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Report: Redskins, Cowboys both looking at ex-Panthers coach Ron Rivera

Ron Rivera, Redskins, Cowboys

The NFC East has its eyes on Ron Rivera. The former Carolina Panthers head coach is drawing significant interest from the Washington Redskins. Washington is not alone. The Dallas Cowboys are also taking a gander at “Riverboat Ron,” according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

The Redskins currently have a head coaching vacancy as they fired Jay Gruden early in the season. Bill Callahan has acted as the interim. The Cowboys, on the other hand, currently have Jason Garrett operating the post. However, with his contract expiring and Dallas disappointing under his watch, it’s unlikely that he comes back.

Though fired by the Panthers, Rivera, 57, is eager to get back into the head coaching game. He’s been meticulously preparing to do so.

I’m ready to roll, and I’m ready to make a quick decision,” recently said Rivera, via Michael Silver of NFL.com. “In a roundabout way, word gets to you — but nothing’s for sure (until an actual offer comes). So all you can do is prepare and be ready. That’s kind of what I’ve tried to do.”

There is speculation that the Redskins remain the most obvious destination for Rivera. However, the Cowboys could come calling quickly if they were not to make the playoffs after Sunday’s slate of games.

A former Chicago Bears linebacker, Rivera is one of the NFL’s most respected head coaches. In his time with the Panthers, he went 76-63-1 and took a visit to the Super Bowl, but ultimately lost. His coaching philosophy hinges on aggression and family values, which should appeal to both the Redskins and Cowboys.