ICE BENEATH COMMANDERS RON RIVERA GETS THINNER AND THINNER

By Max Harper

New Commanders owner Josh Harris hasn’t commented publicly since Nov. 24, when he issued a statement following the firing of defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio saying he feels “exactly how our fans feel today: disappointed and frustrated.”

The Commanders are 0-3 since and this week benched quarterback Sam Howell.

So, while no decisions have been finalized, the situation appears to be trending towards major changes, including moving on from coach Ron Rivera.

If and when that happens, expect Harris to lead the search for his replacement. He’s shown a penchant for attracting and hiring key personnel, including bringing in Nick Nurse and Daryl Morey to the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and Lindy Ruf and Tom Fitzgerald to the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. The Commanders job is more attractive than it’s been in decades, thanks to competent ownership, some building blocks on the roster, a potential top-three draft pick and extra draft capital to potentially package and target a new franchise QB.

The status of general manager Martin Mayhew is also up in the air. Expect the Commanders to at least explore a modified front office structure that more closely resembles other sports, with a president of football operations-type overseeing the head coach and GM. Eugene Shen, who was hired in October as senior vice president of football strategy, oversees analytics and software for the football department and will remain part of the leadership team moving forward.

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