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Why Rivera may have declined

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2010 – 12:39 pm

If the report from the San Diego Union-Tribune is accurate that Ron Rivera in fact declined the opportunity to interview with the Bills for their vacant head coaching post, there are a couple of reasons why that might have happened that have nothing to do with the attractiveness of the job.

A colleague of mine astutely pointed out that Rivera and Leslie Frazier are close friends. They were teammates for three seasons on a Bears defense that was largely responsible for the 1985 Super Bowl XX title won by Chicago, and they were also assistants on the same Philadelphia Eagles staff for four seasons under Andy Reid (1999-2002).

It’s not unrealistic to  think that one coach pulls himself out of the running for a head coaching job to improve the chances of the other to get the job. I’m not saying that is the case here, but knowing the close relationship between the two it’s reasonable to believe they don’t want to directly compete against one another for the job.

The only other possibility is Rivera has interviewed more than half a dozen times for head coaching jobs and has not emerged as the top choice for any one of them. Interviewing again and not getting another job only increases the likelihood of being viewed by league executives as an also ran in terms of head coaching material, something no coach wants as a label.

Personally I think Rivera is head coaching material and will be a head coach one day in this league, but it doesn’t appear right now that it will happen for Rivera this offseason, partly from his own decision making, again if the San Diego Union-Tribune story is on the mark.


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