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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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Comments

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2011 8:56 am
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

Agreed.  However how is this different than say Jon Fox?  I mean I know a change at HC has to take place the players just were not buying into the scheme anymore and were not listening to him.  I am all for actually trying to get Bill Cowher in Carolina.  I know smaller markets want low investment high reward people, but if you are doing that on the recruitment of players and coaches when will you get the consistent development of a winning franchise?  Having a big name, succesful coach such as Cowher would in and of itself make recruitment of established players easier and development of an identity for the team as a whole.  Also as the defense has many pieces there they need someone to utilze them correctly.  Rivera actually could accomplish that as well but if he works out well do you think Carolina will be able or willing to pony up the cash then?  I say let's get Cowher and actually invest in the rebuild we need.  IMHO of course.



Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

You forgot to mention that Rivera also played linebacker in Buddy Ryan's 46 defense as a Bear adding Ryan and Ditka to his coaching pedigree.  He's a smart coach, who knows how to relate to players.  It will be a great hire for Carolina.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2011 9:58 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

dcrum, you are flat wrong. Clausen had more than "limited" playing time and all us Panthers fans got was "limited" development, he showed very little growth over the course of the season. I will be more than happy if he turns out OK, but i've seen all the games and have very little faith in his future as an NFL starter.



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 9:55 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

You people are amazing.  Clausen had very limited playing time and is a rookie.  You have to give him more time.  Most NFL QBs don't become good enough until about the 3rd or 4th year, and that is with a stable coaching staff.



Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2011 8:53 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

This is a good hire for the Panthers.  Ron Rivera is an excellent DC, who could have been the Steelers head coach four years ago, but he was with the Bears on their NFC Championship run.  Instead, the Steelers chose Mike Tomlin, and Ron went to the Chargers DC position.  He has done an excellent job, and is a good fit to be the successor of John Fox.



Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

His first move better be to cut Clausen



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

Oh boy...Cant please everybody..well gosh Firstchance who do you think we should hire..since this guy just does not have what it takes or the qualities to be in NFL head coach.



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

finally, thanks carfan...if nothing else a legit attempt



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 8:37 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

Well I'll go ahead and answer some of the questions here...

What makes him a quality Head coach -

He's a DC, ( a very very good DC) who are usually adapt at solving problems. He's a player's coach and his players love playing for him and he gets the most out of his players where he's been.   He's got an extensive background in coaching and has been successfull everywhere he's been in the NFL. From Philly to Chicago to SD, he was successfull there and had a top ranked defense as a DC.
 
He comes from an agressive coaching back ground ( which will be a nice change here in Carolina.) His job now is to hire the right people to coach up the players he has, It will be key who's choosen as the OC, QB coach and DC.





Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

Thanks for the summation. Now go back and read the message I posted concerning you about one page back.

And for the record that doesn't tell anyone his qualities in being a head coach! Which is what I'm asking for. Nor do I think that is a crime for asking.

If it makes you feel better and you think everyone one being ra ra is going to make this team a winner...then ra ra. Alls now good in Panther Nation.

And for the record, I have no idea if he will be good or not, that will be determined with results on the field.


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