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Report: Rivera safe through the end of season

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Ron Rivera’s emotions in the aftermath of the Panthers’ 38-0 win over the Giants were clear — he looked like a man pardoned.

But according to Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer, Rivera has nothing to worry about for the time being.

Citing a source, Sorensen reported that Rivera would not be replaced during the season, and that was true even before the game against the Giants.

While consistent with owner Jerry Richardson’s past (he let George Seifert lose 15 straight in 2001), it’s also curiously timed.

Rivera started his first two seasons 2-8, and now has a career record of 14-21. He has a 2-14 record in games decided by a touchdown or less. The Panthers now have a bye week and two road games before they play in Charlotte again.

By that time, it should be more clear whether Rivera and the Panthers are making real progress, or whether Sunday’s win was against a team with more problems than his own.

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8 Responses to “Report: Rivera safe through the end of season”
  1. wearethesteelers says: Sep 22, 2013 7:04 PM

    A new era may be dawning in New York.

  2. orivar says: Sep 22, 2013 7:09 PM

    I doubt a new era will be starting in New York unless Tom decides he want to leave/retire. He’s kept the Giants relevant in a division where the Eagles DOMINATED for a decade and brought two super bowls home. Redskins and Cowboys couldn’t even make the playoffs. As for the GM though, his time may be short.

    I’m not the owner though so just speculating. We will see.

  3. alcore1 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:25 PM

    Go Panthers! Woo!

  4. tinbender2000 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:26 PM

    Could the Giants become as pathetic as the Steelers? Whoa.

  5. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 22, 2013 9:35 PM

    Firing Rivera before the end of the season was a ridiculous notion. This team hasn’t quit on him.

    They barely lost to the Seahawks who may be the best team in the NFL then lost in the last second at Buffalo.

    If they were 2-1, none of this talk exist.

  6. jolink653 says: Sep 22, 2013 9:43 PM

    Kinda odd how this article was written after the Panthers manhandled a pretty good Giants team…Rivera has been putting a pretty solid team together

  7. raiderapologist says: Sep 22, 2013 10:01 PM

    Rivera? I thought it said Rivers. Sorry.

  8. drunkencat1 says: Sep 23, 2013 1:01 AM

    If Rivera will coach to win, he has a chance. The play calls today looked totally different from the first two weeks. If the coaching staff takes off shackles, this team has a chance to make the playoffs. Could be 2-1 at worse and maybe even 3-0 had Rivera and Shula had a pair.

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