The humiliation suffered against the Dallas Cowboys, 45-10, had consequences for the Washington Commanders when they made the decision to fire defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio and defensive backs coach Brent Vieselmeyer.
Through a statement on its social networks, the board announced this decision after the bitter beating at the Thanksgiving Day meeting.
The Commanders have a losing record this season at 4-8, which is why the new ownership group led by Josh Harris will make more significant changes to straighten out the team and continue as a leading team.
In 11 of their 12 games this season, the Commanders have allowed 290 yards and 30 or more points in seven games.
The head coach sent a message to his fans.
“Today I relieved Jack Del Rio and Brent Vieselmeyer of their duties. I appreciate everything they contributed to the organization over the past four seasons and wish them all the best in the future.”
Washington has a 29th-worst defensive offense this season in yards allowed, 30th-worst in passing yards and worst in points allowed.
Jack Del Rio was in his fourth season as defensive coordinator.
JOSH HARRIS’ MESSAGE
It was Josh Harris who leads the ownership group that sent a message to the fans after the thrashing against Dallas promising a new commitment to both management and players.
“This morning, I spoke with Coach Rivera and he recommended that the team make changes to the defensive coordinator and the defensive coach. I accepted those recommendations and want to thank Jack and Brent for their contributions to the Commanders. We wish them all the best.”
I feel exactly how our fans feel today: disappointed and frustrated. That’s how our players and staff feel, too. I knew our first season as owner would include challenges along the way, and we wouldn’t shy away from hard work in the face of adversity. We will focus all our energy on ourselves and Coach Rivera for the rest of the season to focus on playing better football with the commitment of the players.”
Harris said they will evaluate the areas where they need to improve this offseason. “Our fans deserve a team that can compete with the best in the NFL and win sustainably in the long run. I will not give up on that mission. Thank you to our fans for the way they have supported us on our adventure. We haven’t been good enough this season, but our determination for the future is unwavering.”