It's not. We several games because of breakdowns in execution as well.
i think most understand that. highlighting rivera's role in it, just like highlighting cam's or the defenses or whatever, to some means laying all the blame on one.
i think rivera does bear more of the burden, though, because it's his responsibility to make sure that they can win with who they have. it's up to him and that coaching staff to put together a plan that fits the personnel if they don't have the personnel to fit their plan.
it's the coaching staff's responsibility to change what they do when what they do doesn't work so that it's something that their personnel can do well. they eventually did, but they did it too late. it's that reluctance to change and adapt that gets some and that helped in us losing games.
the players shouldn't have messed up, but they did. were they coached up enough to carry out the plan the coaches had for them? were they even capable of doing it well? did they do it well? did they adjust what they did to suit the players where they were? these are questions that have to be answered.
the players have their own questions to answer. need to know why they missed assignments. why they were out of position. why they dropped the ball, missed tackles, missed blocks, etc.
rivera has had plenty of mistakes these past two years. has he learned from them? it's up for debate, obviously. the question now is if he hasn't learned enough from them, can he? how long will it take? if he has learned from them, it the ceiling high enough to warrant us not looking at other options? of course you don't just outright fire the guy without looking at other coaches, but with a new GM he has to be able to make his case for remaining in that capacity. i would hope that the new GM doesn't just come in and look at the last few games of the season and say, "meh....he'll do. no need to look elsewhere." he'd be doing this team no favors by not looking at all options.
it could be that better options would be too expensive (though if JR was completely serious about winning he'd have no problems opening up that checkbook) or don't want to come here for some reason. rivera should be retained for another year to see what he can do with a third year. there's lots of factors that would go into the decision. rivera would absolutely have to make his case, though, and i don't think it's a great one.