Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com has released his General Manager Power Rankings ahead of the 2022 NFL season.
Using previous draft success, free agency, cap management, self-scouting and coach hiring as his metric, Rosenthal ranked each of the league’s GMs (except those who took over the job within the past couple years).
Ranking dead last on his list of eligible candidates are Ron Rivera and Martin Mayhew of the Washington Commanders.
Here’s Rosenthal’s explanation for the bottom-of-the-barrel ranking:
“This is Rivera’s third offseason in Washington, and the team is no closer to finding a quarterback. On paper, the defensive front looks incredibly promising. On the field, the unit was worse than the Taylor Heinicke-led offense a year ago. Rivera and Mayhew were facing an uphill battle when they arrived in Washington, but it’s hard to see a lot of progress made when most of the roster’s best players came before they arrived.”
Since taking over as head coach of the Commanders organization in 2020, Rivera has fielded five different starting quarterbacks. Searching for a longterm solution at the quarterback position since he arrived in Washington, the veteran coach/front office presence brought in former Colts placeholder Carson Wentz as the team’s starter in 2022.
Mayhew is entering just his second season as the Commanders’ GM. Before joining the Washington organization prior to the 2021 season, he logged a 47-81 executive record as VP/GM of the Detroit Lions.
Ultimately, Rivera has the final say when it comes to decision making in Washington.