Four hours after the Commanders organization defended the progress it had made over the past two years, coach Ron Rivera did the same.
Washington hired Rivera in 2020 to help clean up the mess.
The team has changed its name (twice) since Rivera became the head coach and voice of the franchise, but it hasn’t changed its owner, so the stain – and the stench – remains.
Rivera posted a lengthy message on social media, in which, like the team’s statement, he mentioned the changes the team had made over the past two years.
“With all due respect to the process, I want to clarify a few things,” Rivera wrote. “When Dan and Tanya Snyder were in the process of hiring me, they asked me to do two things – WIN! as well as help us change our culture. So, just to be clear, on January 2, 2020, the day I was hired, we started implementing real protocols in our efforts to fix any misplaced issues in the workplace and improve our work environment. The Snyders took great care in finding the best person to run the business, and I was consulted throughout the process. We agreed that Jason Wright was the best man, not because he was a minority, but because of his NFL experience, his education, and his experience as a partner at McKinsey & Co. Jason was just an exceptional person. in hiring a talented and diverse group of people to run the business. In the fall of 2020, the organization introduced many new standards and protocols to allow employees to voice and resolve any issues, and the winning NFC East division team was introduced. When the Wilkinson Report was completed in the spring of 2021 on behalf of the NFL, our organization had already implemented or was in the process of implementing the proposals mentioned in the report.
“These investigations into inappropriate workplace issues predated my employment. I can’t change the past, but I hope our fans, the NFL, and Congress will see that we’re doing everything in our power to never repeat these problems in the workplace. And know that our employees are respected, appreciated and can be heard.”
Rivera is the best thing to happen to the franchise in a long time, but as long as Dan Snyder remains the owner of Commanders, the past is unlikely to really be. in the past.