The Herculean task of rebuilding the Washington Redskins falls on a tough guy. Good – they need one.
If Rivera’s smart, he’ll keep special teams coach Nate Kaczor, who did a terrific job. It’s the one unit that excelled.
Whether the Redskins need a tough guy after “Club Jay” Gruden is debatable. Schottenheimer was brutal in training camp with twice-daily full pads and the only Oklahoma Drill I’ve ever seen in the pros. Yet, they started 0-5 before finishing 8-8. Biggest mistake ever by Snyder was firing Schottenheimer. Conversely, Jim Zorn was the softest coach ever and started 6-2 before finishing 8-8.
Snyder has alternated the approach with every hire. After inheriting Turner (soft), he wanted to hire Jim Haslett (hard) before denied permission by Pittsburgh so Snyder took Schottenheimer (hard). Steve Spurrier (soft), Joe Gibbs (hard), Zorn (soft), Shanahan (hard) and Gruden (soft) followed. The other interesting trend is all of the hard-rated ones were former NFL head coaches, the soft ones weren’t.
Will a tough guy succeed in Washington. Well, Michael Corleone told his brash nephew Vincent in Godfather: Part III: “Tough guy? I don't need tough guys. I need more lawyers.”
But, Corleone soon relents and says, “Maybe you should come with me for a few weeks. See what happens. See if you learn. Then, we'll talk about your future.”
Sounds like it was written for Redskins Park.