Riverboat Ron Ready To Roll

Earlier today, the Washington Redskins signed Ron Rivera to a five-year deal to be their Head Coach. One of the worst owners in the league does an unusual smart thing and signs one of the most respected coaches on the market. The one and only, Riverboat Ron, who will lay the chips on the table at any moment and roll the dice.

Five years is an unheard of commitment to a coach in this league but it is the right move. The Redskins need stability, a coach who can handle criticism and has coached in big games. Rivera checks all those boxes. He coached the Panthers for nine seasons and won three division titles, made four playoff appearances and lost to Denver in Super Bowl 50. He had a career record of 76-63-1. Rivera has the task of trying to develop Dwayne Haskins who I believe has a lot of question marks, I don’t see him as the long term solution at QB in D.C. but that’s for a different blog.

Rivera all of a sudden heads to a division that hasn’t had a repeat winner in over a decade, the Giants and Cowboys are in complete upheaval and the Eagles although winning the division this year have question marks of their own. Is this a job where you come in and win right away, not at all, but I do think Rivera will make an immediate impact and the NFC East will only get tougher to win in the years to come. A division filled with young quarterbacks, young impact players and parody in every sense of the word.

The big question becomes who is going to be making the personnel decisions in Washington now that Snyder has demoted/fired Bruce Allen. If Snyder stays out of the way and lets actual football people make decisions then I believe they have the right head coach in place to make moves on the field that will take them from laughing stock to a competitor in a division that is up for grabs year after year.