Ron Rivera, Former Washington Head Coach
Right now, Ron Rivera doesn’t have the hottest name but that doesn’t mean he’s not a great defensive mind. A two-time head coach, Rivera took the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl in 2015 but never had back-to-back winning campaigns.
He was let go during the 2019 season and finished with a record of 76-63-1 in nine seasons. He was quickly hired by the Washington Football Team — later named the Commanders. In four years, he never led them to a winning record although they did make one brief playoff appearance when they won the NFC East at 7-9.
He was let go after this season, with a record of 4-13. That’s soured his name but Rivera was one of the best defensive coordinators in the league when he held that title. Philadelphia knows this which is why they’re already going to interview him for the vacant position.
Considering the issues the Eagles had this past season with an inexperienced defensive coordinator, it makes sense to kick the tires on Rivera. He’s a calm leader players respond well to. His personality would also be welcome compared to the polarizing Nick Sirianni. Rivera might not get another chance as a head coach but could find success by returning to his roots as a defensive coach.