Thursday, 12 December, 2019

Ron Rivera to Buffalo Bills so insane it could work

Panthers fire head coach Ron Rivera after nine seasons Carolina Panthers fire head coach Ron Rivera with 4 games left in the season | Rock Hill Herald
Cary Erickson | 04 December, 2019, 03:28

Secondary coach Perry Fewell has been named interim head coach in his place.

Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will transition to special assistant to the head coach, and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner will serve as offensive coordinator.

The Ron Rivera era has come to an abrupt end in Carolina. They were also vital to the team's success in 2015 which saw them go 15-1 and advance to Super Bowl 50. He guided Carolina to a Super Bowl four seasons ago, losing to the Denver Broncos, but the team has gone just 29-31 since and has not won a playoff game over that time.

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The Panthers have been middling in 2019, however, having lost four straight to fall to 5-7 and toward the bottom of the division.

Rivera ended his nine-year tenure in Carolina as the winningest coach in team history, with a 76-63-1 regular-season record and a 3-4 postseason mark. All three of those playoff wins came in the 2014 and 2015 National Football League seasons.

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Rivera's former star running back Jonathan Stewart called Rivera the best coach in Panthers history.

While the team is moving on from its long-time head coach, Hurney will be retaining the job that he has held since 2018. Rivera was dealt a tough hand in 2019 as quarterback Cam Newton went down after Week 2 and ultimately landed on injured reserve.

Defense had often been a staple for his Carolina teams, but this season, it has been one of the Panthers' many flaws, especially against the run.

Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper.

Carolina has already paid out the majority of Newton's bonus money so his contract shouldn't have any hurdles in it should they attempt to trade him. The reasons for this are pretty obvious - his Oklahoma teams have been one of the best, most balanced college offenses in recent memory in each of his three years in charge and he has done this with three different quarterbacks, all of whom had failed to play to the same standard with other programs previously.