Bill Callahan, most Redskins defensive coaches reportedly fired
Ron Rivera will have plenty of freedom to construct his own staff, judging by who’s being retained after his hiring by the Washington Redskins.
According to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington, most of Washington’s defensive assistants have been fired after Rivera’s hiring as head coach. Also out is offensive line coach Bill Callahan, who served as the team’s interim head coach for the team’s final 11 games.
Bill Callahan and most of Redskins defensive staff is out, per sources. Some offensive assistants and staff will interview with Ron Rivera, including Kevin O’Connell, but right now, no holdovers definitively have a job on the new staff.
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) January 1, 2020
Essentially, the Redskins are clearing the way for Rivera to make major changes. That’s great news for a team with a toxic culture, and if owner Dan Snyder is really going to get out of the way and let Rivera do his job, it’s exceptionally encouraging.
Rivera already has a new defensive coordinator in place. The team is also going to be hiring a new GM after Bruce Allen was let go.