Rapoport: Rivera will have 'significant say' in Redskins GM hire

The Fan News Desk
December 31, 2019 - 12:02 pm

New Washington Redskins head coach Ron Rivera will have a “significant say” in who the team hires to fill its general manager vacancy, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport told The Sports Junkies on Tuesday. 

With the head coaching vacancy now filled, owner Daniel Snyder will turn his attention to adding to the front office after he fired longtime executive Bruce Allen on Monday after 10 seasons with the organization.

Regardless of the title, whether its team president or general manager, Rapoport said Snyder is likely to hire someone who Rivera knows.

“I don’t think he’ll get to pick, because it doesn’t work like that,” Rapoport told The Junkies, “but I imagine he’ll have significant say because so much of what they’re going to try to do is build a cohesion between the coach and the front office in a way that obviously was not the case in the past.”

Several coaches previously grumbled about draft picks, Rapoport said, exemplifying the disarray Snyder is working to end.

“I imagine it’ll be someone Rivera knows and is familiar with,” Rapoport said on 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday. “(Rivera) will help and make sure that they can work together.” 

Rivera will be tasked with leading a franchise that hasn’t won a postseason game since 2005 or secured a playoff spot since 2015. Though some Redskins fans have criticized Rivera’s inconsistency during his time with the Carolina Panthers, Rapoport said Rivera’s 76-63-1 record in nine seasons doesn’t tell the complete story. 

“He literally built them up from nothing into a Super Bowl, a dominant Super Bowl team,” Rapoport said. “They ended up losing the Super Bowl obviously, but they were 15-1. They were dominant, and (Cam) Newton was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. When Newton’s health failed, the team struggled.” 

Rivera should thrive in Washington as long as the quarterback play is consistent, Rapoport told The Junkies.

“He is a very, very good coach,” Rapoport said. “He is an even better person. Players do love him. I think he’s going to do extremely well in Washington assuming Dwayne Haskins continues to develop as he did the last two games of the season.” 

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