Redskins to name Rivera coach

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS TUESDAY -

The Redskins will name Ron Rivera their next head coach, ac­cord­ing to multiple reports Mon­day.

Rivera, 57, was fired by the Panthers on Dec. 3. He went 76-63-1 in al­most nine full sea­sons, earn­ing two coach of the year awards and mak­ing the play­offs four times and the Su­per Bowl once.

The Redskins fired Jay Gru­den mid­way through this sea­son after an 0-5 start. Bill Cal­la­han was the in­terim coach for the rest of the sea­son and the team went on to fin­ish 3-13. The Redskins last made the play­offs in 2015. They fired Bruce Allen as pres­i­dent of the team Mon­day. The team was 62-97-1 with only two play­off ap­pear­ances and zero play­off vic­to­ries dur­ing his ten­ure.

Gi­ants fire Shur­mur: The Gi­ants fired coach Pat Shur­mur on Mon­day and elected to keep GM Dave Get­tle­man after the two com­bined for nine wins over the last two sea­sons.

Co-owner John Mara said it was a gut in­stinct to fire Shur­mur after the Gi­ants (4-12) lost their reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale to the Ea­gles on Sun­day.

Mara added the de­ci­sion to keep the 68-yearold Get­tle­man was based on giv­ing him the chance to fin­ish a ma­jor over­all of the ros­ter and the scout­ing sys­tem and to in­crease use of an­a­lyt­ics while spend­ing his first year on the job fight­ing cancer.

Mara added there’s no deny­ing the team made the wrong choices in hir­ing Ben McA­doo in 2016 as coach and Shur­mur in 2018.

Man­ning may re­tire: Two-time Su­per Bowl MVP quar­ter­back and four-time Pro Bowler Eli Man­ning wouldn’t re­veal de­tails re­gard­ing any de­ci­sion he will make on his foot­ball fu­ture when he met with the me­dia Mon­day in likely his last of­fi­cial duty with the Gi­ants.

“Ev­ery­thing’s an op­tion,” Man­ning said. He clar­i­fied that by ex­press­ing that re­turn­ing to the Gi­ants for a 17th sea­son as a backup to Daniel Jones wasn’t an op­tion, say­ing “back­ing up isn’t fun.”

It’s un­likely that Man­ning, who turns 39 on Fri­day, would have many op­tions to start some­where if he de­cides to con­tinue play­ing. He plans on hav­ing heart-to­heart con­ver­sa­tions with his wife Abby, his par­ents and likely even get­ting feed­back from his broth­ers, Pey­ton and Cooper.

Sea­hawks lose LB: Sea­hawks line­backer My­chal Ken­dricks suf­fered a torn ACL dur­ing the team’s loss to the 49ers on Sun­day night and will miss the rest play­offs. Rookie thir­dround pick Cody Bar­ton is ex­pected to take his play at the strong-side line­backer po­si­tion. Wide re­ceiver Jaron Brown will be out two weeks with a knee sprain.

Ex­tra points: Broncos GM John El­way said rookie Drew Lock showed enough in his five-week au­di­tion to earn the nod as the Broncos start­ing QB next sea­son. Lock, a sec­on­dround pick out of Missouri, went 4-1 as a starter and com­pleted 64.1% of his passes with seven TDs and three INTs . ... The Raiders signed four­time Pro Bowl G Richie Incog­nito, 36, to a twoyear, $14 mil­lion con­tract ex­ten­sion that in­cludes $6.35 mil­lion guar­an­teed.

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