The Panthers are about to offer coach Ron Rivera an extension, but there were a lot of people who weren’t sure he was going to make it through the year.
But first-year Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman emphatically denied a report from early in the year that said he was lining up potential replacements, after the Panthers got off to a 1-3 start (after twin 2-8 starts in each of Rivera’s first two years).
Asked by Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer the toughest part of his rookie year, Gettleman said that incident was it, calling the story totally inaccurate.
“When that story came out. The thing that [ticked] me off the most? When that story came out in Week 6 that we were [vetting future coaching candidates]. Man was I [ticked]. I was furious. Furious,” Gettleman said. “Not even remotely close. That was one of those things, I mean that really [ticked] me off. Because I don’t operate that way. Because what you’re doing is, someone reporting that is questioning my integrity. So they’re questioning my integrity and, you know, give Ron a chance.
“We live in such an instant-gratification society, it’s ridiculous. It is totally ridiculous. Nobody has any patience anymore. Everybody wants to be rewarded for getting up and breathing. It’s silly. That isn’t the way it is. . . . It wasn’t right. And it wasn’t fair. And you’ll find out in time, a lot of me is about being fair.”
Gettleman has taken a patient approach to his new job. He’s retained all the existing coaches and personnel staff, and their 12-4 record indicates that might not have been a mistake.