- With Jason Garrett on the hot seat in Dallas, Ron Rivera at +200 seems like a logical choice as a replacement
- Cleveland reportedly plans to stick with Kitchens, which could take Rivera out of the running with Browns
- Giants should be considered as club is 8-22 under Shurmur over two seasons
Ron Rivera was one of the latest NFL head coaches to get fired this season, but there’s already wide speculation as to where the former Panthers coach may land in 2020.
Odds on potential landing spots for Rivera have been released, with Dallas coming in as the +200 favorite.
With Jason Garrett on the hot seat with the Cowboys, would Rivera be the logical choice to take on the job and lead America’s team? Is joining the underachieving Cleveland Browns a better bet at +250?
What Team Will Ron Rivera Coach In 2020?
|New York Giants||+500|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+800|
Odds taken on Dec. 16
Ron Rivera was relieved of his duties with the Carolina Panthers on December 3, after the club suffered a fourth consecutive loss — a 29-21 defeat to the lowly Washington Redskins. That was enough for the Panthers to make Rivera the latest coaching casualty of the 2019 regular season.
Rivera Favored to Coach Cowboys in 2020
Immediately following his firing, sportsbooks heavily favored Rivera to coach again next season.
While there’s been a lot of interest in Rivera’s services, the question still remains, which team is the frontrunner?
Former Panthers’ HC Ron Rivera discusses what he’s looking for in his next job:
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 11, 2019
Dallas is a unique situation as the Cowboys are 7-7 and in a fight for the NFC East division lead under Garrett. Even though Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has given Garrett a vote of confidence, if the club misses the playoffs or doesn’t meet expectations, this could be the last we see of the head coach.
That is why Rivera comes in as the +200 favorite to land the Cowboys job.
“Rivera is certainly going to be on the (Cowboys’) list,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said last week.
Under Rivera, the Panthers compiled a record of 76-63-1 over an eight-year span. Garrett also has a respectable regular-season record with Dallas, but has not had a lot of success in the playoffs.
Browns Another Top Candidate to Land Rivera
The Freddie Kitchens experiment hasn’t worked as planned in Cleveland but the Browns continue to support their head coach despite the fact the team will not make the playoffs.
According to Rapoport, the Browns will likely stick with Kitchens “to 2020 and beyond” which makes a possible Rivera hiring much more unlikely.
A potential scenario with the Cowboys would make much more sense for Rivera, who earned the NFL’s Coach of the Year award on two occasions with the Panthers (2013 and 2015) and led the team to a Super Bowl appearance along the way.
From @NFLGameDay: If the #Cowboys move on from coach Jason Garrett, Sean Payton isn't an option… but last offseason, through back channels, they made it known they were interested in him if he was interested in them. That helped Payton land a massive contract extension. pic.twitter.com/zTiAEyAThm
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 15, 2019
Are there any other landing spots to consider for Rivera?
The Falcons are +500, but some believe that after Atlanta’s stunning victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 15, it was enough to save Dan Quinn’s job.
The New York Giants should be the next team to consider betting on as the team Rivera could coach next season.
Under Pat Shurmur, the G-Men are 8-22 over two seasons and his time in New York could be coming to an end.
Which NFC East team wants Rivera more? As of now, stick with the Cowboys.
Pick: Dallas Cowboys (+200)
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