The Washington Redskins have agreed on terms to hire Ron Rivera as their next head coach, the NFL Network's Mike Silver reported Tuesday morning, and ESPN's Adam Schefter added that Rivera "is expected to target" Jack Del Rio to become Washington's next defensive coordinator.
Schefter also noted:
According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Rivera will arrive in Washington, D.C., on a five-year deal with the official announcement from the franchise "probably" coming Wednesday:
ABC 7 News' Scott Abraham relayed that Washington "would like to switch to a 4-3 defense next year."
Del Rio helped to build the Broncos unit inherited by Wade Phillips that ranked first overall in total defense and passing defense as well as third in rushing defense during a 2015 Super Bowl run.
Del Rio was hired by ESPN as an analyst in August. "I think it was healthy to unplug and get away last year," he said at the time, per the Associated Press' Joe Reedy. "I made the best of a situation that was awkward and abrupt. I haven't said I am done coaching. This allows me to still talk about and cover the game while reviewing game tape and providing an opinion."
Washington ranked 18th in passing defense, 27th in total defense and 31st in rushing defense this season. The team finished 3-13, firing head coach Jay Gruden on Oct. 7 and leaning on interim head coach Bill Callahan. The organization made a major move by firing president Bruce Allen, who had spent 10 years in that position, on Monday.