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Ron Rivera to become fourth coach in Panthers’ history

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As widely expected, the Carolina Panthers plan to make Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera the fourth head coach in franchise history.

Adam Schefter of ESPN report that Rivera has agreed to take the job, and that the two sides are working on a formal agreement.  Barring a contractual snafu, Rivera will soon be officially named the successor to John Fox.

Fox, who joined the Panthers after working as the Giants’ defensive coordinator under Jim Fassel, spent nine years in Charlotte, winning 78 and losing 74 regular-season games.  He led the Panthers to as many playoff appearances (three) as sub-.500 seasons (also three).  The Panthers twice finished 8-8 under Fox, and it became clear after last year’s .500 finish that Fox had only one more year on the job.

Dom Capers led the Panthers from their debut in 1995 through 1998.  He was succeeded by George Seifert, whose tenure ended with a disastrous 1-15 record in 2001.

Rivera inched onto the “A” list after serving as defensive coordinator for the Bears, culminating in a Super Bowl appearance in 2006.  Rivera wasn’t hired elsewhere, and the Bears eventually opted not to bring him back.

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26 Responses to “Ron Rivera to become fourth coach in Panthers’ history”
  1. smalltownqb says: Jan 11, 2011 3:05 PM

    How long before we find out he is getting the smallest contract of any of the new HC hires?

  2. CKL says: Jan 11, 2011 3:11 PM

    For Carolina’s sake they’d better hope he knows a great OC and QB coach he can hire.

  3. randolph32 says: Jan 11, 2011 3:16 PM

    Good for Ron, couldn’t happen to a nicer guy and a hell of a coach….Charlotte is lucky to get him, imho.

  4. sdboltaction says: Jan 11, 2011 3:18 PM

    Great, thanks Panthers. Took the one good person SD had on their staff.

  5. 8man says: Jan 11, 2011 3:27 PM

    I think this will be a good hire for the Panthers. A bit of a loss for the Chargers though.

    Well that’s life in the big city. The other teams want your players and your coaches.

  6. lcubed8 says: Jan 11, 2011 3:29 PM

    Who would the Chargers likely hire to fill his shoes? Doesn’t seem like much is out there!

  7. gridassassin says: Jan 11, 2011 3:34 PM

    …and Rivera is the SIXTH person from the ’85 Super Bowl Chicago Bears organization to become an NFL Head Coach.

  8. mooney24 says: Jan 11, 2011 3:35 PM

    He goes from a situation where the general manager is a dictator who doesn’t know how to run a club to a situation where they have a clue, though really don’t want to spend much money on anyone.

    Good luck to him. Just take a gander at the talent level, just on the starting 11 for offense, between San Diego and Carolina. Good grief. That’s not even funny.

  9. ldmmartin says: Jan 11, 2011 3:38 PM

    I would be willing to bet that Rivera will get a very nice contract. Mr. Richarson demands excellence and is willing to pay those that perform. Carolina will be back in the playoffs
    within 2 years.

  10. dirksimmons says: Jan 11, 2011 3:38 PM

    “Rivera wasn’t hired elsewhere, and the Bears eventually opted not to bring him back.”

    Are you seriously that blind? The Bears opted not to bring back their defensive coordinator the year after we went to the Super Bowl with one of the best defenses in the league….? No, the truth of the matter is that Lovie Smith is a head case who always had it in mind to hire his friends once he got the power to name his assistants. After the Super Bowl appearance, he got it, and what do you know? The Bears “opt” not to bring Rivera back. Haha, fired is more like it. I’d take Rivera back in a heart beat. The Bears are on their 3rd DC since Rivera’s firing.

  11. panther74 says: Jan 11, 2011 3:38 PM

    KNOWING OUR OWNER…IT WONT BE LONG…IM SURE THE CONTRACT IS NOT AS GOOD AS HARBAUGH… BUT I HOPE COACH PULLS US OUT THE GUTTER!

  12. panther74 says: Jan 11, 2011 3:41 PM

    IT WOULD BE GREAT IF HE BROUGHT IN AN OFFENSIVE MIND LIKE A MIKE MARTZ OR SOMEONE OF THAT CALIBER…WE NEED TO SNATCH UP VINCE YOUNG AND NHAMDI ASMOUGH!

  13. FinFan68 says: Jan 11, 2011 3:47 PM

    Good move by the Panthers. They need a decent QB coach. Claussen has skills but needs good coaching.

  14. bigmikeyreturns says: Jan 11, 2011 3:50 PM

    I like it. I hope he can work with Hurney and hire a high-caliber staff. Now maybe Jerry Richardson can worry about avoiding a lockout; clock’s ticking, Jerry.

  15. catman72 says: Jan 11, 2011 4:14 PM

    Rumor is 11 million and 4 years.

    Congrats to coach Rivera!

  16. pookeye says: Jan 11, 2011 4:21 PM

    So does this guy count as being part of the rooney rule? I mean he is hispanic afterall right, you dont have to be black to get credit for the rooney rule right?

    what about asians coaches? that sort of thing….

  17. Celsior says: Jan 11, 2011 4:29 PM

    The entire Panther franchise needs a shot in the arm on offense, after having all these defensive minded HCs in its history. They might as well try to develop Jimmy Clausen further, and a proven successful QB guru is the answer. For Carolina’s sake, I hope it is NOT Marc Trestman, who is a proven NFL failure.

  18. rockinron2 says: Jan 11, 2011 4:37 PM

    Congrats to Chico. It took the Bears 3 years to recover on D from losing him.

  19. northernbeaches says: Jan 11, 2011 4:40 PM

    A good guy, a good defensive minded coach – but how will that help the panthers?

  20. randolph32 says: Jan 11, 2011 5:18 PM

    he can always hire ‘Pimp’, I mean Pep Hamilton, the ole Bears QB coach who no one ever listened to….another great Lovie hire…hopefully this Ted Williams guy will get a job soon so Lovie doesn’t want to hire him in the offseason!

  21. unclemax4 says: Jan 11, 2011 6:15 PM

    Pookeye..You’re an idiot.

  22. parkerfly says: Jan 11, 2011 6:33 PM

    Pookeye – yes, he is a minority and counts as a Rooney Rule candidate.

    Why does it matter if a team hires a defensive/offensive minded coach? All that really matters is that he brings in competent coaches on the offensive side of the ball. I never understood a team taking that approach. Hire the best guy and let him bring in guys to handle the side of the ball that isn’t his specialty.

  23. harpoo51 says: Jan 11, 2011 8:11 PM

    Congratulations Coach Rivera! Welcome to the NFC South…the toughest division in the NFL.

  24. onebucfan says: Jan 11, 2011 8:40 PM

    Hey Ron…welcome to the NFC South…get ready for the beatdown!!

  25. goldsteel says: Jan 11, 2011 10:04 PM

    This sounds like a good move for everyone involved Panthers and Ron Rivera. I hope he puts together a good staff of assistant coaches. Best of luck!

  26. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 12, 2011 12:30 PM

    Good move. Rivera’s got the makings of a great coach.

    He’s gonna need some actually talent on the field to be successful though.

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