By Alex Ward
Ron Rivera, who was fired in early December by the Carolina Panthers and told reporters before he left “I will coach again,” landed his next head coaching job about as soon as possible, become the latest in charge of the Washington Redskins. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Michael Silver reported Rivera’s deal is for five years.
Rivera’s eight and a half-season tenure with the Carolina Panthers came to an end at the start of 2019’s final month. The decision was a result of an underperforming Panthers team that appeared rudderless without the services of Cam Newton, who was sidelined for the season due to injury, leaving Carolina to put its hopes and dreams on the arm of Kyle Allen. The Panthers saw positive results initially, but as the season took a turn for the worst, a coaching change under fairly new owner David Tepper became inevitable.
The #Redskins are making Ron Rivera their new coach and giving him a 5-year deal, sources say. A big commitment.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 31, 2019