Cowboys will reportedly interview Ron Rivera for defensive coordinator vacancy

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy speaks with Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera after an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Arlington. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

Ron Rivera will reportedly have his second interview with an NFC East team in as many weeks.

Hours after news broke that the Washington Commanders tabbed Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to be the team's next head coach, chatter began about who would replace him in Dallas.

The Dallas Morning News said Rivera, the Commanders' former coach who was fired in January, is expected to interview next week as one of two external candidates in consideration. After four seasons in Washington, new owner Josh Harris relieved Rivera following a 4-13 season.

A week ago, Rivera garnered interest from the Philadelphia Eagles after head coach Nick Sirianni fired former defensive coordinator Sean Desai. The Eagles ultimately decided to bring in former Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, so Rivera remains on the open market.

Even though Rivera's defense in Washington didn't do him any favors — the Commanders owned the worst defense in passing yards per game (262.2), yards per game (388.9) and points per game (30.5) — the last defense he called was particularly stout. The San Diego Chargers conceded the fewest yards per game (271.6) in the NFL in 2010.