The Panthers have fired Ron Rivera. This move comes with four games left in the regular season, Rivera’s ninth as the head coach of the franchise. The Panthers are mired in a 5-7 season.
The news of this was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Panthers fired Ron Rivera.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 3, 2019
Ron Rivera Fired
Even though Cam Newton has been out the majority of the season, this move doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
The Panthers had seemed to hit a stalling point in the process of the franchise, and after going to the Super Bowl following the 2015 season, the team had not won a playoff game and had only made the postseason one time.
Overall Rivera finishes his time as the head coach of the Panthers with a record of 76-63-1, which is pretty good. Overall he was 3-4 in the postseason in four playoff appearances.
Perry Fewell will take over as the interim head coach.
Whoever takes over this job is going to have some talent to work with. The Panthers did start off the season 5-3 before going on their current four-game losing streak.
Kyle Allen has also shown to be a serviceable quarterback, so if the team decided to move on from Newton there will be something to work with.
There is also Christian McCaffrey as the star of the franchise.
The side of the ball that will need the most work is the defense. Right now the defense ranks 26th in the league in points allowed, which has been the main reason for the losing streak.
Owner David Tepper released the following statement, via Adam Schefter:
“I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community. I wish him the best. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers.”
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