Commanders HC Ron Rivera opens up on future
Ron Rivera has been around long enough to know what might be coming unless the Washington Commanders finish off the season strongly. The head coach is seemingly in one of the NFL's hottest seats following the arrival of Josh Harris' ownership group, with a 4-6 record through 10 games not exactly what fans wanted to see from the team entering Year 4 of his tenure.
Rivera was pretty open about his future when speaking to reporters on Friday. The head coach is aware of what might arrive once the season concludes, but he'll be leaving with his head held high if the worst happens based on comments via Pro Football Talk.
"I mean, I understand the situation and circumstances, but I’m not going to waver on anything. I’ll stick to what I talked about in the spring and that was the growth and development of the quarterback and the offensive unit. . . . My big disappointment has been we haven’t played as well on defense that we’ve needed to. Does that make my job security shaky? It could. I mean, I have no idea what Mr. Harris is going to do. So all I can do is just focus in on each game each week and just stay on that game. I did the same thing in Carolina, and the truth is, I mean, this is the nature of the game. I get it. So, if it happens, it happens. If I stay, I stay. Until then, I will just continue to work."- Ron Rivera via Pro Football Talk
It's been a difficult situation for Rivera. He shifted the culture in a positive direction and restored some semblance of respectability amid the chaos generated by previous owner Dan Snyder, but whether that's enough to see out the final year of his Commanders' contract in 2024 remains to be seen.