The Washington Commanders have a new regime ruling over the team after Josh Harris and his group purchased the team from ex-owner Dan Snyder for a mind-blowing $6 billion in July. It was a record-breaking purchase that sent shockwaves throughout the football world, and obviously, it has had major repercussions throughout the organization.
Ron Rivera Makes Major Changes to Washington Commanders Coaching Staff
On Tuesday, the team announced head coach Ron Rivera’s decision to promote no less than four members of his coaching ranks. The team came out with a press release on their official website:
“The Washington Commanders announced today that they have promoted the following coaches: Juan Castillo to the role of run game coordinator, Randy Jordan to the role of senior offensive assistant/running backs coach, Travelle Wharton to the role of offensive line coach and Todd Storm to the role of tight ends coach,” read the statement.
We have made the following coaching promotions:
— Juan Castillo: run game coordinator
— Randy Jordan: senior offensive assistant/running backs coach
— Travelle Wharton: offensive line coach
— Todd Storm: tight ends coach
— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) September 5, 2023
Castillo is the veteran among the bunch, having 27 years of NFL coaching experience under his belt. He has had stints with the Buffalo Bills, the Chicago Bears, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Baltimore Ravens. Last season, he was Washington’s tight ends coach.
Jordan, however, is the longest-serving coach in the group. He is now entering his 10th season in D.C., while Wharton and Storm are both entering Year 4 of their respective tenures with the squad.
Ron Rivera’s Parting Shot to Ex-Washington Commanders Owner Dan Snyder
According to NFL insider Adam Schefter of ESPN, Snyder and Co. blocked these promotions during his reign. With the billionaire businessman now out of the picture, however, Rivera had a free hand to go about his business:
“Old ownership would not greenlight these promotions. But it remained on the top of Ron Rivera’s list once the sale closed. And now it is done,” Shefter wrote in his tweet.
It remains unclear why the old regime refused to green-light these promotions, but what you can say for sure is that Rivera was determined to see them through. The veteran shot-caller just waited patiently for his opportunity and once it came, he gladly delivered one final parting shot to Snyder and his recently-concluded tenure as team owner.