After the Washington Commanders‘ loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Ron Rivera announced that things would now be done differently going forward, firing both Jack Del Rio and Brent Vieselmeyer.
Given how the previous two weeks had gone, it was inevitable that there would be some casualties following the Washington Commanders’ 45-10 Thanksgiving Day loss to the Dallas Cowboys. And that proved to be accurate when defensive backs coach Brent Vieselmeyer and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio were fired.
Ron Rivera speaks about how things will be done
After yet another disappointing season that left Washington with a 4-8 record, the two were the first dominos to fall. Ron Rivera, the head coach, will approach things differently.
“Well, without getting into the specifics as far as game planning and stuff like that, we’re going to do things differently though,”
“I will tell you that much.” “We’re going to be moving forward, going to do things a little differently,” “It was very tough, difficult decisions because those are two really good men, good football coaches, guys that have had a lot of success in this league. And just unfortunate the situation, circumstances, but did feel that change was something that we needed to do going forward. Really to see if we can shake some things up and get some things started.”
The Commanders’ defense, which allows 29.2 points per game, is the lowest in the NFL; in their previous three games, Del Rio’s defense has allowed totals of 29, 31, and 45 points.
It was necessary to make a change, and it was. In an attempt to try and salvage something for the remainder of the season, Rivera will now assume control of the defensive play-calling duties.