3. Ron Rivera – Washington Commanders
There’s something very likable about Ron Rivera. He’s the type of leader teams want at the head of their franchise. Since joining the Washington Commanders the former Panthers coach has a record. In his three seasons as their head coach, he’s made one playoff appearance. Part of the reason is that he hasn’t found a quarterback, Alex Smith was the best he’s had, and he was coming back from a catastrophic knee injury. Ryan Fitzpatrick never caught any magic. And Nick Foles, well he folded under pressure. The end result has Ron Rivera with a 22-27-1 record and winless in the playoffs.
Eric Bieniemy came over from the Kansas City Chiefs in the hopes to take a talented roster to the next level. Sam Howell has a ton of pressure to be the next Patrick Mahomes, kidding. The second-year quarterback is looking to shut down all the haters (me included) that said the Commanders should draft a quarterback.
For Rivera, well, given his health issues and the lack of success, he has one foot out the door. Any time a new ownership group comes in, there’s likely going to be a change. Rivera doesn’t seem like a guy who’d overstay his welcome. And if his team doesn’t find success. He could be a coach that gets fired mid-season. The new ownership may want to see Eric Bieniemy’s ability to save a sinking ship.