Ron Rivera fired as Carolina Panthers head coach

Ron Rivera

Ron Rivera

On his podcast "Nothing Personal with David Samson", Samson discusses the latest breaking news out of the National Football League, the firing of Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who has been with the team since 2011. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will be special assistant to the head coach, and his son Scott Turner will serve as offensive coordinator. I wish him the best. According to the Charlotte Observer, Fewell actually interviewed for the Panthers' head coaching job in 2011, before Rivera was ultimately hired.

During September and October, the future appeared to be bright for Allen on offense with his impressive level of play, and this even helped take some of the pressure off Rivera since the former head coach was quickly on the hot seat entering Week 3.

At 76-63-1, Rivera was the winningest coach in the relatively brief history of the franchise. In nine seasons Rivera guided the team to a Super Bowl appearance, an NFC championship and three NFC South titles.

After going 11-5 and making the playoffs in 2017, the Panthers missed the playoffs last season have struggled this year, entering Week 14 with a record of 5-7.

Given that he's been dealing with some big roster holes, it's a bit of a surprise that Rivera would be fired at this point, but Carolina has lost four straight games, including an 8-point loss to Washington on Sunday.

But the Panthers have fallen on hard times lately following injuries to quarterback Cam Newton the past two seasons.

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Some on social media believe another team will quickly hire Rivera.

Rivera, 57, did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment from The Associated Press. Tepper, who purchased the franchise in 2018, is a staunch supporter of analytics.

Tepper said the Panthers will now undergo "a comprehensive and thorough review of our football operation" as they search for their next head coach.

Rivera's firing could have ramifications outside the Panthers organization.

According to a league source, the Panthers chose to let Rivera go before the end of the season because team owner David Tepper wanted to get ahead in the coaching search. We will consider a wide range of football executives to complement our current football staff. "Should be one of the hottest coaching candidates this year". There will be more decisions to come in the front office as Tepper's statement says the team will be hiring an assistant general manager and vice president of football operations.

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