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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, 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.
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 4:55 pm

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

phootballpan, you are right on.

Carolina is a classy place to play, coach and live. But Hurney needed to go along with or before Fox. Jerry is investing too much in this guy and he keeps coming up, Jimmy Clausen (passed on by many for a reason) and Armanti Edwards for what equates to another #1 pick now (first pick in the second round).

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 4:51 pm

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

Taco, not trying to crucify the man, in fact I will support him like not other if he comes here...just as I did Fox.

However, at this point I still don't like the possible hiring. There is a reason so many teams have passed on him #1, #2, I don't like coaches who wear sunglasses on the sidelines, #3 his defenses have never amazed me...decent but not great.

I would prefer a simple hiring, since we are not going to pay the big bucks, someone like a John Fox when he came here or a Mike Smith is Atlanta, kind of under the radar and not passed over by gut just tells me there was a good reason so many teams have passed on this guy.

Again, if he is our guy, I will support him like no other..until he is gone.

You know I not happy about losing Fox. I think we need an OC guy as the offense has suffered the most and we need some excitement...but nothing builds excitement like winning...hope he can do that. But get rid of the sunglasses and act professional.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 4:37 pm

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

Not that there are many/any Pnathers fans in fair weather fanville aka Carolina, but the news just isn`t good.  Andrew Luck would rather play for a new coach in college than be a Panther.  Ron Rivera is not an upgrade at coach over John Fox plain & simple. Rivera is an ok defensive coordinator, but the same could have been said of Gregg Williams until the Seasicks shredded his D.  This franchise needs an offensive minded guy that can get some sort of passing game...any passing game going.  And NO Jimmy Clausen is NOT a franchise QB.  That spoiled brat should have the cockiness he built up at ND knocked outta him by the men in the NFL.  Hey Jimmy how`s your hair & smile with the losing record?  JERK.  Best of luck Panthers you need it!

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 4:28 pm

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

so hqic...what do you think is going to happen to the Panthers in the next 5 years?  You think they will fold the team or move to some other market?   Doubt it unless Jerry Richardson dies during that time frame.  The NFL loves the Panthers business model and they are one of the more solid organiztions in football with over 60,000 PSL's sold....past players who have played for the Panthers seem to love the organization, just as your "avatar" Reggie White did...matter of fact he retired in Charlotte and unfortunately died an untimely death there...John Fox inherited a 1-13 and turned the team around and in 2 short years they were in the Super doubt the Panthers have a long way to go...after all they are the youngest team in the NFL....but it's been done before... whoever gets hired by the Panthers is getting a good head coaching job....if only they had a GM who knew how to draft.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 4:15 pm

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

Hes right firstchance and i like alot of your posts but lets give the man 3  or 4 years to determine weather he was the right person or not. Regardless of who they are i dont like it when  people are getting crucified and they havent even given a chance to even mess up yet. Plus look what the man i walking into at 2-14 team without a qb. That takes guts i dont care who it is....

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 3:53 pm

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach


I think Lathon's point was that if you can scheme well enough to pretty much own Manning, you can probably scheme to beat most people.  Not sure that's necessarily true (San Diego had the right personnel to match up really well against us, with or without Rivera), but the point is still valid.  Frankly, I think it's a good hire for Carolina.  Don't worry about the repeat interviews... almost all coordinators go through many interviews spanning several years before they land an HC job.  Many of them don't get a lot of press, because their early interviews don't usually have much chance of landing them the job.  But hires like this (good coordinator with lots of experience getting a shot at head coaching) have a better track record of success than college coaches, retreads, or even big names being pulled back out of retirement/broadcasting.  This is the smart way to go about hiring a coach... find the right fit for the right time, and don't be fooled by a big name, big price tag, or what other organizations (with different personnel, owners, etc.) decided about the candidate.  I think Rivera will end up being good for the organization, so long as they have a good GM to support him.

Since: Jun 19, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2011 3:46 pm

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

Hopefully, Rivera will work out, and he is a guy who could be successful, but there was just no way that the team was going to attract a top of the line coach.  The Panthers just face too many questions: is Jimmy Clausen a franchise QB... The lack of new talent coming in from the draft (no first round pick in 2009 or 2010, already traded away the coveted 33rd overall pick in 2011)... The Panthers are the worst team in the league, but in one of the strongest divisions... Two elite QBs already in the division, with another that could be elite in the future... but most importantly, the very survival of the team.  Will there even be a Carolina Panthers team 5 years from now?  No top HC prospect would have walked into that grinder.

Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 3:42 pm

Ron Rivera -- very good hire

Congrats to Rivera. I think he'll turn out to be an excellent head coach. Hopefully the Panthers will bring in a top-notch personnel guy and get Rivera some good players to work with.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 3:42 pm

Ron Rivera on verge of being Panthers head coach

Has been a very good D coordinator for Both SD and before that Chi.  Deserved a shot for a while now and finally got one.  Good for him.

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 3:30 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.

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