Redskins to name Rivera coach
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.