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Report: Panthers working on extension for Ron Rivera

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During a visit to Pro Football Talk on NBCSN from the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this week, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that he thought the team could get back to the Super Bowl.

It seems the Panthers are interested in expanding the number of chances that Rivera will have to prove himself right.

Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that the Panthers have started talks with Rivera about a contract extension. Rivera signed a three-year extension through 2017 with the team after the Panthers won the NFC South in the 2013 season and he’s led the team to two more division titles and an NFC title since signing that deal.

That extension bumped Rivera’s salary past $4 million per season and he’ll get another bump on that front if he and the team do come to an agreement. Rivera, who will bring back almost his entire staff from 2015, is 47-32-1 in five seasons with the Panthers and has led the team to victories in 19 of their last 20 regular season games.

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  1. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 26, 2016 11:18 AM

    They won’t make the playoffs next year, and when the bottom falls out at 6-10 in 2017 he’ll be gone. Don’t give him too much!

  2. intrafinesse says: Feb 26, 2016 11:40 AM

    Rivera taught Cam Newton and Like Kuechly how to be good players. They’d be busts without him.

    Just like the previous coach of the Texans taught JJ Watt how to be good, and the prior coach of the Lions taught Calvin Johnson.

    Or maybe …
    the GM did a good job drafting and signing players. Maybe the Panthers got to the Super Bowl because of the GM, not the head coach.

  3. yessams says: Feb 26, 2016 11:47 AM

    They have the talent, but the wild card for any team is injuries…

  4. tindeaux says: Feb 26, 2016 11:47 AM

    good luck coach!

  5. milehighcityboss says: Feb 26, 2016 12:05 PM

    I doubt it.. The Panthers definitely over achieved this year.

  6. lapantherfan86 says: Feb 26, 2016 12:06 PM

    Osiris is still very butthurt about his Hawks. There are plenty of Seattle threads that welcome your tears, bud.

    Anyone who thinks that a healthy Panthers team cant make it back to the Super Bowl in the next few years is dumb. Regardless of whether you like them or not, which, trust me, is completely irrelevant, they have a very good shot if they stay healthy.

  7. themage78 says: Feb 26, 2016 12:09 PM

    Don’t think they will have such an easy schedule this coming year. They feasted on some lousy teams last year. They has a lot of close games that they won. If they didn’t have home field advantage they’d probably would’ve been 1 and done in the playoffs.

  8. wallabear says: Feb 26, 2016 12:23 PM

    Season 1 with Rivera, Cam and Greg Olsen: 6-10.

    And just look at them now, heading into Season 6 (2016) together. Cam-rolina will be CONTENDING for years to come.

  9. thisonesforpat says: Feb 26, 2016 12:24 PM

    Sure. Sign him up! “Riverboat Ron, eh?” That worked out well in the Super Bowl.

    Eventually he’ll be the Steve DeBerg of head coaches.

  10. qdog112 says: Feb 26, 2016 12:25 PM

    Not a more deserving coach in the NFL. He is the epitome of a guy forced to check all the boxes on the way up the ranks.

    He was taken for granted and passed over for less deserving stiffs, but persevered. Congratulations coach!

    KEEP POUNDING!

  11. nfloracle says: Feb 26, 2016 12:28 PM

    I really like Rivera and his attitude. He’s improved tremendously as a head coach, and it’s obvious that he’s a man who puts what’s good for the team ahead of personal ego.

    IF injuries don’t plague the Panthers this coming season, I expect them to put up some very good numbers again this year… making a second consecutive SuperBowl, though… that’s one tough row to hoe. Maybe, maybe not… but definitely deep into the playoffs.

  12. babygaga19 says: Feb 26, 2016 12:31 PM

    Wasn’t he on the bubble a couple of years ago? See what happens when an owner exercises patience (rare). Ron is a good coach and a good man. Keep him.

  13. Chris says: Feb 26, 2016 12:35 PM

    More baseball bats please.

  14. braceyourselffor12 says: Feb 26, 2016 12:36 PM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Feb 26, 2016 11:18 AM

    They won’t make the playoffs next year, and when the bottom falls out at 6-10 in 2017 he’ll be gone. Don’t give him too much!

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    This isn’t an article about the Seahacks.

  15. TS Johnson says: Feb 26, 2016 12:48 PM

    They won’t make the playoffs next year…

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    They’ve made the playoffs 3 years in a row and they did so with not much going on offensively except Cam and Greg Olsen the last couple of years.

    In what world. Playing in the NFC South. Will they NOT make the playoffs?

  16. vikings1234 says: Feb 26, 2016 1:30 PM

    I think they will continue to be a force. Cam learned that you need to try to recover your fumbles in the 4th quarter of the Superbowl. If they execute next year as they did this year there is not reason not to think they have a chance to win it all.

  17. junkmtb says: Feb 26, 2016 2:36 PM

    No more deserving coach then Rivera!!!!! Panthers will definitely win the NFC South again next season and contend for the title!!!!!

  18. goodguyattorney says: Feb 26, 2016 2:47 PM

    themage78 says:
    Feb 26, 2016 12:09 PM

    Don’t think they will have such an easy schedule this coming year. They feasted on some lousy teams last year. They has a lot of close games that they won. If they didn’t have home field advantage they’d probably would’ve been 1 and done in the playoffs.
    =======================
    I’m tired of hearing this. They played the division champ’s schedule last year. They played the division champ’s schedule the year prior. They will play the division champ’s schedule next year. Who knows who will have a down year. The ‘Hawks, Packers, Eagles, Colts and Giants sure weren’t patsies when the schedule came out. And division games are always tough.

  19. mongo3401 says: Feb 26, 2016 3:00 PM

    Man deserves a big pay raise.

  20. boogerhut says: Feb 26, 2016 3:01 PM

    junkmtb says:
    Feb 26, 2016 2:36 PM
    No more deserving coach then Rivera!!!!! Panthers will definitely win the NFC South again next season and contend for the title!!!!!

    I can think of at least one more deserving. . Name Kubiak ring a bell? Everyone laughed when Elway dumped Fox. Turns out his reasoning was quite sound. Carolina would do good to follow suit. Get a coach that teaches his players that individual accolades and gold booties aren’t the prize. Just ask the World Champion Denver Broncos.

  21. morbidtaint says: Feb 27, 2016 4:59 AM

    boogerhut

    I can think of at least one more deserving. . Name Kubiak ring a bell? Everyone laughed when Elway dumped Fox. Turns out his reasoning was quite sound. Carolina would do good to follow suit. Get a coach that teaches his players that individual accolades and gold booties aren’t the prize. Just ask the World Champion Denver Broncos.

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    Ask them what they’re going to do without a quarterback moving forward.

  22. Let's Complain About Cam Newton says: Feb 29, 2016 12:10 PM

    Think any Broncos fans would trade Osweiler for Cam straight up?

    Nah, probably not.

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