Statement from ownership:
Official announcement from Ron Rivera:
The Washington Commanders are 4-8 and were blown out on a nationally-televised Thanksgiving game by the Dallas Cowboys 45-10. Changes have been needed in Washington for a while, but new owner Josh Harris has been evaluating the entire organization since taking over in late July. Rivera is almost certainly gone after the season, but Del Rio gets the axe today after yesterday’s performance, and a loss to the Tommy DeVito-led Giants 5 days ago.
With Ron Rivera taking on a bigger role in defensive play-calling, he goes back to his roots. And the team should benefit. https://t.co/4FWF04jkQK— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 24, 2023
The Commanders have also fired DBs coach Brent Vieselmeyer who was brought in by Del Rio when he was hired in 2020. Vieselmeyer took over for Chris Harris, who was being considered for DC jobs elsewhere. Ron Rivera will be taking over playcalling duties on the defense. This gives Rivera five more games to finish out his time in Washington, and set up the next regime for the future with higher draft picks next year.
The Commanders also fire DBs coach Brent Vieselmeyer, per sources.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) November 24, 2023
Ron Rivera will called defensive plays.