Redskins have deal with Ron Rivera to be next head coach

Ben Krimmel
December 31, 2019 - 9:00 am

The Washington Redskins have agreed to a deal with Ron Rivera to be their next head coach, Michael Silver and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network report. 

The Redskins are giving Rivera a five-year deal, Rapoport reported.

Rivera emerged as a coveted NFL head coaching candidate after he was fired by the Carolina Panthers Dec. 3, ironically, after losing to the Redskins. Known as "Riverboat Ron" for his aggressive decision-making style, Rivera last nine seasons in Carolina and finished with a 76-63-1 record, including a trip to Super Bowl 50. The Panthers had three winning seasons during his tenure, but were able to make four trips to the playoffs and won three-straight division titles.

Rivera is the Redskins' ninth full-time head coach since Daniel Snyder bought the team in 1999. And news of his hiring came the day after longtime team president Bruce Allen was fired. And with Allen no longer in control of football operations, it is expected for Rivera to have a greater say in personnel matters. The Redskins are also expected to hire a general manager and maintain a better working relationship between the head coach and the front office. 

However, the final shape and structure of the Redskins front office, as well as Rivera's coaching staff, has yet to be finalized.

Rivera replaces Jay Gruden, who was fired in October after an 0-5 start to the season. Gruden amassed a 35-50-1 record during parts of five seasons in Washington. Bill Callahan held the title of interim head coach for the remainder of the 2019 season and went 3-8.

And the new Redskins head coach's task is no easy one: Snyder is tasking Rivera with helping reset the organization's culture after Gruden's and Allen's firing, repair the team's reputation around the league, nurture young quarterback Dwayne Haskins, elevate a young defense to the next level, and get the team to the playoffs for the first time since the 2015 and get their first postseason win since 2005. 

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