Wednesday morning, Rivera met with the Carolina media - an unusual move for a coach just fired, which speaks to his standing within the organization even though owner David Tepper decided it was time to choose his own coach.
And make no mistake: Rivera absolutely won it. "This one hurt deep".
"Will be forever grateful because of the impact you had on my life..."
For the next owner thinking of giving Rivera another shot to coach in the National Football League, weighing his leadership and character against his role in those missed opportunities will be the pivotal calculus in whether he's coaching again in 2020. I really can't tell you why it was a good fit - I can tell you now, but back then, I couldn't. "That's why you're having more people go that way". Newton noted on Instagram.
In two games this season, Newton completed 56.2 percent of his passes for 572 yards and one interception.