Before he got hired, the team finished a 3-13 season under Jay Gruden and Bill Callahan.
The team was also on a four-year playoff drought before he came.
But in his first year on the job, he led the squad to a postseason appearance despite a losing record.
Last season, the Commanders finished 7-10 and it could have been worse without Rivera.
However, he is being wrongfully implicated regarding the alleged unsafe working environment that the organization cultivated.
Therefore, he had to clear his name by posting his statement.
— Ron Rivera (@RiverboatRonHC) June 23, 2022
He said that Dan and Tanya Snyder hired him to help the team win and change the culture.
Rivera continued that by the time he was hired, the franchise has established protocols to counter unsafe workplace issues.
He then closed his statement by saying that the issues hounding the franchise happened before he was employed.
The former NFL linebacker also stated, “I cannot change the past, but I would hope that our fans, the NFL and Congress can see that we are doing everything in our power to never repeat those workplace issues.
Rivera’s Statement Is A Double-Edged Sword
He does have a point by reiterating that the issues happened before he joined the organization.
But in some ways, he is framing himself as a catalyst for change.
Rivera does have an influence on how the franchise goes, but everyone in the franchise should make a conscious effort to correct their past mistakes.
Likewise, will he really say something against his employer?
As the old saying goes, never bite the hand that feeds you.
Do we expect anything beyond his claim that the Commanders are cleaning up their act?
While his side of the story does have weight, it’s just one side of the image.