Rivera Era begins with big changes to Redskins front office

By 106.7 The Fan

Consider the scale of the changes that have come to Redskins Park for one second. 

The Washington Redskins entered the 2019 NFL season with Jay Gruden entering his fifth season as the head coach, VP of football operations Eric Schaffer was entering his 17th season with the franchise, Doug Williams was starting his third season as VP of player personnel, Bruce Allen (somehow) was starting another season as team president, and, atop the pyramid, Daniel Snyder was still the owner, hoping he finally found the quarterback of the future in Dwayne Haskins.
Well, in the second week of 2020, the Ron Rivera Era has begun with a massive change in Ashburn: Gruden and interim HC Bill Callahan are out, two of the top football executives are gone, and the third has been reassigned. (Williams has been named VP of player development and will report to the head coach.)

Overall, Rivera has consolidated power. At his introductory press conference, he said Snyder was looking for a "coach-centered approach."

"For weeks, he's explored the reasons why some teams win and some teams don't," Rivera said. "(Snyder) told me the common factor in that transitional success of teams like the Patriots, the Seahawks and the Chiefs... was the decision to take it and make a coach-centered approach. Not an owner-centered approach, or a team president or a GM, but a coach-centered approach. I told Mr. Snyder that I appreciate the fact that he believes the head coach matters. But I told him I would be honored, but under one condition: it had to be a player-centered culture."

And in this system, Williams and Rob Rogers, who the Redskins announced the hiring of Thursday to be the senior VP of football administration, will report to the head coach. Snyder said Rogers is "a skilled NFL executive who brings many years of valuable experience in contract negotiation and salary cap management to our front office."

With new voices, new ideas, and a new regime, what does that mean for the players from the old regime? 

The No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft is a valuable asset, could the Redskins deal it? Take Chase Young, the player many experts believe to be the second-best player in the draft? Or could the Redskins select a quarterback, perhaps Tua Tagovailoa? Haskins won't be "anointed" the starter, Rivera said.
"I'm not sitting there and anointing anybody. This is a competition," Rivera told 106.7 The Fan's Chad Dukes. "We're going to play the best football players to help us win."

Change, which once seemed impossible in these parts, has become a constant in the Rivera Era. Could further bombshells be forthcoming? It isn't out of the realm of possibility.

And, of course, time will tell how long the new era will last.

Listen to The Sports Junkies full conversation on the Redskins' front office moves here, beginning at the 23-minute mark:
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