The start of NFL training camps is right around the corner. NFL head coaches might be getting ready for the dog days of camp, but coaching in the league is a 365-day job. Every minute of the offseason is spent pondering how to improve the team. For the NFC East head coaches, it is no different.
After the NFC East division was labeled for many years as one of the weakest in the league, this past season saw three teams represented in the playoffs. The Eagles, Cowboys and Giants all made the playoffs together, putting three NFC East teams in the tournament for the first time since 2006. The division coaching landscape has changed drastically over the past few seasons.
Since the dawn of the new decade, all four teams have changed head coaches. All four have taken significant steps forward with their teams since 2020. The NFC East arguably has a group of some of the best head coaches in the NFL. Three out of the four have each guided a franchise to a Super Bowl. The question is: how do they rank heading into 2023? Let's dive in.
4. Ron Rivera
The Ron Rivera era did not start hot in the nation's capital. Rivera inherited more than just a lack of talent. He dealt with controversy constantly surrounding the organization and now former owner Daniel Snyder, a team name change, building a new culture and worst of all being diagnosed with cancer during the season.
Despite the COVID-19 season, Rivera rallied his team thanks to a fierce defense led by Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young. Washington went 7-9, but was good enough to win the NFC East for the first time since 2015. Despite finishing with a losing record, expectations grew heading into 2021.
The past two seasons have been subpar to say the least. The Commanders finished 7-10 in 2021 and 8-8-1 last season. Both seasons saw the team finish in the bottom two spots of the division. While Rivera comes from a defensive background, going back all the way to his days with the Chicago Bears, his team as whole has not come together.
Young, Daron Payne and Montez Sweat highlight one of the best defenses in the league, but the offense has failed to catch up the last two seasons. Rivera's biggest issue heading into 2023 is his quarterback. Sam Howell is expected to take the reins, but will he be able to keep his head coach employed the whole season?
Rivera has to finish better than third or fourth in the division to keep his job. With how good the competition is that may be a tough order. Rivera's success in Carolina in 2015 was enough to keep management there interested, but with an ownership change, he might be facing a make-or-break year. Therefore it was hard for him to avoid slipping to the bottom in this ranking.