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Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

Posted on: January 10, 2011 2:34 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Posted by Andy Benoit

UPDATE 3:24 p.m. ET: Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune says Rivera is expected to be announced as the Panthers’ new head coach on Tuesday.

UPDATE 4:15 p.m. ET: According to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, if Rivera is hired (as expected), either San Francisco's Greg Manusky or Cleveland's Rob Ryan could be hired as defensive coordinators. Both have ties to Panthers GM Marty Hurney. For offensive coordinator, La Canfora believes that Ron Turner (currently with the Colts but best known as former OC of the Bears) or Chargers tight end coach Rob Chudzinski would be the leading candidate.
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It looks like Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera will become the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers. According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, the Panthers are calling other candidates who interviewed for the job and telling them that the club is going in a different direction.

According to Glazer, the Panthers are mentioning to other candidates that Rivera did well in his interview. He recently met with team officials for the second time.

Rivera, 49, has been a much-ballyhooed defensive assistant since 1997. He has experience running a 4-3 Tampa 2 based scheme from his days in Chicago and experience overseeing a 3-4 from his time in San Diego. And because he has no head coaching experience, he carries a lighter price tag that the small-market Panthers prefer.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:55 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

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Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

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Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

He didn't even have a single 300 yard game
Edit:  Jimmy Clausen didn't have a single 200 yard game



Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

Lathon, we play Peyton like once every 4 years...not impressed, he has been interviewed how many times for a head coaching position and never hired...sounds like the Panthers need him. I think his defenses are okay maybe a little better, I just can't see him being a good head coach. Just my opinion

That's not the point.  My point was that Rivera has a great defense mind and his defenses have performed quite well against the NFL's best.  The Panthers will need his expertise to defeat the likes of Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Josh Freeman for the next five to seven years.  If he bring Rob Ryan in to coach the defense then the Panthers should be around 7-9 next year and one year away from respectability.  Of course, this can't happen with Jimmy Clausen at the helm.  He does not have the footwork, arm, or body to be a success in the NFL.  He has a long and slow delivery and can't put balls in tight windows.  He threw 3 TDs in all of his starts combined, zero to WRs.  All three of his TDs were also on extremely blown coverages.  He didn't even have a single 300 yard game.  He almost made Steve Smith an afterthought.  He couldn't even get the ball to Steve on screens!  The Panthers need to bring in Donovan McNabb, Vince Young, or Kyle Orton to at least stop the bleeding in the short term.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

When he was the DC in Chicago he mixed things up.  One play was the cover-2, the next a 46 Defense scheme, and the next a traditional 4-3 defense.  He recognized that the personnel he had were more suited for the 46 than the cover -2.  That is why Lovie jerked him around and then fired him, as Lovie wanted to go with cover 2 100% of the time.  The fact they went downhill so quickly after his departure with pretty much the same personnel, player wise says alot.  As a Chicago fan I can tell you he played very smart as a LB in Chitown and most Bears fans I know heavily criticize Lovie for getting rid of him. 

As far as all the interviews, the minority rules caused alot of them. 

I am fairly positive he will make a good if not great HC, with some decent players.  No disrespect to Carolina fans but I think that (player personnel) is your biggest issue.



Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2011 9:16 am
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

The Pike question is an interesting one.  I say that there is little need to get rid of Pike and his year of watching film and studying nfl playbooks should help.  I would again say I would get a reasonably priced veteran QB to mentor both Clausen and him and see what happens next season.  The o-line and d-line need help and depth and we have got to get some WR depth.  I do not think we need to draft a new QB atm.  Pike???? I would like to see another year with him getting some playing time. 



Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2011 9:05 am
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

Clausen had more than "limited" playing time agreed.  However, who was his mentor?  Matt Moore?  Also how did the o-line do defending Clausen?  Wait hold on the running game was doing really well this year-oh no it wasn't......I think bringing in a reasonable priced veteran QB to mentor Clausen this next year is the best option at QB.  The o-line and d-line are bigger issues than the QB at the moment.  Clausen may still suprise some people but even if he fails lets at least give him the o-line and mentorship to show he fails and not David Carr him with too much thrown at him and way too many hits put on him.  You don't have to have a super star QB to win with the running talent we have, just one that will not lose you the game.  Beef up o-line and get some depth there.


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