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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: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

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 but best known as former OC of the ) or tight end coach Rob Chudzinski would be the leading candidate.

Is everyone now going to convince me the news is getting better?

Ron Turner is horrible, almost ruined Jay Cutler. Chud, maybe at best might be decent, he didn't develop Gates he was already developed when he got there...I do like the idea of Rob Ryan, and Manusky's 49ers defense never did anything for me.

I just want to see light at the end of the tunnel. Are these the best guys that Rivera can bring with him (and Hurney).



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

Speedracer216,

I don't think I have ever seen a comment that summed up Ron Turner as well as the one you just made.  The only adjective I would add to your description of his offensive schemes is PREDICTABLE!




Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2011 5:49 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

GREAT hire. Should've been an HC much sooner but Lovie Smith pulled some crap on him after the Superbowl by not letting him interview until all the HC positions were gone that year, then suddenly firing him. Ron Rivera is getting the chance he deserves.

HOWEVEr - RON do NOT make the mistake of bringing Ron Turner with you. That guy runs the most bland vanilla failure of an offense I've seen.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2011 5:46 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

Congrats to Mister Ron Rivera. I would have liked him being the 49ers head coach instead of Mike Singletary because history shows that the greatest athletes don't make the best head coaches/GMs. Anyway, Greg Manusky was a terrible DC for the 49ers so why do people want him? But then again Mike McCarthy was a terrible OC for the 49ers and the Packers hired him as their HC. Rob Ryan should be a head coach by now. He is a better coach than his crazy brother Rex. I liked Rob when he was with the Raiders. Al Davis should have given Rob a chance as HC instead of the Cable guy. Ron Turner...I remember him when he was the coach of my SJSU football team. 




Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 5:36 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

Good to hear some encoraging things about the man...tell me more and why he deserves to be a HC? What kind of records has he had as a DC, regular season? playoffs? What is his style? How does he relate to players? Does he openly talk with media? Still don't like the sungalsses but I'm willing to listen.

Why has he interviewed and been passed over so much, reminds me of Jimmy Clausen and I don't like being reminded of Clausen, but I'm all ears.



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

Congats from a Bear fan from Chicago. Without a QB its gonna be difficult to turn this team around.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

correction -- he turned the Chargers around when he was promoted from LB coach to D coordinator...in 08 I think?



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

CAR fans take heart. Who knows what kind of HC Rivera will make, but being a Bears fan living in San Diego, I'm VERY familliar with his work. He turned the Chargers around QUICKLY when he came here in 07. They played well this year too despite being (I think) short on talent. Very solid coordinator and my hunch is that he'll delegate well and be a very solid Jeff Fischer type HC.

BTW, with Jim Harbaugh and likely Rivera being hired, Fischer staying in TN & Leslie Frasier staying in MN, there will be 4 former Bear players as HC. And I think Singletary will get hired somewhere soon again.




Since: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

Seeing a couple CAR fans not too excited about this.  Believe me, Bears fan here, saw him play and saw him coach.  The Bears Defense suffered for FOUR years after they got rid of "Chico" (as he's called here in the Chi) and Lovie Smith decided to take on the D play calling.  Only this year has the Bears Defense become again what it was when Rivera was at the helm.  Although running a good Defense has nothing to do with being a good head coach.  Expect that if Chico is surrounded by good coaches, success comes quicker than later. And yeah, CAR needs a QB, no doubt; God himself couldn't coach a team to success without a Field General.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

This will be a good hire! Expect changes forthcoming in Carolina!


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