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Peter King believes Ron Rivera is 'the right guy' to turn the Redskins around

Peter King believes Ron Rivera is 'the right guy' to turn the Redskins around

After a disastrous 2019 campaign where the Redskins finished with just three victories, owner Dan Snyder seemed insistent on turning the organization around.

Snyder fired longtime team president Bruce Allen the morning after the season finale. Larry Hess, who had been the team's head athletic trainer for 17 seasons, was also let go.

Ron Rivera was hired as the team's next head coach shortly after the new year, and during his introductory press conference, Snyder stated the Redskins were moving with a 'coach-centric' approach, hoping to remove any organizational and structural divide that had been there prior.

NBC Sports analyst Peter King was asked if Rivera was capable of turning around an organization that has struggled for nearly three decades, and he spoke glowingly about the 58-year-old head coach.

"They got the right guy to do it," King told the Redskins Talk podcast.

King was adamant that Rivera will not let the previous disfunction in Washington fly during his time at the helm.

"Ron Rivera, if he senses that's happening, he will not stand for it," King said. "He will not stand for a divided organization. That will not last."

The Redskins fired six-year head coach Jay Gruden following the team's Week 5 loss to New England, but the beginning of the end of Gruden's tenure can be traced back to the 2019 Draft. Washington selected Dwayne Haskins 15th overall, with many believing the decision to select the Ohio State passer came from the top.

Gruden's job was on the line in 2019; he needed to win. Selecting Haskins, a signal-caller that was very raw and had just 14 career collegiate starts, did not match up with the head coach's timeline.

King believes a situation like that will not happen with Rivera in charge.

"The outside world all thinks that [Dwayne Haskins] was a Daniel Snyder pick," King said. "I don't think there will be anymore Daniel Snyder picks if Ron Rivera is there. Rivera said 'if we're all not together, we can't take this guy.' No matter what the owner says."

The success of Rivera in D.C. will likely largely have to due with the development of Haskins. The signal-caller showed promise towards the end of his rookie season, but still has plenty of work to do. 

Rivera expressed excitement with Haskins during his introductory press conference, stating he believes Haskins has all the tools to become a franchise quarterback. But Rivera didn't promise the QB anything, and even mentioned the team would bring in veterans to compete. 

King believes that Rivera will bring the organization to a level of accountability and credibility that hasn't been seen in Ashburn before.

"Ron Rivera's history is building consensus in your organization," King said. "His players [in Carolina] really loved him. I'm really interested to see how that works out. But I'm telling you, at one point, Ron Rivera let it be known to the people that were interviewing him, including Daniel Snyder, that we are going to have a team in all aspects of this. We can't do it without that."

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Robert Griffin III and Redskins' Nick Sundberg debate opposing sides of proposed CBA

Robert Griffin III and Redskins' Nick Sundberg debate opposing sides of proposed CBA

Before we get into the lengthy debate between Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III and Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg regarding the newly proposed NFL CBA, let's get all the facts straight. 

First the what. The new CBA, expected to begin in 2021, calls for a 17-game regular season, a higher percentage of the league's revenue going to the players, a shortened preseason, upgraded pensions for retired players and more roster spots, among other amendments. 

The players' share of the revenue would increase to 48% and could grow to 48.5%, resulting in approximately $5 billion more money per year going to the players instead of the owners.

Some players want more, some aren't interested in continuing negotiations and risking a lockout. When the NFLPA voted to send the proposed CBA to the full player membership, it sparked plenty of debate online between players. Especially between two former teammates in Griffin and Sundberg. 

Griffin was on the side of holding out for more money coming to the players. That the players and owners split the revenue down the middle.

Sundberg, on the other hand, would rather get a small victory now than risk a catastrophic situation for the players. 

Griffin then went on to argue how players shouldn't negotiate with a mindset of fearing the worst. 

"You can’t negotiate a CBA from a position of fear," Griffin wrote. "That’s our union's job to ensure that we are properly [equipped] to endure a work stoppage. Your position is, 'Well it’s the best offer we got so we should accept it.' This is a time to flip the script and get more of what we work for."

