Tierney: Ron Rivera Was "The Perfect Hire" For Dan Snyder

As fallout continues from allegations levied against Washington’s NFL team, Dan Snyder has at least one thing going for him: Ron Rivera

Tiki and Tierney
July 20, 2020 - 11:17 am
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As fallout continues from allegations levied against Washington’s NFL team, Dan Snyder has at least one thing going for him: Ron Rivera.

“In a lot of ways, he brought in the perfect hire,” Brandon Tierney said on Tiki & Tierney. “[Snyder] is so happy that he chose Ron Rivera as the head coach. If he took a chance on one of these young, ascending, innovative geniuses that wouldn’t be equipped to deal with this, that would be additionally problematic. I thought Ron Rivera’s statement was awesome.”

Fifteen former Washington employees have accused the organization of sexual harassment and verbal abuse. Rivera, 58, said he will change the culture and create “an environment of inclusion” among employees. He also referenced the fact that his daughter works for Washington so he “sure as hell” is not going to allow harassment to occur.

“Anybody with a daughter would have that attitude for sure – and hopefully [anyone] without one, too,” Tierney said. “But what’s amazing with the Washington team, they’re doubly pathetic. They’ve been inept on the football field for a long time, but much worse than that, now they are apparently, reportedly, morally corrupt.”

Snyder was not implicated in the allegations but could still be punished for allowing this behavior to occur.

“How do you not have a robust human resources department in 2020?” Tiki Barber asked. “These things have been going on forever. How can you think that that’s okay to exist in 2020 anymore? While Daniel Snyder is not directly implicated in any of these allegations . . . it still has to be an indictment on him for not knowing culture in 2020 – [or] really, the 20th century. You can’t have it this way. Whatever ultimately comes down, he deserves – and he probably is going to get off cleaner than he probably should.”

Snyder, who became the owner in 1999, has had eight different head coaches since 2000. During that time, Washington is 142-193-1 and 2-5 in the playoffs. It has not won a playoff game since 2005.

Now, however, his problems extend beyond the field.

“It’s his team, so it’s his culture,” Tierney said. “Which means it’s his responsibility to know what’s going on, to clean up what’s going on.”