The Washington Commanders fired head coach Ron Rivera following a 4–13 season that ended with eight straight losses, and marked the franchise’s eighth consecutive losing season.
I want to thank Ron and his wife Stephanie for all they did for the Commanders and DMV community, especially during the ownership transition, Commanders Managing Partner Josh Harris said in a statement. Ron helped navigate this organization through some challenging times. He is a good man and thoughtful leader who has positively contributed to this organization and the NFL. I wish the Rivera family nothing but the best moving forward.
Rivera joined the franchise after the 2019 season, and ended with a 26–40–1 record. Despite being diagnosed with cancer, he led the team to their first NFC East title since 2015 in his first season. In 2020, while undergoing cancer treatment, the team had a four-game winning streak that took them into playoff contention.
After the 2020 season, Rivera was named the NFC Coach of the Year by NFL 101 Awards.
The Commanders only reached the postseason once during Rivera’s tenure, though they pulled out some impressive wins, according to a statement from the team. In 2020 they beat the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers, and the next year they defeated Tom Brady with the 2020 Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, launching a four-game winning streak.
In 2022, the Commanders upset the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles on their home turf at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles went on to appear in the Super Bowl.
The Commanders have nine draft picks, including the No. 2 overall, to help reshape their roster. The hunt for a new head coach, as well as a head of football operations, will be assisted by an advisory committee that includes Mitch Rales, Earvin Magic Johnson, and David Blitzer, along with Bob Myers and Rick Spielman.
This is a crucial offseason for the Commanders, and we continue to be motivated and inspired by the way the fans have responded since we took ownership last summer, Harris said. Stewarding this franchise is a responsibility we don’t take lightly, and we’re eager to lay the foundation for the next chapter of Commanders football.
TMX contributed to this article.