The Washington Commanders have given Ron Rivera plenty of opportunities to get the job done and he hasn’t.
Once considered a defensive guru, the Commanders defense has been up and down since his arrival, and the offense hasn’t fared much better either.
Some people even speculated that they hired Eric Bieniemy as their offensive coordinator and assistant head coach so he could take the reins of the team in the case he was fired mid-season.
That hasn’t been the case thus far, but the rumblings continue to flood social media after every loss.
With that in mind, QB Sam Howell didn’t want to get into much detail, but he did admit that people get fired when the team doesn’t do its job (via Scott Abraham).
Commanders quarterback Sam Howell was asked about the scrutiny surrounding head coach Ron Rivera.
Howell was asked if it’s a hard thing to put aside?
Howell said, “”Everyone knows the business we’re in. If you’re not doing your job, things happen.” pic.twitter.com/whNuJPO8Tv
— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) November 21, 2023
The Commanders are going through the beginning of a new era, and that usually comes with plenty of changes.
The new ownership prioritized getting picks and financial flexibility to rebuild the roster in the offseason, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see them making some major personnel shifts as well.
Truth be told, it’s hard to make a case for Rivera keeping his job beyond this season.
While the Commanders aren’t as good as other teams in the NFC, he’s lost plenty of games he was supposed to win, and more importantly, the team has shown little-to-no signs of progress since he took over.
It’s been three years already, and it just doesn’t seem like he’s the right guy to lead this project any further.