The Washington Redskins have their new head coach, former Panthers coach Ron Rivera. Along with this, the team is moving on from team president Bruce Allen.
Rivera was fired by the Panthers earlier this season, his ninth as the head coach of the Panthers. During that time Rivera went 76-63-1, and won one NFC title and won the NFC South three times.
Ron Rivera Hired By the Redskins
This actually feels like a good move by Washington. That feels weird to say because this is a franchise that has been such a mess.
Also, the team deciding to move on from Bruce Allen is almost as big as finding a coach that’s shown he can be a good head coach. Bruce Allen has been a large part of the systematic issues that Washington has had for years now.
However, Dan Snyder is still the owner, so we will have to wait and see how this progresses. A lot will come down to who Snyder hires to run the football operations department in the front office.
Back to Rivera though. He is someone who should give a team that’s normally not had a direction, some real direction, and guidance.
Another huge aspect will be who Rivera fills out his staff with. Norv Turner was his offensive coordinator in Carolina the last couple of seasons and if he brings turner in to run the offense it could really benefit Dwayne Haskins, who put up very mediocre stats in his seven starts this season.
And even if the team decides to bring in another quarterback, having Turner as an offensive coordinator will be beneficial.
What Should the Timetable Be?
This is not going to be a rebuild that happens overnight. In his first two seasons in Carolina, the Panthers went 6-10 and 7-9 respectively. This could be a similar situation, but he’s not going in with someone as well thought of as Cam Newton was.
There are some good pieces on this roster, however. This defense has some good pieces on defense, especially in the pass rush with Matthew Ioannidis, Montez Sweat, and Jonathan Allen all being 25-years old or younger. They also have Landon Collins on the back end at safety.
Offensively they have a talented young running back in Derrius Guice. Guice showed talent this season, but he has been unable to stay healthy early in his career. If he can get that figured out he should be good. Terry McLaurin also came in this season and was the best rookie wide receiver.
So this roster has pieces, but there are still some pieces to figure out before the expectations can be raised, but getting Ron Rivera is a great first step to rebuilding what has been a mess.
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