However you feel about Ron Rivera — whether you're enamored with his reported hiring, pleased with it or even skeptical of it — prepare for your excitement levels to spike.

On Monday, Gerald McCoy was asked what he would tell Redskins players about their new head coach. Despite only playing for Rivera in Carolina this past season, the defensive lineman gave a powerful answer.

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That quote from McCoy speaks to the reputation Rivera's earned throughout his time in the NFL. He may not be the winningest coach or the greatest tactician, but he's a guy who players respect and admire. Those are traits that'll play well in Washington.

Too often in recent years, the Redskins have become divided. QB drama has led to sides-picking, defensive struggles have caused that unit to split apart multiple times and rumors and leaks have plagued the organization constantly. Under Rivera, there's reason to believe a lot of that can stop, thanks to his leadership and the accountability he instills in a locker room.

Of course, this is an organization that's brought in plenty of coaches under Dan Snyder, so those who want to reserve their judgment are more than allowed to. But McCoy's words and the words of others hint at Rivera's ability to unite a roster, and that's a valuable skill — and one that can help change a culture.


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