When Ron Rivera agreed to become the head coach of Washington’s NFL team, he knew he would be in for a multi-year project to rebuild the team and its culture. In just a few months, the respected coach has already gone through far more than he ever imagined.
Ron Rivera has “no regrets” about taking Washington job
After signing a five-year contract, Rivera’s tenure started on a hilarious note by banning ping pong tables from the locker room. Since that time, the 58-year-old has experienced one of the wildest offseasons in recent memory.
While most new coaches have focused on installing their scheme during a virtual offseason, a difficult task, Rivera went far more. Despite all the scandals, drama and change, Rivera told The Charlotte Observer that he doesn’t regret taking the job whatsoever.
“No regrets,” Rivera texted, via The Charlotte Observer‘s Scott Fowler. “I look forward to the challenge of improving a 3-13 team. I want to build a sustainable winning culture, in every facet.”
A few weeks later, Rivera used his platform to express support for the Black Lives Matter movement. While the veteran coach has typically tried to avoid political matters, he made sure his players knew he supported them and peacefully protesting during the national anthem.
After years of many calling for owner Daniel Snyder to change the team’s name, with Snyder objecting, Rivera joined those in support of the motion. With a name change finally coming, Rivera is one of the leading voices in picking Washington’s next logo and name.
Washington brought Rivera in to change the culture of this team and it became clear how desperately this organization needed it following The Washington Post’s feature story detailing the toxic culture of sexual harassment under Snyder.
Once more, Rivera came forward and spoke out and didn’t hold back about his anger with what went on before his arrival and made it clear things will change.
It’s already been a wild few months for Rivera and training camp hasn’t even begun. Given he’ll now need to prepare his team for playing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, while also dealing with all of this added attention, he already deserves Coach of the Year consideration.