WASHINGTON (BVM) – Ron Rivera was on the hot seat throughout the back half of the 2023 NFL season as the Washington Commanders lost eight straight games to finish the year 4-13. On Monday, the Commanders officially moved on from Rivera, firing him after four seasons with the franchise.
Sources: The #Commanders are moving on from coach Ron Rivera after four seasons, as owner Josh Harris informed him of his fate just now. Washington heads in a new direction.
The expected move now official. pic.twitter.com/q7gIPHO3ZT
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 8, 2024
Rivera went just 26-40-1 across his four seasons in Washington D.C., leading the Commanders to a NFC East division title in his first season in 2020 despite just a 7-9 record. Although Rivera also led Washington to an 8-8-1 record in 2022, things never seemed to truly progress during his tenure.
A freefall in 2023 was the final nail in the coffin for Rivera, particularly as Washington finally turned the page on Daniel Snyder this past summer to begin a new era under an ownership group that includes managing partner and Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils owner Josh Harris, as well as a host of limited partners headlined by NBA great Magic Johnson.
Harris, Johnson and the rest of the group will lead the team’s head-coaching search with assistance from some other notable executives that Harris recently hired including former Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers and former Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman.
ESPN Reporting with @wojespner : In a sweeping overhaul, Commanders owner Josh Harris has hired two prominent executives – former Warriors GM Bob Myers and former Vikings GM Rick Spielman – to assist his group in searches for a new head of football operations and coach. pic.twitter.com/ZFiSRvBvm2
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 8, 2024
With a strong team in place, Washington is likely to cast a thorough search for its next head coach in what is a pivotal moment for the future of the franchise. Here are five candidates to become the Commanders’ next head coach.