In my opinion, Fowler got it right today in his blog. Rivera is staying.
This is as clear a sign of what is going on as I've seen. JR is not the kind of guy to just leave a head coach flapping in the wind. Obviously, the GM search is #1 on his list. That tells me that a quick change at HC is not happening. Rivera likely saved his job with excellent game planning and execution and closing out games in the last month of the season. Wins against Atlanta, San Diego, and New Orleans looked good. 3-3 in the division is not bad. Cam is progressing. The defense looks decent.
We could have been 9-7 if we had only pulled out the first Atlanta game and Chicago. We could have been in playoff contention if we had won just one more game. The KC, Seattle, and Dallas games come to mind.
There were a lot of coaching issues in the first 6-7 weeks that were definitely troubling. But we did trend up toward the end of the year and that was the criteria for keeping Rivera. You can look at our opponents and say they were garbage. You can look at the fact that we only really started winning when we had nothing to lose. Those are valid points.
But at the end of the day its just the Ws that matter. We went from 2 to 6 to 7. Trending up!
JR is right to be more worried about the GM based on the upcoming combine, draft, and cap situations. Rivera has one more year. I can live with that. I wouldn't mind them looking at a new OC.