Ron Rivera Not A Fan Of Redskins Owner Dan Snyder
Ron Rivera is not a fan of Redskins owner Dan Snyder, if we are to take his recent comments at face value.
Rivera, 58, was named Washington’s new head coach in early January. He was widely expected to be a highly sought-after candidate for many of the teams that had coaching vacancies heading into the offseason, but for some reason he chose the Redskins before really exploring any of those other options.
One of the reasons why Rivera seemingly agreed to take this job was because he believed the long-term vision that the franchise had, even if had not successfully been able to execute it, well, ever.
“It’s funny because everyone kept asking, ‘Why did you take the job so quickly?’ It ain’t about the money,” Rivera said.
“I really thought about it. I could’ve waited on the Giants. I could’ve waited on Cleveland. I could’ve waited on Dallas.
“Those are the teams we kept hearing (had interest). This is about the fit, and the more I listened, the more I looked at it, the more I looked at the roster, that’s what impressed me the most, the more I knew.”
For Rivera, it was a matter of fit.
“This is about the fit, and the more I listened, the more I looked at it, the more I looked at the roster, that’s what impressed me the most, the more I knew,” Rivera said recently.
“I came in (to initial talks) with some trepidation, but as I’ve gotten to know Mr. Snyder, I understand really all he wants to do is figure out how to win, and that is pretty exciting.”
Snyder has owned the Redskins for two decades. The fact that Rivera only sees a desire in him to “figure out how to win” now, more than 20 years after acquiring the team, is telling.
All in all, there is a reason why Snyder has consistently been the butt of NFL jokes. He is widely recognized as one of the league’s more inept team owners, and his track record only reaffirms that notion.
In the 21 years that Snyder has served as owner of the Redskins, the team has had 22 starting quarterbacks. That is bad.
Last season, Washington went 3-13 and finished dead least in the NFC East.
Will Rivera be able to turn things around in 2020? Time will tell.