The hiring of Ron Rivera as head coach and Jason Wright as team president has changed the perception of the Washington Football Team. Rivera helped transform the culture in less than one year, while Wright has done everything right in his role.
The players love Rivera — as evidenced by the team’s attendance in the offseason program. The fans respect him.
Wright took on an even bigger role last summer. His job was to run Washington on the business side, replacing Bruce Allen. There aren’t enough positive words to describe Wright in comparison to the man he replaced.
Wright’s transparency and presence in the media are refreshing for fans. For years, fans had grown tired of never hearing from owner Dan Snyder or Allen after another miserable season or questionable move. Wright is everywhere, saying — and doing — all the right things.
However, a recent fan survey by The Athletic indicates there is still plenty of work to do be done.
One of the questions in the survey was, “do you feel the organization respects and values you as a fan?”
Over 64% of the respondents indicated no, they did not feel valued as a fan.
Sure, the number is alarming, but it is to be expected. Snyder still owns the team. While he has recently made plenty of smart moves, Washington fans have been burned by believing one too many times. This certainly feels different, but until the Football Team consistently wins and Snyder allows those he hired to do their respective jobs, fans will not be convinced.
Fortunately, Wright and Rivera appear to be in this for the long haul, which is the best possible outcome for Washington fans.