Ron Rivera said he’s “not worried” about his job security following the Washington Commanders’ Thanksgiving loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. Here’s what you need to know:
- The Commanders coach responded to a reporter’s question on the topic after the 45-10 drubbing, saying, “I’ve told you before, I’m not worried about it. I’m gonna just do my job and see how things go. That’s the only thing I can do.”
- Washington defensive tackle Jonathan Allen said the team isn’t “getting the job done,” while wide receiver Terry McLaurin called the losses “frustrating.”
- The Commanders are 4-8, losing three straight games and five of their last six matchups.
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— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) November 24, 2023
What to make of Rivera’s comments
Discussion over potential staff changes with the Commanders has reached the “when not if” stage.
Managing partner Josh Harris stated early on that the plan was to evaluate Rivera, his assistants and the front office the head coach oversees over the course of the season. That remained the expectation before Sunday’s brutal home loss to the short-handed New York Giants and Thursday’s smackdown in Texas. It’s understandable if those outside the organization don’t see the point in waiting.
Truthfully, that dark cloud hung over this season from the start. There’s a new ownership group and new ownership groups tend to want their hires. Besides, Rivera had yet to lead Washington to a winning record in his first three seasons. The Commanders would need to win its remaining five games to end the dubious streak for a coach whose teams have finished under .500 in nine of 12 seasons entering 2023.
It’s been evident that changes are coming. Harris and his group began considering options weeks ago. They’ll have the data to make the call when the time comes. I’m not sure the point of that time being five regular-season games remaining, but 35-point losses can escalate such situations. — Ben Standig, Commanders beat writer
What else players said
Allen, asked about possible coaching changes, said, “At the end of the day, in the NFL, you have to do your job.”
“And as players, we’re not getting the job done,” he continued. “As coaches, we’re not getting the job done. So I don’t think any of us are getting the job done. So for me, I’m looking at myself. What can I do to be better? What can I do to help these guys win? And everyone has to do that for themselves.”
McLaurin said the string of losses isn’t a good feeling, adding “I don’t know” when asked about possible staff moves.
“I think (Josh) Harris and the ownership group will handle that if that needs to be handled,” McLaurin said. “But as far as I’m concerned, I’m just gonna try and take these few days to get my mind and my body right, and come back ready to practice hard on Tuesday and get ready for another tough opponent in Miami.”
Commanders running back Brian Robinson said: “(Talk of) the coaching changes, that’s probably one of the biggest distractions that we don’t need at all with (what we are) already going through.”
“We need to focus on what’s going to make us a better team and just keep working at that,” he added.
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