Rivera agrees to a 5 year deal, other details TBA
It is official. Ron Rivera will become the next Head Coach. NFL Network’s Mike Silver says that a contract has been agreed to and Ian Rapaport says the announcement will be made tomorrow. Rivera was fired earlier in 2019 from the Carolina Panthers after a 5-7 start and new ownership wanting to hire their own Head Coach.
Rivera brings a 76-63-1 record from over nine years as Head Coach of the Carolina Panthers including three division titles and four trips to the playoffs and one Super Bowl appearance. Rivera was also the Defensive Coordinator of the 2006 NFC Champion Chicago Bears and he was a part of the 1985 Monsters of the Midway and Chicago Bears Super Bowl winning team.
This will be owner Daniel Snyder’s 8th full time Head Coach since buying the Redskins in 1999. He has had a total of 10 Head Coaches including those with the interim tag.
Rivera is expected to bring Browns Defensive Coordinator Steve Wilks with him in the same capacity with anticipation of the base defense switching to a 4-3 from a 3-4 which fans have been wanting for a while. It is unclear how the rest of the staff will shake out and if Offensive Coordinator Kevin O’Connell will be retained. It is also uncertain the amount of power Rivera will have when it comes to player acquisitions.
Rivera does have ties to the Washington, D.C. area as his wife was a former assistant coach of the Washington Mystics. Ron will also be the first Hispanic Head Coach in Washington Redskins franchise history.
UPDATE 10:39 AM: Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, former Jaguars and Raiders HC Jack Del Rio is a leading Defensive Coordinator candidate for Rivera.
UPDATE 10:09 AM: ESPN’s John Keim, via Twitter, has confirmed that Steve Wilks is “not coming” to Washington to be the Defensive Coordinator.
UPDATE 9:57 AM: ESPN’s John Keim is now reporting, via Twitter, that Steve Wilks does not expect to join Rivera in Washington as his Defensive Coordinator.
UPDATE 9:21 AM: Kevin O’Connell is expected to be retained as Offensive Coordinator. Al Holcomb is expected to join the staff too. Holcomb was Rivera’s Linebacker Coach in Carolina before joining Wilks in Arizona and Cleveland.