With the team in the midst of another late-season swoon, second-year owner David Tepper fired Rivera on Tuesday and said the search for the next coach starts immediately.
Quarterbacks coach Scott Turner will take over as offensive coordinator and Norv Turner will transition to special assistant to head coach. "(Rivera is) too good a man, I have great respect for Ron, a great human being.
If you were looking for the dark horse candidate for the Panthers' head coaching position, you could probably do a lot worse than Nick Sirianni.
Rivera, the Panthers' coach since the 2011 season, was sacked two days after the Panthers, 5-7 through 12 games, lost for the fourth consecutive time.
Even this current season, Carolina seemed to be a lock for at least a Wild Card spot back in the middle of October when the team was surging with Kyle Allen under center before it all went downhill for the most part.
Rivera, the Carolina coach since 2011, finishes with a 76-63-1 record. In nine seasons Rivera guided the team to a Super Bowl appearance, an NFC championship and three NFC South titles. I wish him the best.
Joining a team as an assistant may seem like the best option at the moment for Rivera, but depending on what happens over the next few weeks with certain teams having head coaches of their own on hot seats, Rivera may be able to land another head coaching gig. A year ago the team was 6-2 but lost seven straight games and finished 7-9. "Our vision is to find the right mix of old-school discipline and toughness with modern and innovative processes".
The 2019 season has featured the team losing its starting quarterback in Cam Newton, as well as numerous other starters, including kicker Graham Gano and defensive lineman Kawaan Short. If he doesn't pick up a head coaching job elsewhere next season, he has the experience to return as a coordinator. This year foot problems ended Newton's season after two games, forcing the Panthers to go with a second-year quarterback, Kyle Allen, who had previously started just one National Football League game.
Plenty of teams will rightfully be expressing heavy interest in Rivera now that his services will be available for 2020, one of which needs to be Philadelphia.
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