The news of this progress comes on the same day that the Redskins fired President of Football Operations Bruce Allen. That move is not as much of a surprise for a franchise that has not won a playoff game in 14 seasons, and finished this past season at 3-13 after a blowout loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
The 57-year-old Rivera will look to lead the rise of another young quarterback, the way he did Newton, as former Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins seems to be the future of that position for Washington as of now. The former Panthers head man led Newton and the team to a Super Bowl, where they fell to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. He was fired by Carolina on December 3rd, as his team was just 5-7 at that point in the season.
The Redskins wasted little time to fire Gruden after an 0-5 start to their season, as they went with Case Keenum as their starter to begin the year. That drew some criticism due to many wanting to see Haskins get a shot sooner. A new coach to go along with the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, which could very well be Chase Young out of OSU, could help spark a change in D.C. The last time Rivera took over a struggling team, he came in to a 2-14 Panthers team in 2010 and had them 12-4 just three seasons later, and then 15-1 and in the Super Bowl by 2015. I'm not sure that kind of change could come that quick for Washington, but it sure does give them hope with this hiring.