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Ron Rivera is the NFL’s coach of the year

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After leading the Panthers to a 12-4 record and a division title, Ron Rivera has been named the NFL’s coach of the year.

The award, chosen by a vote of media members selected by the Associated Press, was announced at the NFL Honors event on Saturday evening in New York City.

“It’s a heck of an honor for our team. This is for our coaches, players, Mr. Richardson, our fans and our entire organization,” Rivera said.

Rivera became known as “Riverboat Ron” as he began to take more chances with his game management, and it paid off in a major way for the Panthers, who had an outstanding season. Perhaps more importantly, Rivera has fully implemented his system of defense, and the Panthers are now one of the best defensive teams in the NFL.

Several coaches were good candidates for the award this season, including Seattle’s Pete Carroll, Denver’s John Fox, New England’s Bill Belichick, Kansas City’s Andy Reid, Philadelphia’s Chip Kelly and San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh. But Rivera was the choice of the voters, and is the NFL’s coach of the year.

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39 Responses to “Ron Rivera is the NFL’s coach of the year”
  1. citizenstrange says: Feb 1, 2014 7:47 PM

    What? No love for Honest Mike “Twelfth Man” Tomlin?

  2. nfl4days says: Feb 1, 2014 7:49 PM

    Its funny how things work out sometimes. less than 5 months ago this guy’s seat was so hot you could fry bacon on it. Now he’s coach of the year. Congrats!

  3. fazsha says: Feb 1, 2014 7:50 PM

    Good for Ron! Well done.

  4. mt10425 says: Feb 1, 2014 7:51 PM

    Fox? Peyton, maybe.

  5. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Feb 1, 2014 7:53 PM

    Other than Tomlin this is the one we would pick. Reid comes in third.

  6. pftisfulloftrolls says: Feb 1, 2014 7:55 PM

    The League’s Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Feb 1, 2014 7:53 PM

    Other than Tomlin this is the one we would pick. Reid comes in third.
    ——————————————————

    Tomlin did nothing to earn a coach of the year spot.

  7. swakman says: Feb 1, 2014 7:57 PM

    wow!! who’s making these pick’s anyway

  8. qdog112 says: Feb 1, 2014 7:58 PM

    Good choice.

  9. ketch20too says: Feb 1, 2014 8:07 PM

    Hate them completely.but that guy up NE did more with less all year. Even Arians in Az would have been better

  10. anonymous135 says: Feb 1, 2014 8:08 PM

    Well deserved… worth noting his latino heritage, imagine first for the Hispanic hall of fame..

  11. alskdh says: Feb 1, 2014 8:10 PM

    Belichick belichick belichick

  12. blacknole08 says: Feb 1, 2014 8:13 PM

    He deserved it. And so did Keuchly as DPOTY.

    This Panthers fan is proud.

  13. eaglesw00t says: Feb 1, 2014 8:14 PM

    Should have been Belicheck, Reid, or Kelly. All 3 did just as much with a lot less talent

  14. chawk12thman says: Feb 1, 2014 8:15 PM

    Congrats……..deserved.

  15. thevikesarebest says: Feb 1, 2014 8:18 PM

    Mike zimmer will win it next year.EASILY.

  16. drs76109 says: Feb 1, 2014 8:22 PM

    Reid or Kelly was clearly the choice. Can’t see this at all.

  17. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Feb 1, 2014 8:25 PM

    pftisfulloftrolls says: Feb 1, 2014 7:55 PM

    Tomlin did nothing to earn a coach of the year spot.
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    Except return an 0-4 team into a playoff contender. Without the league’s disruption, the Steeler would be in the playoffs and would likely be in the Super Bowl.

  18. kcflake says: Feb 1, 2014 8:39 PM

    Andy reid should have won this award. What a joke.

  19. braceyourselffor12 says: Feb 1, 2014 8:47 PM

    Good for him. He coached this team to the playoffs and has the experience and personnel to take them to the next level. His calm and collected demeanor reflects his admirable character. Essentially he’s the exact opposite of Pete Carroll.

  20. jersey73 says: Feb 1, 2014 8:52 PM

    Solid choice…Reid would’ve been too.

  21. datdude84 says: Feb 1, 2014 9:12 PM

    Ron rivera did a very good job this year. But Bill B did one of the best jobs I’ve ever seen him do with the amount of injuries amongst other things that went down. He deserved more than rivera who did a good job but got comoletely outcoached in the playoffs and won zero games. Bill b made it to the afccg with one of the weakest teams in many years. And I hate the pats..

