NFL Black Monday firings have begun and, as expected, the Washington Commanders officially parted ways with Ron Rivera.
And so the NFC East will have at least one new head coach in 2024.
Rivera went 5-3 in eight games against the Eagles dating back to the 2020 season. One of those losses was when Philly essentially tanked their regular season finale in the final game of Doug Pederson’s Eagles head coaching career. Another came in 2022 to ruin the Eagles’ perfect record at the time.
Rivera came close to leading the Commanders to not one but two upset wins over the Eagles this season. Poor coaching decisions notably hampered his team, though, which was ultimately to Washington’s greater benefit. The Commanders’ ineptitude this season rewarded them with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. That selection could allow them to find a new franchise quarterback.
It’ll be interesting to see who new Commanders owner Josh Harris, who also owns the Sixers, decides to hire as Rivera’s replacement.
Elsewhere in the division, the New York Giants are sticking with Brian Daboll despite a step-back season. It also looks like they’ll be retaining their coordinators, including blitz-happy defensive coordinator Wink Martindale. The Eagles might want to actually figure out a blitz prior to next season.
And maybe they will with a new head coach? We’ll see what becomes of Nick Sirianni but his seat is certainly getting hotter while overseeing a historic collapse.
As for the Dallas Cowboys, one would think Mike McCarthy is safe after the team’s division win. But how many more playoff disappointments is Jerry Jones going to tolerate?