Changes coming to Redskins: Allen is out, Rivera is in

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By 106.7 The Fan

Change has arrived in Washington.

The news came hours after the Washington Redskins finished the 2019 season at 3-13: The Bruce Allen Era was over. 
Owner Daniel Snyder announced the firing of the Redskins' longtime executive with a statement that Allen was "no longer with the organization." 

"I am excited for the opportunities that lie ahead to renew our singular focus and purpose of bringing championship football back to Washington D.C.," Snyder said in the statement.

This leaves Redskins fans wondering: What other changes might be coming to the organization? Here is the latest talk from Redskins Park (This story will be updated throughout the week): 

Who will be the next head coach?
Ron Rivera was the hot name and arrived in Washington for an interview Monday. And on Tuesday, news of a deal was announced:

NEWS: Ron Rivera and #Redskins have agreed to a five-year deal, @RapSheet reports. https://t.co/RzenEzhqRC

— 106.7 The Fan (@1067theFan) December 31, 2019

Early reports indicated the interview was more of a coronation.

The #Redskins interview with coach Ron Rivera is more of a coronation. All signs point to Rivera becoming Washington’s new coach today, sources say. That is the expectation. Veteran agent Frank Bauer would not allow him on an interview like this unless significant work was done.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 30, 2019

Former Panthers’ HC Ron Rivera is expected to be hired as the next head coach of the Washington Redskins barring any unforeseen developments, per sources.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 30, 2019

Ron Rivera and his wife Stephanie are on a flight to Northern Virginia. He should be the next coach of the Redskins within the next 3 hours. @AroundTheNFL @nflnetwork

— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) December 30, 2019

Sources tell @JourdanRodrigue and I that Ron Rivera is Ashburn through the day, and “doesn’t expect to leave” the team facility until a contract with the team is complete. @TheAthleticNFL #HTTR

— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) December 30, 2019

What about the rest of the Redskins' coaching staff?

The assumption is most of the coaching staff will be let go. The defensive coordinator position is expected to be up for grabs with Greg Manusky departing the organization. After news of an agreement with Rivera to fill the vacancy left by Jay Gruden's firing was reached, the shift swung to Steve Wilks, who was seen as the most likely person to take the job under Rivera.

Rivera plans to bring Steve Wilks to Washington as his defensive coordinator, I'm told. (barring other opportunities for Wilks, of course.) The two worked together in Carolina.

— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) December 30, 2019

However, Wilks may not be headed to D.C. after all. 

I don’t even know that I should use a qualifier. Asked again. Told simply “he’s not coming”.

— John Keim (@john_keim) December 31, 2019

Instead, the top candidate for the gig is current ESPN analyst and former Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio, according to Adam Schefter.

Soon-to-be Redskins’ HC Ron Rivera is expected to target former Jaguars’ and Raiders’ HC Jack Del Rio as his new defensive coordinator in Washington, per sources. He is the leading candidate.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2019

But does that include offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell?

O’Connell and Rivera have no previous shared coaching experience or anything. They know of each other obviously and both are good dudes. They would get along well, but there are philosophical/schematic elements tbd as well as other factors.Giant “stay tuned” for now.

— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) December 30, 2019

Kevin O'Connell is under contract for one more year but he is very tight with McDaniels, one of his mentors. If McDaniels were to get a HC job, I'd expect him to call the #Redskins for permission to talk with O'Connell. https://t.co/GZhb65BFYa

— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) December 30, 2019

Linebackers coach Rob Ryan may also be headed out the door.

Redskins inside linebackers coach Rob Ryan had a suitcase at his car and appeared to be leaving the team facility at 9 this morning. The futures of several defensive coaches are uncertain.

— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) December 30, 2019

Unusual circumstances today, but Redskins Coaches have been told nothing about their jobs one way or the other. Some have already taken off, some still at building not knowing future. — Per multiple sources. #httr #redskins @NBCSWashington

— Julie Donaldson (@JDonaldsonNBCS) December 30, 2019

Who takes charge in the front office?

Early indications are the Redskins will look to promote from within with Eric Schaffer, the senior vice president of football operations, as the person most likely to be put in the top position. Kyle Smith, the director of college scouting, could also be a candidate to move up in the front office.

As just stated on @JunksRadio - if there’s more power coming for Eric Schaefer and others in the #Redskins front office they don’t know the details yet, per source. Bruce was fired and they’ll hire Rivera and fill in the details from there.

— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) December 30, 2019

The exact front office mix for the Redskins, with Bruce Allen out and Ron Rivera likely to come in as coach, remains to be seen. Eric Schaffer is to be part of that mix but there could be outside GM candidates as well, including Louis Riddick.

— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) December 30, 2019

Ron Rivera is expected to be given considerable say over the roster and draft if his deal to become coach of the Redskins is completed, as expected. So the exact composition of the Bruce Allen-less front office remains a work in progress. But Eric Schaffer is part of it.

— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) December 30, 2019

But that might not happen?

With Bruce Allen out, many expect the Redskins to promote within, possibly naming Eric Schaffer as GM. I am told that will not happen. #httr #Redskins @NBCSWashington

— Julie Donaldson (@JDonaldsonNBCS) December 30, 2019

This does not mean Eric Schaffer is out, but perhaps a title or role less than he was wanting of GM. Expected next HC Ron Rivera is aware of the good work Shaffer has done. Much depends how Schaffer accepts/deals with the news. #httr #redskins @NBCSWashington

— Julie Donaldson (@JDonaldsonNBCS) December 30, 2019

What about the medical staff?

The Washington training and medical staff have received much criticism from former players and changes could be coming on that side, as well. 

NBC Sports Washington's Redskins reporter and 106.7 The Fan contributor JP Finlay reports Larry Hess has been fired. 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen confirmed the report.

Redskins have fired head trainer Larry Hess, source tells me. He had been with the team 17 years.

— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) December 30, 2019

Can confirm that the #Redskins have fired head trainer Larry Hess, according to a source. He was entering his 18th year with the Redskins. (@JPFinlayNBCS first).

— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) December 30, 2019

Check that - sounds like Larry Hess could be under serious scrutiny too. Stay tuned.

— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) December 30, 2019

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