Friends as playoff foes: Packers' LaFleur faces Rams' McVay
Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur and Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay say their friendship and shared history shouldn't have much of an impact on their teams’ upcoming NFC divisional playoff matchup. The top-seeded Packers (13-3) host the Rams (11-6) on Saturday with an NFC championship game berth at stake. San Francisco’s head coach is Kyle Shanahan, who worked at Washington with Matt LaFleur and McVay from 2010-13. They reunited in 2017 when McVay became the Rams’ head coach and hired LaFleur. One year later, he became the Packers’ head coach.
Redskins' Snyder promises new culture with Rivera as coach
Washington Redskins new head coach Ron Rivera speaks during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)ASHBURN, VA – Ron Rivera's tenure as Washington Redskins head coach promises to bring major changes at least from his immediate predecessor, Jay Gruden. Whether he can build the consistent winning team that has eluded Dan Snyder in two decades as owner remains to be seen. Snyder, who rarely speaks publicly, introduced Rivera on Thursday and said his new coach will have unique authority. In speaking with people who knew Rivera, Snyder said several words were mentioned: “Integrity, honesty, knowledge, grit, determination. Jack Del Rio, the former head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders, was named defensive coordinator earlier Thursday.