By Lewis Gould
The chances of Bill Callahan becoming the permanent head coach of the Redskins took a big hit yesterday.
While he has picked up three wins, things still aren’t going all that great for the 3-9 Redskins. Due to that, it’s safe to assume that Washington will be searching for a new head coach this offseason.
Someone they need to seriously consider is also the person who was most recently made available. That is, of course, Ron Rivera. He was just fired from his head coaching position with the Carolina Panthers, a job he had since 2011.
In that time, Rivera went 76-63-1 (.546 winning percentage). The Panthers made the playoffs four times and the Super Bowl once. In that same stretch, the Redskins are 53-86-1 (.378 winning percentage). That’s a pretty major difference between the two.
It’s not only a winning percentage that you can point to though. Rivera has led a team with a young quarterback before (Cam Newton). He helped mold Newton into an MVP caliber player.
Washington currently has a young quarterback of their own in Dwayne Haskins. Now, Haskins is a different style than Newton. He’s much more of a pocket passer. Still, though, the Redskins need someone who can work with a young QB and Rivera has done that in the past.
Rivera is also a defensive guru. The Redskins have a lot of talent on defense, and they need someone that can put it all together for them. Rivera could help Cole Holcomb continue his rise into a great linebacker in the NFL.
He could also do wonders for Montez Sweat and that ridiculously talented defensive line. The secondary has a number of intriguing young pieces as well.