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Report: Panthers interviewing Ron Rivera

Posted on: January 2, 2011 9:14 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 11:09 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

When we put together our extensive Hot Seat Coaching Tracker on Sunday, one of the coaches listed as a possible replacement for John Fox in Carolina was San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.

According to a report from Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk, the Panthers are indeed planning to interview Rivera.

Rivera's a guy who's never been given too much consideration as a head coaching candidate, even though his defenses have consistently been pretty stellar. Since taking over for Wade Phillips as the Chargers' defensive coordinator in 2008, the Bolts have ranked 25th, 16th and 1st in yards allowed and 15th, 11th and 8th in points allowed.

Rivera also orchestrated the Bears defense from 2004 to 2006, when Chicago lost to Indianapolis in the Super Bowl. In Chicago, his defenses ranked 21st, 2nd and 5th in yards allowed and 13th, 1st and 5th in points allowed in the NFL. (They had not returned to the top-five after Rivera's departure until 2010.)

Rivera very much fits the mold of John Fox as well -- Fox was a defensive backs coach for the Steelers, Chargers. He then became the defensive coordinator of the Raiders and then Giants before being offered the Panthers head coaching job.

Of course, the downside to Rivera may be that the Panthers didn't suffer defensively in 2010 -- it's their need for a quarterback that hampered them so much. There's no telling whether or not Rivera would prefer to draft a defensive player with the top overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft (and he might not have a choice), but there's also a good case to be made that he saw the problems a team could face with someone like Kyle Orton or Rex Grossman running the offense.

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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Report: Panthers interviewing Ron Rivera

In typical Will Brinson, and CBS fashion...

Ron Rivera did not take over for Wade Phillips in San Diego. Wade Phillips was hired as HC of the Cowboys in 2007 not 2008.
Ron Rivera became the LB coach of the Chargers in 2007. He was promoted to DC midway through 2008 when Ted Cottrell was fired for incompetence which should be easily recognized by the staff of CBSSports.com considering the overwhelming incompetence of the staff themselves.

You would think they would at least remember their fallen brothers in other fields.



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Report: Panthers interviewing Ron Rivera

No QB= No wins. Bears defense was great for superbowl season of 2006 but could not win with Grossman. Every coach that got bounced didn't have a QB.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Report: Panthers interviewing Ron Rivera

Could be a good choice, if and this is a big if, he has the ability to sort out the Panthers "on life support" offence. Otherwise the Panthers will just end up with a Fox clone.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Report: Panthers interviewing Ron Rivera

Hmm, if Ron Rivera isn't as crazy or inexperienced as a fellow Chicago Bear defensive star (Mike Singletary) the 49ers should consider interviewing Rivera. He looks like a capable head coach. 


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