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Redskins to hire ex-Panthers coach Ron Rivera

The Washington Redskins did not wait long after the season’s end to find their new head coach. Ex-Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is expected to be announced as the Redskins’ new hire at the position.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter announced the eventual move on Monday morning.

The Redskins fired coach Jay Gruden five games into his fifth season with the team. Gruden was 0-5 in 2019 before being let go. He had only one playoff appearance (2015), losing that Wild Card game to the Green Bay Packers. He was replaced in the interim by offensive line coach Bill Callahan. Callahan led the team to a 3-8 record during his 11 game tenure as head coach.

During his time with the Panthers, Rivera led the team to 76-63 record in his nine seasons in Carolina. The Panthers made the playoffs in four seasons under him, winning three games and losing four. He led them to a Super Bowl 50 appearance during the 2015 season, eventually losing that game to the Denver Broncos.

The two-time coach of the year will likely have star defensive end Chase Young added to his team, after the Redskins locked up the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He will also have a new team president to contend with after Bruce Allen was fired earlier in the day.

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