Is Ron Rivera a 'sexy' enough name for Dan Snyder?

The Fan News Desk
December 04, 2019 - 1:08 pm

By Scott Gelman

Is former Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera a “sexy” enough name for Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins to consider pursuing this offseason?

Well, if history is any indication of future behavior, the answer would almost certainly be no, as USA Today’s Mike Jones and NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay told Chad Dukes on Tuesday. 

Despite Rivera posting a 76-63-1 record in nine seasons with Carolina and making a Super Bowl, he might not be the Redskins' top choice because of his background as a defensive coach. Before Rivera took over the Panthers in 2011, he spent six seasons as a defensive coordinator with the Chargers and Bears. 

“If you’re a smart football person, yes, you want a guy who has a bunch of stability and a guy who is defensive-minded,” Jones told 106.7 The Fan. “(The Redskins) go after offensive-minded coaches. They want points on the board, sexy names. I don’t know that Ron Rivera is sexy enough.” 

Finlay said it’s unlikely Rivera, who is reportedly interested in coaching again, would be the Snyder’s top choice. 

“There are always hot offensive coordinators that become ‘sexy’ names,” Finlay told Dukes Tuesday. “There’s this working theory in the NFL that you don’t want defensive-minded coaches, because then if your offensive coordinator has success, he leaves and then you've gotta start a new offense and that doesn't allow for continuity.”

Who would fit this mold? The Redskins current offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell.

It’s also unlikely the Redskins hire a head coach before Snyder makes a decision on team president Bruce Allen’s future, Finlay said. It’s unclear whether Allen now has the job stability he once had, as NFL Network and The Washington Post reported last week. 

"It's hard to know what's gonna happen because until we know who the decision-maker is at Redskins Park until we know if they're keeping Bruce or making that change, it's hard to guess as to who the next coach," Finlay added.

But the Redskins haven’t hired a defensive-minded head coach since Marty Schottenheimer, so regardless of whether Rivera is a “sexy” candidate, it’s doubtful the organization would seriously consider him or even another defensive-minded coach like Todd Bowles. 

“If they determine Rivera is the guy and they like his mindset, hire him,” Finlay said. “None of us know what’s going to happen until they make a decision at the top.”

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