Ron Rivera not planning on staff changes, as long as it’s his call

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Panthers coach Ron Rivera recently admitted his team needed to “evolve,” next season, after a disastrous drop-off from their run to the Super Bowl.

But that won’t include staff changes, at least ones that are Rivera’s decision.

The Panthers coach said he had no plans to make staff changes for next season.

“Remember, it’s the same group that was 15-1, same group that led the league in scoring,” Rivera said, via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review. “And in the last five years, we’ve had a top-10 defense. So as I look it and break things down, yeah, there’s some things that we have to work on and change. You guys heard me talk about evolving. We have to.”

Of course, Rivera has gone into offseasons before saying he didn’t anticipate staff changes, only for changes to come. After the 2014 season, his special teams coach Richard Rodgers was re-assigned three weeks after the season. And with much of the scrutiny on an offense that failed to meet expectations, it’s still worth keeping an eye on offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey.

Even though Rivera technically has final say over his coaching staff, General Manager Dave Gettleman and owner Jerry Richardson are always free to make suggestions.

11 responses to “Ron Rivera not planning on staff changes, as long as it’s his call

  1. If Rivera has another bad season in 2017, he will not have to worry about staff changes for the 2018 season because he will have been fired.

  2. Look forward to see Mr Icon say somethings over the next months which will show some of his frustration with the way things went this year and Rivera will be out by the end of next season.

    The Panthers got on a roll last season and everything worked out for them and got fortunate in some games to be 15-1. That’s what happens when every break goes your way, and this year, just assumed it was going to happen again.. They also had a poor division the last couple years, which isn’t the case this year with the Bucs and Falcons playing well.

    And 1 or 2 possessions/3 or 4 minutes more of game time in the divisional game and they would’ve had the biggest 31 point choke in NFL playoff history vs Seattle.

  3. .
    The Panthers recent record :

    2013 12-4
    2014 7-9
    2015 15-1
    2016 6-9*

    If they hold true to form, they’ll be unbeaten in 2017, but winless the following year.
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  4. This is a QB driven league. Last year the Panthers’ QB played so well he was the NFL MVP. They went 15-1. This year, with the same coaching staff, the Panthers were not very good and their QB was horrible most of the time. When Cam Newton plays well, this team is as good or better than anyone. When Newton plays bad, the team isn’t very good. It’s not just Cam Newton and the Panthers. The last time the New England Patriots were shut out was also the last game they played without Tom Brady, although it was the same coaching staff that looks great when Brady plays. Did people start calling for the firing of Belichick and the offensive coordinator? This isn’t nuclear science.

  5. The Carolina Paper Tigers need a real QB who is mature and has personal integrity. They don’t need a running back who thinks he can throw. This team will go nowhere with a guy who is a child in a man’s body. And the best he will ever be is already over.

  6. tonebones says:
    Dec 31, 2016 2:31 PM
    This is a QB driven league. Last year the Panthers’ QB played so well he was the NFL MVP. They went 15-1. This year, with the same coaching staff, the Panthers were not very good and their QB was horrible most of the time. When Cam Newton plays well, this team is as good or better than anyone. When Newton plays bad, the team isn’t very good. It’s not just Cam Newton and the Panthers. The last time the New England Patriots were shut out was also the last game they played without Tom Brady, although it was the same coaching staff that looks great when Brady plays. Did people start calling for the firing of Belichick and the offensive coordinator? This isn’t nuclear science.
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    But you forgot to mention Cam Newton was allowed by NFL referees to be lit up like a xmas tree from game 1 of the season. Who can forget the illegal hits on Cam’s head in the pocket. It was as if the NFL told the ref’s “don’t call anything.” Had that been “Brady” the ref’s would have called a different game, and anyone football fan knows it. How many 15 yard penalty calls did the Panthers not benefit from that impacted games? It’s a valid question to ask.

  7. skawh says:
    Dec 31, 2016 5:But you forgot to mention Cam Newton was allowed by NFL referees to be lit up like a xmas tree from game 1 of the season23 PM

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    I forgot to mention the NFL protects the QBs who are willing to protect themselves. They created a new rule, just for QBs. They are allowed to slide and not get hit. Cam decided he liked the old way better, where he’d go ahead and get those extra couple yards in exchange for getting hit. Cam should read the rule book. If Cam can’t read, maybe someone should read it for him. I might not be aware of all the new rule. Is there a new rule that doesn’t allow a QB to jump on his fumble in the super bowl? Probably the refs fault there too. I get it. Got Kleenex?

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