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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Riverboat Ron is a Redskin

Ex-Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was hired by the Washington Redskins. Rivera has already shown that he can transform himself, but can he transform the culture of losing imposed by Dan Snyder? It's an intriguing post-season development.

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Blogger SemiSpook37 December 31, 2019 3:07 PM  

The fact that they tossed Bruce Allen out of the door BEFORE Rivera stepped in was evidence enough to me that Snyder's taking this decision seriously. Now, I will become a believer if Snyder can get out of his own way and actually let Rivera and company run the team competently, but I don't have that much faith.

Stranger things have happened, though. Time will tell.

Blogger James Dixon December 31, 2019 3:17 PM  

> Rivera has already shown that he can transform himself, but can he transform the culture of losing imposed by Dan Snyder?

He can: If Snyder will let him and he can get the talent he needs for his system. Neither is certain. Remember that his success was built on Cam Newton when he was at his best. There aren't that many Cam Newton's out there, and their best doesn't tend to hold up very well.

Blogger Balkan Yankee December 31, 2019 3:28 PM  

No.

Blogger Damelon Brinn December 31, 2019 3:59 PM  

Snyder has hired people who tried to fix the culture before, and then cut them loose because he didn't like their methods or he wasn't having fun. If he stays out of the way and lets them do their job, it'll be the first time.

He also overruled his draft board to take another diva-ish black QB who looks like he could be RG3 v2.0, but this time with a big arm instead of big legs. Presumably Rivera had to express belief in Haskins to get the job, but it'll be interesting to see what happens if he tells Snyder at some point next year that Haskins doesn't have it.

And Alex Smith is still determined to get his job back.

Blogger Skyler the Weird December 31, 2019 4:02 PM  

As a Carolina fan I'm shocked they kept Riverboat Ron this long. I don't believe he ever had two winning seasons in a row. He must have had the goods on Jerry Richardson and his metoo bs.

Blogger James Lovebirch December 31, 2019 4:04 PM  

History most definitely says no. I'm sure Rivera wanted solid promises about how this was gonna work, but I'm doubtful Snyder has it in him to keep them.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( according to the 13th Amendment, Slavery is neither Cruel nor Unusual: MSAGA ) December 31, 2019 4:07 PM  

about the only good thing you could ever say about Snyder is that the Redskins are never going to be failures because the owner was a skinflint who wouldn't pay his players.

the flip side of that loose pocketbook is that Snyder has only ever used it to demonstrate that:
1 - he has no confidence in the ability of his scouts to spot talent
2 - he has no confidence in the ability of his coaches to develop talent

which is why he's always busting the bank over paying for pro bowlers on the down slope of their careers.

you can kind of understand his lack of confidence in coaching after he kept Norv around so long. but that was still Snyder's failure.

he'd be better off hiring Belichick and letting him make personal decisions.

Blogger Right Republican December 31, 2019 4:44 PM  

Rivera--overrated. Newton--way overrated. RG3--doomed from the start. Hastings--bound to be a washout. Redskins need a fresh start.

Blogger Nate December 31, 2019 5:33 PM  

dumb hire

Blogger AT December 31, 2019 5:44 PM  

According to footballoutsiders.com stats, Haskins had one of the 3 worst passing seasons of any ranked QB (min 200 passes) over the past 5 years. Good luck making that work.

Blogger Clint December 31, 2019 7:50 PM  

Dan Snyder...making Jerry Jones look good for two decades.

Blogger thalios December 31, 2019 8:20 PM  

I'm just glad he's no longer available for the Cowboys. That's of course assuming they're actually going to replace Garrett (I'm just not too sure anymore).

Blogger Hammerli 280 December 31, 2019 11:06 PM  

The problem of the DC Perpetual Losers (they don't merit the honorable title of "Redskins") is the owner. Snyder wants to be his own general manager, and lacks the football knowledge to do it. It doesn't help that he likes to fraternize with the players (damn it, you're the BOSS...you do NOT pal around with people you might fire next week). And has a fetish for second-tier Black quarterbacks.

Changing coaches or GMs won't help.

You'll know they are serious if they go for a top-flight QB with that #2 draft pick. And trade the unimpressive Haskins off for a good offensive lineman.

Blogger tublecane January 01, 2020 2:49 AM  

It's fun when everyone hates the same person, as in the case of Dan Snyder. Unfortunately, half of the haters are rubes caught up in the pseudo-issue of the team name.

Is that still in the news, by the way? Or will they wait a few years to drag Noble Protesters in front of the cameras?

Blogger Fred January 01, 2020 9:09 AM  

The Skins will find this is a repeat of the Norv Turner years. Losers gonna lose.

Blogger Damelon Brinn January 01, 2020 12:39 PM  

Is [the team name] still in the news, by the way?

Bubbling under the surface for now. The SJWs commissioned a couple polls of American Indians that backfired on them. One found that 90% didn't care or liked the name, and the other found that the word most associated with the name was "proud." So they stopped pushing that angle. The league and the TV networks take little passive-aggressive shots at it, like leaving the name off of merchandise and marketing materials once in a while.

But the team needs a new stadium, and so far they've had no luck getting permission to build on a piece of land in any of the three local jurisdiction. I expect the SJWs will stall that process behind the scenes until time is running out, and then tell Snyder they can expedite the process if he would just cooperate on this one little thing. For all his faults, he's the one reason they haven't already been turned into the Washington Flame or some crap like that.

Blogger JohnofAustria January 01, 2020 12:49 PM  

Yeah, it's a good indicator, but 20 years of meddling is a hard habit to break.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia January 01, 2020 7:59 PM  

The knock on Rivera is that he is "old school" and never took analytics seriously. In today's NFL, that's a recipe for failure.

Analytics is the reason Doug Pedersen is in the playoffs with effectively a practice squad team.

Blogger James Dixon January 01, 2020 9:15 PM  

> The knock on Rivera is that he is "old school" and never took analytics seriously. In today's NFL, that's a recipe for failure.

Oh, Rivera is hardly a top tier coach. But he's good enough to win and get them in the playoffs. If Snyder will let him.

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