The NFL season is in full swing, and as is often the case, a coach’s job security can be rather precarious. Ron Rivera, the head coach of the Washington Commanders, might be feeling the heat sooner than he expected. Following a demoralizing 40-20 defeat at home to the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, the Commanders find themselves at the center of NFL ridicule, and the prospect of a coaching change looms large.
BetOnline, a prominent sportsbook, has placed -200 odds on Ron Rivera being the first head coach fired this season. Rivera is currently in his fourth season with Washington, but his tenure could be in jeopardy if the team’s fortunes don’t improve soon.
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The Commanders began the season with promise, boasting a solid 2-0 record, although there were some stumbling blocks along the way. However, these obstacles have morphed into substantial obstacles as Washington has now suffered three consecutive losses, each presenting its unique set of challenges.
First, the Commanders were soundly defeated by the Buffalo Bills in Week 3, then came a near-miraculous comeback attempt against the Philadelphia Eagles, which ended in an overtime loss. Thursday night’s loss, on the other hand, was simply characterized by poor football, although Washington did display some resilience in the second half.
In such situations, the head coach typically shoulders much of the blame for the team’s struggles. Ron Rivera has navigated through such challenges in the past, but the Commanders may opt for a more significant change if they decide to part ways with him.
Washington has Eric Bieniemy poised as a potential replacement head coach, and the new ownership may welcome a fresh face to lead the Commanders into a new era of football.
Additionally, it’s worth noting that Matt Eberflus and Josh McDaniels are also among the coaches who are anticipated to face potential coaching changes in the near future.