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Panthers interviewing Ron Rivera

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After the Chargers shut down the Colts and quarterback Peyton Manning earlier this year, we suggested that any team in the AFC South considering a new coach should consider Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.

As it turns out, a team in the NFC South will be giving him a look-see.

Per a league source, the Carolina Panthers will interview Rivera.

The Bears’ defensive coordinator during their Super Bowl season of 2006, Rivera had said that he won’t consider any opportunities until the Chargers’ season ends.  But that declaration came at a time when it appeared that the Chargers season would extend beyond Week 17.

So the bad news for the Chargers could be good news for Rivera, which may be even more bad news for the Chargers.

The Panthers recently announced that eight-year coach John Fox and his staff will not be returning in 2011.  Fox’s contract ran through the 2010 season.

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16 Responses to “Panthers interviewing Ron Rivera”
  1. carson9 says: Jan 2, 2011 7:18 PM

    The Chargers (despite all the talent) are on a downward spiral. They should’ve never hired Turner. They are losing large chunks of talent they racked up over the years, and aren’t replenishing it. Also their GM sucks. Phillips is having his 1st average season, and the weather in sunny SD is begining to look gloomy for quite some time.

  2. nflrulz says: Jan 2, 2011 7:23 PM

    Does Rivera count as a Rooney Rule interview?

  3. hueylewis says: Jan 2, 2011 7:29 PM

    The next defensive coordinator of the Chargers will be Wade Phillips.

  4. nflrulz says: Jan 2, 2011 7:43 PM

    Nah, Phillips goes to Houston

  5. 12thstreetcompanies says: Jan 2, 2011 8:04 PM

    To nflrulz:

    Yes, Rivera does count. I guess Art Shell is unavailable. Leslie Frazier is definitely unavailable.

    Richardson isn’t going to hire Rivera because he has come out and said he doesn’t want to spend money. Rivera isn’t going to be cheap.

    So in away Richardson is just doing his business his way. Let’s all remember this is the man who is beating the drum the loudest for a lockout. A former player trying to screw player.

    Abe Vigoda said it best in “The Godfather”, ‘Tell Mikey it was just business”

  6. dirksimmons says: Jan 2, 2011 8:07 PM

    I think he does count as a rooney rule candidate. But he’s sickly good, so he should coach somewhere next year. The Panthers would be lucky to have him.

  7. fjackie says: Jan 2, 2011 8:17 PM

    Hey 12thstreet: When did JR “come out and said he doesn’t want to spend money”?? You sure you got your facts correct? Do you have a link?

  8. thejsm2112 says: Jan 2, 2011 8:17 PM

    Please find me a quote of Jerry Richardson saying, “I will not pay money for a coach”. You say that because that’s what the national media has told you.

  9. dmcbones says: Jan 2, 2011 8:27 PM

    Someone hiring Rivera as head coach is almost a laughable as the idea that he is getting a “look-see” based on one game against the Colts. Didn’t anyone see the other 15 games. The Chargers didn’t make the playoffs and much of this had to do with how poorly the Dischargers played on defense. I don’t know what this guy did that is turning heads in the NFL. I was expecting him to get fired based on the fact that his team is declining.

  10. meattuperello says: Jan 2, 2011 9:16 PM

    The main reason the Chargers failed to make the playoffs is due to their moron GM J.A. Smith and his over inflated ego.

    He left two of the teams best players off the roster for the majority of the season to prove a point.

    The point that was proven is that they are watching the playoffs from home.

    More proof Archie and Eli Manning were 100% right on not wanting any part of that franchise. I still believe they would have done the same thing with any AFC team, but that’s just me.

  11. FinFan68 says: Jan 2, 2011 10:21 PM

    dmcbones says:
    Jan 2, 2011 8:27 PM
    Someone hiring Rivera as head coach is almost a laughable as the idea that he is getting a “look-see” based on one game against the Colts. Didn’t anyone see the other 15 games. The Chargers didn’t make the playoffs and much of this had to do with how poorly the Dischargers played on defense. I don’t know what this guy did that is turning heads in the NFL. I was expecting him to get fired based on the fact that his team is declining.
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    This is an example of a “fan” that has absolutely no clue yet assumes his/her opinion is fact. Here are the facts about Rivera’s defense this year #1 over all, #1 against the pass, # 4 against the run. Expecting a DC to get fired based on this production is as moronic a comment that has been posted on PFT

  12. ralphwilsonsucks says: Jan 2, 2011 10:40 PM

    Hey Jerry hired the ole ball coach. Just what your fan base needs.

  13. ronniemexico says: Jan 2, 2011 11:52 PM

    God Speed, Chico. Hope you get it and aren’t used as a pawn to satisfy a rule. You deserve a shot.

  14. borisbulldog says: Jan 2, 2011 11:54 PM

    What good is firing Fox w/o getting rid of Marty Hurney?

    It was Hurney that brought in the crap players!

  15. borisbulldog says: Jan 3, 2011 2:35 AM

    fjackie says:
    Jan 2, 2011 8:17 PM
    Hey 12thstreet: When did JR “come out and said he doesn’t want to spend money”?? You sure you got your facts correct? Do you have a link?

    thejsm2112 says:
    Jan 2, 2011 8:17 PM
    Please find me a quote of Jerry Richardson saying, “I will not pay money for a coach”. You say that because that’s what the national media has told you.

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    Typical Low IQ Plainther fans above!

    Why do you need a link? Richardson and Mike Brown are cheapest onwers in the NFL.

    All you need to see is the fact they both let their HC’s coach in ’10 w/o giving them and extension.

    Very few owners let a HC get to lame duck status and that speaks volumes of how tight Richardson (and Brown) is!

  16. shortsellers says: Jan 3, 2011 10:43 AM

    borisbulldog says:

    Very few owners let a HC get to lame duck status and that speaks volumes of how tight Richardson (and Brown) is!

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    It means that JR honors his contracts.

    I expect an established assistant coach to get the job as the HC of the Carolina Panthers. After the “George Seifert” experiment, JR is not going to go with a ex-HC ever again.

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