"That’s a super easy thing to say. 'Just get more.' But at what cost?" Sundberg replied. "Two years of a strike? We’d lose over 13 billion in player money in that time. Say we get to 50/50 after that. It’ll take 20+ years to recoup those lost funds. And guys careers will end because of that action."

The new CBA is a complicated issue in the league. Players believe they deserve more money, but owners have a lot of power in negotiations. Sundberg and Griffin both have valid points, and they discussed the issue in far more tweets than what's shown here. 

Players will have to consider both sides and all the consequences that could come with holding out for what they deserve. There isn't a set date for the player membership vote, though the NFLPA passing the deal is a decent barometer for what conclusion the players will come to. 

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Ron Rivera identifies two lesser-known names that'll make a big difference for the Redskins

Ron Rivera identifies two lesser-known names that'll make a big difference for the Redskins

Are you a Redskins fan who's feeling totally refreshed now that the franchise is heading in a new direction?

If so, then you're absolutely aware of the names Ron Rivera, Kyle Smith, Jack Del Rio and Scott Turner. They are, respectively, Washington's new head coach, new leader of the front office, new defensive coordinator and new offensive coordinator.

There are others worth knowing, though, like Ryan Vermillion and Rob Rogers.

Those names may sound familiar — they're the team's new Head Athletic Trainer and Senior VP of Football Administration — or they may not. Regardless of whether you knew them already, you must know that Ron Rivera believes the two ex-Panthers employees will really contribute with the Redskins.

"You want to put people around you that are familiar with what you want and how you want it done, and these are guys that were with me from the beginning," Rivera told reporters at the Combine on Wednesday. "So they have an understanding of what we want. So we're going to go out and try and implement that."

Both Vermillion and Rogers were in Carolina for the entirety of Rivera's time there, and now, they'll start fresh with him as he tries to reorient the Burgundy and Gold. Some have been skeptical of Rivera bringing so many former members of the Panthers with him to his new job, but he's obviously viewing that as a pro, not a con.

"One of the things that I talked about was trying to develop a sustainable winning culture," Rivera said of his comments after taking over the Redskins. "We had a little bit of that going for a while in Carolina. We had a good five-year stretch. Unfortunately, through attrition, we weren't able to continue that. But that's the starting point."

For most NFL organizations, the changing of trainers would merely mean a new placard next to a door at the facility and not much else to those outside of the team. In Washington, however, it's crucial news.

Redskins supporters are basically scarred from the last few seasons of constant injury problems, and last season, they saw Trent Williams hold out largely because he didn't want to deal with those who botched a cancer diagnosis that put his life in jeopardy. Hopefully, those days are done.

"One of the things that we had to do, that we wanted to do, was redevelop the trust in the training room," Rivera said. "I couldn't think of a better person than Ryan Vermillion. I really, truly couldn't. I'm going into my 34th year in the league and I've been around a lot of good trainers. He really makes me believe that he is one of the best ones because of the way he works."

Redskins supporters were also very fond of Eric Schaffer, a longtime employee of Dan Snyder who was renowned for his contract negotiations and salary cap management. Therefore, when news broke that Schaffer wouldn't be a part of Rivera's plan going forward, there was angst.

Yet according to Rivera, there's nothing to stress about when it comes to those dealings.

"Rob Rogers is a guy that, after having hired him, it's been real interesting to hear some of the agents and some of the league personnel tell me, 'Boy, you've got a really good guy in Rob,'" he said. "He's a guy that I know of and know who he is, so I'm excited about having him as part of it as well."

Starting Week 1 of 2020, it'll be Redskins players who'll obviously be most responsible for whether this new era goes successfully or not.

That said, people like Vermillion and Rogers will matter leading up to and past that point, too. Their new ideas and voices won't show up in highlights on Sundays, but they'll absolutely make a difference in their own right.