The N.F.L. The coaching merry-go-round turned again when the Washington Redskins hired Ron Rivera, the team officially announced on Wednesday.
Rivera was released by the Carolina Panthers in early December after eight and a half seasons. During his tenure there, he took the Panthers to four playoff games and ended them as the franchise's most successful head coach with a 76-63-1 record. He came to town when quarterback Cam Newton was a novice, and their fortunes went up and down. Their high point was in the 2015 season when the Panthers played 15-1 and played their second Super Bowl game. In the last game by Peyton Manning they lost to the Denver Broncos 24: 10.
Rivera was named Trainer of the Year by The Associated Press in 2013 and 2015.
Despite these highs, the team has posted a record loss in three of the last four years. This season, Newton only played two games before leaving the lineup with a foot injury. There was hope that he would return, but he never did, a sensitive issue that went over the team.
The Panthers were four consecutive wins behind backup Kyle Allen. The magic didn't last. Rivera was released after losing to Washington with a 5: 7 record. They lost their last eight games and hobbled to a 5: 11 record to occupy last place in the NC. South.
Rivera, who is Hispanic, was one of four non-whites Head coach in the N.F.L. earlier this season.
"After several meetings with coach Rivera, it was clear that he was the right person to bring winning football back to Washington," said team owner Dan Snyder in a statement. "He is recognized throughout the league as a man of great integrity and has proven to be one of the best coaches in the country."
Rivera inherits a Redskins team that has dropped from a 500 to a 3:13 record this season after four years in the game. Coach Jay Gruden was fired after a 5-0 start, but interim coach Bill Callahan didn't do much better.
The team switched to rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins as a mid-season starter, but if anything, he did worse than his predecessor Case Keenum before hurting his ankle in week 16.
On Monday, the Redskins fired Bruce Allen, the team president for the past 10 years.
The end of the regular season is the most common time for teams to solve coaches. The Giants fired Pat Shurmur on Monday. The Cleveland Browns fired Freddie Kitchens on Sunday and fired the team's general manager, John Dorsey, on Tuesday. Doug Marrone of the Jaguars, another coach in the hot chair, will stay with the team, Owner Shad Khan announced on Tuesday. The jaguars were 6-10, two years after they acquired the A.F.C. Championship game. "The 2019 season was unacceptable and I made my dissatisfaction clear," Khan said in a statement.
In Dallas, where the cowboys missed the playoffs 8: 8, team owner Jerry Jones met with trainer Jason Garrett on Monday and Tuesday. Garrett's contract expires on January 14th.
Garrett has coached the team for nine full seasons, losing in only one of them (2015). But he only played the playoffs three times and never got past the division round.
Ken Belson contributed to the reporting.