then move on. It’s really not a secret anymore."

Dianna Russini, The Athletic

If this expected scenario does come to fruition, Rivera can have no complaints. This will also be the second time he's been fired by an incoming owner after he was dismissed by the Carolina Panthers once David Tepper bought the organization from Jerry Richardson for a then-record $2.275 billion.