Panthers fire Ron Rivera after 140 games

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Carolina Panthers have made a coaching change on Tuesday. The team has fired head football coach Ron Rivera.

He was the team’s leader for 140 games. He went 76=63-1 before his departure.

Former Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera speaks to the media following an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins
Ron Rivera speaks to the media following an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins (Photo by Associated Press Photo/Mike McCarn)

“I believe this is the best decision for the long-term success of our team,” Owner David Tepper said. “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.”

The team will now be led by Perry Fewell, who is the team’s interim head coach. Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner will no longer be involved in the play calling, as he will now serve as special assistant to the head coach.

Turner’s son, Scott, will serve as offensive coordinator. He was already on the staff as the quarterbacks coach, before this announcement came down.

Rivera only had three winning seasons in his nine years with the team. His first winning season came in 2013 when the team went 12-4.

Two seasons later, he had his second winning season, as the Panthers went 15-1 during the 2015 season. Also, two years later, the franchise won again under Rivera, as the franchise went 11-5.

In his three winning seasons, the team went 38-10. However, in those six losing seasons, the franchise went 38-53.

In 2015, the Panthers were defeated 24-10 by the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

“We are going to take a comprehensive and thorough review of our football operation to make sure we are structured for long-term sustained success,” continued Tepper. “Our vision is to find the right mix of old-school discipline and toughness with modern and innovative processes. We will consider a wide range of football executives to complement our current football staff. One change that we will implement is hiring an assistant general manager and vice president of football operations.

“We all must recognize that this is the first step in a process, but we are committed to building and maintaining a championship culture for our team and our fans.”

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