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New GM will allow Rivera to focus more on coaching

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In the Washington Football Team's press release that announced the hiring of Martin Mayhew as general manager, Ron Rivera called Mayhew "proven" and explained that he'll "bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization."

Mayhew's been in an NFL front office since 2001, so he no doubt is worthy of Rivera's praise and well-qualified to be a key voice in a key offseason for the Burgundy and Gold. 

The next line of Rivera's remarks, though, spoke to another major perk that'll come from adding the executive to the franchise.

"He will be an integral part of running the daily football operations and will allow me the opportunity to focus more on coaching," Rivera said.

Make no mistake about it: Rivera is still going to be Washington's leader, even with Mayhew officially in the fold and Marty Hurney expected to join soon as well. Rivera took the job last year with the promise of it being a coach-centric model, and that'll be how this thing continues to operate.

However, now, he doesn't have to do it all himself.

In 2020, Washington's front office was smaller than a typical group in the NFL. There was no GM — Kyle Smith, the VP of Player Personnel, was the closest thing to one, but he's still young compared to most other execs — and a few other members were fired prior to the season for inappropriate behavior.

That left Rivera to pick up a lot of extra duties, something he reflected on in his press conference following the playoff loss to the Bucs.


"It’s a lot of responsibility, it is," he said. "The thing that I really ended up doing a lot more this year than I had ever in the past was really managing."

Well, thanks to Mayhew and Hurney, Rivera shouldn't have to worry about those areas as much moving forward. Those two can handle things like practice squad management, trade discussions, contract dealings and more, on top of collaborating with Rivera on crucial decisions.

In turn, Rivera can fully dedicate himself to his main goal: Getting the most out of Washington's offense, defense and special teams on the field.

Rivera is an ambitious person who clearly wants to do as much as possible for his team. Dan Snyder offering him the opportunity to possess so much power in the future of his club is what made coming to Washington so alluring.

Yet Rivera appears to have realized he doesn't want to have to do it all, which is understandable and probably best for him. Fortunately, he's formulated a structure that should put him in an optimal position to succeed.