Washington Commanders owner Josh Harris wasted no time initiating a major overhaul by firing head coach Ron Rivera after the team finished the 2023 season with a disappointing 4-13 record.
Harris, who recently purchased the team for $6.05 billion, has enlisted former Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers and former Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman to lead the search for a new head of football operations and head coach. The abrupt decision marks the end of Rivera's four-year tenure, during which the team faced numerous challenges, including name changes, investigations into workplace issues, and a sale of the franchise. Harris expressed optimism about quickly turning the team's fortunes around, with a thorough yet rapid search for new leadership underway.
As part of the restructuring, Harris plans to separate the roles of head coach and head of football operations, emphasizing the importance of finding the right leadership to shape the team's future. The search team, led by Myers and Spielman, has already submitted requests to interview several executive and coaching candidates from various NFL teams.
Despite the challenges faced by Washington in recent years, Harris believes the team is well-positioned for success, boasting significant salary cap space in 2024, five early-round draft picks, and an ownership group committed to investing in top talent for the franchise's revival.