By Peter Brennan
The Redskins Ron Rivera is the defensive-minded thinker in the bunch of new NFC East coaches.
The former NFL linebacker joined the Redskins after a nine-year run in Carolina, highlighted by an appearance in Super Bowl 50, that ended in December.
That’s when the Panthers fired Rivera with the team headed for its third playoff-less campaign in four years.
In Washington, coming off a 3-win season and with rising second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins, it’s Rivera running the show.
Owner Daniel Snyder sold the two-time NFL coach of the year winner on a “coach-centered” approach. That term is more advertising spin than revolutionary thinking for Snyder, who previously handed the reigns to Marty Schottenheimer and Mike Shanahan before disaster struck. More change comes later once a front office plan becomes clear.