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Redskins introduce Ron Rivera as head coach, say he will have broad authority

Former Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera was introduced as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins on Jan. 2. Rivera said he wants to create a “player centered culture.” (Video: WUSA9)

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder introduced his new head coach, Ron Rivera, on Thursday and said he was changing the way the team has been run. Power, he said, would no longer come from the team owner, president or general manager.

“We’re going to have one voice and one voice alone, and that’s going to be the coach’s,” Snyder said.

Rivera said Snyder told him in meetings over the past few weeks that he wanted the Redskins to be more like the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks, franchises where the coach has much of the final say about which players to sign, draft, cut and play.

While Rivera tried to insist he wouldn’t be “omnipotent” and would work collaboratively with the other football executives, it was clear Snyder hired him to be the most powerful person in the team’s facility.