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Ron Rivera: Carolina Panthers new head coach

Posted on: January 11, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2011 4:16 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Ron Rivera's been all but locked-in as the next coach of the Carolina Panthers for the past few days and the fans/media/etc have simply been waiting for an announcement from the team.

While that's yet to come, multiple reports surfaced on Tuesday afternoon that Rivera and the Panthers reached an agreement to make him the next head coach of the franchise. Including the most telling "report" of them all, a tweet from Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen, who tweeted "Congrats to Coach Rivera being named new Panthers HC!!!"

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the sides are "putting finishing touches on the contract" and an agreement has been reached. Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that Rivera "has been hired," but, again, the team has yet to announce anything.

Chris Mortensen reports that Rivera's deal will be for $11.2 million over the course of four years with no option.

It's been known/expected for about a day and a half that Rivera would land the gig in Carolina, and this means the 5:00 PM EST press conference at Bank of America Stadium on Tuesday should lock Rivera into the gig. 

As covered previously, Rivera's track record is similar to that of the Panthers' last coach, John Fox. Rivera had success as a defensive coordinator (albeit in two locations and with two different defenses), saw his star rise in the coaching ranks, received two interviews with the Panthers, and landed the job.

Rivera's staff will be critical to his success, particularly the offensive coordinator. Rob Chudzinski, the current tight ends coach with the Chargers, has been rumored as a possible candidate for the OC position with the Panthers when Rivera's officially announced. Ron Turner, who worked with Rivera in Chicago, is expected to be in the mix as well.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:23 pm
 

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Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2011 8:40 pm
 

Ron Rivera: Carolina Panthers new head coach

As a Panthers fan, after watching the press conference I came away with a little better feelng of the hire...didn't know a lot about Rivera other than a small recollection of his playing days with the Bears, but he seems to be a no-nonsense kind of guy who will definitely be involved in the defensive side of the ball...what i"m worried about is their choice in the offensive coordinator...I honestly believe that this position is as important in the short term future of the Panthers as much as the head coach position....I have reservations about the possibility of hiring Ron Turner because of his record with the Bears and his unimaginative offensive scheme....we just had an offensive coordinator in Jeff Davidson who was about as creative as a junior high school coach when it came to calling plays...the Panthers have a pretty good nucleus(except for the QB position) and a lot of young talent to build around....I have no doubt that they will be a top defensive team in a couple of years, but you can't win too many games with 200 yards total offense, no passing game and average 7 points....hire a good young CREATIVE offensive coordinator and bring some life back to the Panthers...I, for one, am pulling for you Rivera!



Since: Apr 16, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Ron Rivera: Carolina Panthers new head coach

I think the Panthers made a good choice in hiring Ron Riveria as their head coach..I believe that he will be able to get more production out of Jimmy Clausen and the rest of the offense..It seems like the John Fox era had run its course..Maybe it was time for a change before now..John Fox had some good success at Carolina,but it looks like the team wasn't buying into his way of coaching any more..Even though I am a Skins fan,I have family living in N.C.and am a big TarHeel fan,I have sort of followed the Carolina Panthers also..



Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Ron Rivera: Carolina Panthers new head coach

Yeah, he's good.



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Ron Rivera: Carolina Panthers new head coach

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Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Ron Rivera: Carolina Panthers new head coach

Need a Charger fan to weigh in...this a good, solid hire?  He impressed at the press conference, but wanted some other opinions of how he's preceived in SD. 




Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Ron Rivera: Carolina Panthers new head coach

How would you have liked to have been the "token" interveiwed for the Cowboy gig.This is 2011;multiple minority successful coaches in the NFL.What gives anyone the right to tell someone how to run their business..


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