COMMANDERS RIVERA TURNS 62 SUNDAY: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, YOU’RE FIRED!

By Lew Gould

Commanders coach Ron Rivera turns 62 on Sunday, when the Commanders close out the season against the Cowboys.

Maybe he gets a reprieve for his birthday, but his sendoff has seemed inevitable for some time.

While there has been no official word on Rivera’s status, he has been on borrowed time since at least the trade deadline, when the team seemingly acknowledged that competing this season wasn’t in the cards as it dealt away standout defensive ends Montez Sweat and Chase Young.

Dumping Jack Del Rio was the organization’s response to the Thanksgiving debacle against Dallas, but a defense still prone to giving up big plays has allowed up 35 points per game since Rivera took over play-calling duties.

Meanwhile, Sam Howell has devolved from a once-promising second-year passer to a struggling signal-caller who looks likely to be replaced as the team continues to rise in the draft order.

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