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Ron Rivera will enter his third season with the Washington Commanders as he hopes to replicate the success he had in his first season. “Riverboat Ron” led the Commanders to an NFC East title and pushed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the brink in their Wild Card game.

However, Rivera’s sophomore season saw Washington finish third in the NFC East, going 7-10 and missing the playoffs, so now with a new quarterback in Carson Wentz, the 60-year-old is hoping for better results in 2022 for commanders.

Here’s a full player profile on Washington’s head coach.

by Ron Rivera biological

  • Height: 6′ 3″
  • Weight: 235 pounds
  • Date of birth: January 7, 1962
  • College: California
  • NFL experience: 25 years as a coach

Ron Rivera’s NFL Coaching Stats

Rivera’s first head coaching job in the NFL came in 2011 with the Carolina Panthers, where he held the position for eight years. However, he wasn’t out of work for long, as in January 2020, Washington appointed Rivera as their head coach.

(as of March 22, 2022):

  • 14-19 record with Washington
  • Record of 90-82-1 as an NFL head coach


  • 0-1 record with Washington
  • 3-5 record as NFL head coach

Ron Rivera (LB) Career Stats

  • Games played: 137
  • Bags: 7.5
  • Interceptions: 9
  • Fumble recoveries: 6
  • Touchdowns: 1

by Ron Rivera contract details with Commanders

Rivera signed a five-year contract with the Commanders in 2020, taking over from former head coach Jay Gruden, who was fired in 2019. Bringing in someone who has been to a Super Bowl as a defensive coordinator and l head coach is going to be expensive because Rivera makes $7 million a year with Washington.

How Ron Rivera got the nickname “Riverboat Ron”

Rivera had a tough first two seasons in Carolina, and then the Commanders head coach decided to meet with the late John Madden in Calfornia to improve on what he did in his first two seasons.

Madden wanted Rivera to look back on the games he lost and wanted the Washington head coach to see what he could have done differently. Rivera said he follows the book, sending and sinking field goals when needed.

The former Oakland Raiders head coach told Rivera to follow his instincts for when to kick and punt his next season, which led him to take more risks. As a result, the nickname “Riverboat Ron” originated after a reporter described his decisions as those a Riverboat Gambler would make in this situation.

Where Else Did Ron Rivera Coach?

Rivera’s coaching career began in 1997 when he joined the Chicago Bears as a defensive quality control coach. Then in 1999, the Commanders coach joined Andy Reid’s coaching staff with the Philadelphia Eagles as a linebackers coach.

Then in 2004, Rivera returned to the Bears, becoming their new defensive coordinator for three years, which included a Super Bowl XLI appearance during that tenure there in charge of defense. Rivera then returned to his home state of California, joining the San Diego Chargers as inside linebackers coach in 2007, but would be promoted to defensive coordinator a year later.

Rivera would serve as defensive coordinator with the Chargers for three years. Then he would become the Panthers head coach in 2011, leading Carolina to a Super Bowl 50 appearance in 2016. The 60-year-old hopes to do the same with Washington, where he has been since 2020.

Did Ron Rivera catch the coronavirus?

Rivera was one of the few in Washington not to catch COVID-19; however, he provided information to encourage players to get vaccinated, given that Rivera is immunocompromised due to his battle with cancer.

Additionally, the Commanders head coach spoke about misinformation during an interview with MMQB’s Albert Breer; Rivera explained how social media allowed such poor information to spread.

“Generation Z relies on [their cell phones]”, Rivera said. “And you have some, quite frankly, f—— a——-, spreading a bunch of false information, leading to people dying. It’s frustrating for me, that these people are allowed to have a platform.

“And then, a specific news agency, whenever they have someone, I’m not a doctor, but vaccines don’t work. Or, I’m no epidemiologist, but vaccines will give you a third nipple and make you sterile. Go on. That to me? This should not be allowed.

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