Published On: Thu, Dec 27th, 2012

NFL Network’s Lombardi says the Panthers will fire head coach Ron Rivera

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By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer

The Carolina Panthers are expected to fire head coach Ron Rivera on “Black Monday.”

Ron Rivera

Rivera, according to NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi, will certainly be fired after the season. If so, the Panthers would be looking for a new head coach and GM this off-season after their GM was fired earlier this season.

While Lombardi hasn’t cited any sources in this statement, Rivera’s job status will be questioned by Panthers management after two years on the job. His team is currently 6-9 and is currently last in the NFC South.

With a loss, his team would finish 6-10. It would be the second straight 6-10 season under River, and a 12-19 overall record.

He currently has a .387 win percentage as Panthers head coach. The Panthers started the season with a 2-8 record, but have won four out of their last five games.

The Panthers have been in very game this season, except for two early games. In Week 3 and Week 10, they got blown out by the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos.

The Panthers are currently 17th in total offense and 8th in total defense this season.

With Rivera rumored to be fired, the Panthers have been linked to Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly. He has been linked to the Panthers and the Philadelphia Eagles for the past few months, as Kelly is expected to take a job in the NFL in the coming weeks.

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- Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher for The Capital Sports Report. He has covered local and national events, including numerous Heisman Trophy ceremonies, two Little League World Series, and the Army-Navy college football game.