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Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera on the field before the start of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough) *FILE**

Rivera faces first tough test after Commanders' defensive change

Commanders coach Ron Rivera will take over defensive play-calling on Sunday after firing Jack Del Rio last week. Rivera was asked if he likes calling the plays. "When it works," he joked. Welcome to the big leagues, Coach. His first task will be to tame one of the NFL's most potent offenses in the Dolphins.

Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023, in Foxborough, Mass. The Washington Commanders have fired defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio and defensive backs coach Brent Vieselmeyer. Del Rio was 12 games into his fourth season with the team. The moves made Friday, Nov. 24, come after the Commanders lost 45-10 at Dallas on Thursday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Del Rio's firing goes beyond Commanders' poor defensive play

After an inconsistent four seasons, including a disappointing 2023 season to date, with a 4-8 record that has seen Jack Del Rio's high-profile defense result in a bottom-feeding defense in nearly every measurable category, Del Rio, 60, was fired by Commanders coach Ron Rivera -- at least we are being led to believe it was his decision.

Washington Commanders wide receiver Jahan Dotson (1) is seen during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023, in Arlington, Texas. Dallas won 45-10. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Young Commanders stars looking to shine in season's final weeks

The Washington Commanders have five games remaining, and with the team out of the playoff race, the upcoming games will represent some of the best opportunities yet for the team's young players to prove themselves worthy of more playing time and new contracts.

Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell (14) throwing a pass during the second half of an NFL game against the New York Giants at FedEx Field in Landover, MD, November 19, 2023. (Photo by Billy Sabatini)

Commanders get back to work after a reality-check weekend

Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera was asked last week what he appreciated about playing in the Thanksgiving Day game. He cited the downtime that would come on the other side.

Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder poses with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones prior to kickoff at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, October 2, 2022. (Photo by Brian Murphy) **FILE**

Be thankful for Commanders changes, even amid lousy season

The last time the Washington Commanders were in Dallas, the pregame spectacle almost overshadowed the game itself. No, it wasn't Dolly Parton, who will be performing at halftime of Thursday's game between the teams. It was former Washington owner Dan Snyder shaking hands with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Washington Commanders defensive end Jonathan Allen (93) sacking New York Giants quarterback Tommy DeVito (15) during the second half of an NFL game at FedEx Field in Landover, MD, November 19, 2023. (All-Pro Reels Photo by Billy Sabatini) **FILE**

Commanders hope second short week goes better than their first

A change in NFL rules this year allows teams to play on a Thursday twice over the course of a season, something the Commanders will do when they take on the Cowboys this week. Their first Thursday appearance was a forgettable one, a 40-20 loss to the Bears that gave Chicago its first win of the season.

Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Riq Woolen (27) in the first half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

Commanders get lowly Giants at their lowest ... what could go wrong?

Before the first game between the Commanders and the Giants this season, this reporter used this space to proclaim, "Everything is breaking right" for Washington in a matchup that has usually been their kryptonite. That was a touch premature.

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper watches his two-run homer during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 5-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

LOVERRO: For Washington fans, MVP-level performances few, far between

For sports fans, that moment of seeing a hometown hero honored as a league MVP can be the icing on the cake of a great year, or, in some cases, a frustrating reminder of missed opportunities. Either way, it's not the kind of moment that Washington-area fans -- especially baseball fans -- have a lot of familiarity with.