  22. coachjohnharbaugh says: Feb 1, 2014 9:34 PM

    only in carolina can you win 0 playoff games & be COY

    #lowexpectations

  23. jbaxt says: Feb 1, 2014 9:55 PM

    I thought it should be Reid for going from worst to playoffs.

  24. tedmurph says: Feb 1, 2014 10:02 PM

    Rivera just took a talented roster, and did what he should have done(and was picked by many to do) last year and failed. Should have been Reid or Belichick.

  25. coltsreign says: Feb 1, 2014 10:20 PM

    This is a publicity stunt.
    Hes mexican. Im mexican and i know it.
    That being said he did win the divisio . Over the saints and stood up well to seattle and san fran.
    Congrats ron.

  26. doctorart2013 says: Feb 1, 2014 10:31 PM

    WOW, Those voters out and out ripped off Chip Kelly off, no way he should have lost out…Ripped Off!!!!!!

  27. fieryprophet says: Feb 1, 2014 10:35 PM

    @coltsreign

    Rivera is Puerto Rican, not Mexican.

  28. backdapack4evr says: Feb 1, 2014 11:00 PM

    It’s not fair the Vikings never get coach of the year!!

  29. projectshadow316 says: Feb 1, 2014 11:26 PM

    Belichick should’ve won. With all the injuries to key players, the Patriots got to the AFC Championship. I call shenanigans.

  30. trapshoot says: Feb 1, 2014 11:32 PM

    Should have been Andy Reid.

  31. 4thqtrsaint says: Feb 2, 2014 12:50 AM

    My vote was Chud. Too soon?

  32. eaglefan94 says: Feb 2, 2014 12:51 AM

    I can’t remember a year with more genuine candidates for coach of the year. Rivera, Kelly, Reid, Belichick or even Arians again would have all been good choices.

  33. tominma says: Feb 2, 2014 6:19 AM

    Belicheck!! Belichick!! Belichick!!

  34. vinceofdarkness says: Feb 2, 2014 8:57 AM

    Puhleeese, Chip Kelly, Andy Reid, and Belichek all deserve it more than this stiff!!!

  35. belleby123 says: Feb 2, 2014 9:20 AM

    Yay! Another ex-Bear makes good.

  36. rvillebluehen says: Feb 2, 2014 9:59 AM

    Chip Kelly over all including Reid. He took Reids 4 -12 team and won the NFC East.

  37. slammincamnewton says: Feb 3, 2014 2:46 AM

    Seriously could patsies fans whine any more? Belicheck had less? Last I checked he had Brady.

  38. jgedgar70 says: Feb 3, 2014 8:57 AM

    This was the proper pick. All those calling for BB because he overcame all the injuries, so did Rivera. Most of the year, our offensive line contained a starter that has been cut 3 times, one that has been cut twice, and one that was playing DEFENSE as recently as 2012. And has everyone forgotten that every week during the Panthers 10-1 run to close the season, all the talking heads said, “this is the week Carolina’s hot streak ends, because the secondary has no talent and is going to be exposed.” That’s because the secondary was also decimated by injuries. The 3-headed RB monster was totally healthy for maybe 3 games.

    So Carolina overcame as many key injuries as everyone else. Rivera also showed growth in game management, and he produced results. An excellent choice as coach of the year.

  39. lukekuechlyrocks59 says: Feb 3, 2014 9:36 AM

    I love and respect Riverboat Ron, and so do his players.he is a modest and humble man that does his job well.
    I’ve been a die hard Viking fan (go ahead, laugh and freakin’ sue me) all of my life, BUT, I live in North Carolina, and LOVE the Panthers too.
    Mike Tomlin?? R U freakin’ kidding me? Andy Reid? Nope, KC didn’t play any TRUE comp 80% of the season. Belichick? Don’t make me puke, man…Belichick should NEVER win ANYTHING EVER AGAIN…EVER! Pete Carroll? Nope. Seattle was EXPECTED to go where they went. John Fox? Nope. Denver went where they were EXPECTED to go. Carolina’s great looking comeback season from a dismal year ago was a thing of beauty…especially when you get to watch guys like Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, Greg Hardy, and Cam Newton play, and get on a hot streak like they did in 2013. To start out 1-3, and then go 10-1 to finish out at 12-4 and beat out the Saints for the NFC crown? C’mon. Ron Rivera was THE RIGHT choice, and as has already been posted in this thread, Mike Zimmer will be the 2014 recipient of the award.

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