Ron Rivera didn’t know about Gettleman firing until Monday morning

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The firing of Chiefs G.M. John Dorsey, which came roughly an hour after the team announced an extension for coach Andy Reid, invited speculation that, at a minimum, Reid knew what was coming. In Carolina, coach Ron Rivera didn’t.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Rivera found out about the firing of G.M. Dave Gettleman on Monday morning, when owner Jerry Richardson told Rivera about the move.

And so Rivera, who some thought was in danger of being fired by Gettleman early in Gettleman’s time with the team, has outlived Gettleman. It’s unclear whether Rivera will emerge with more power; he has generated a regular-season record of 53-42-1 in six years on the job, and he was twice named the Associated Press coach of the year.

It’s hard to imagine Rivera being in any kind of jeopardy. Richardson hopes to emulate the Rooneys, whose Steelers have been a model of consistency and continuity for the last 50 years. Firing Gettleman represented a stunning break from that ideology. It would even more surprising for the next G.M. to make a change within the next few years, or for Richardson to let him.

7 responses to “Ron Rivera didn’t know about Gettleman firing until Monday morning

  1. I think a more apt comparison would be that he hopes to emulate Paul Brown, thinking he knows what’s best because he was on that field; he’s well on his way there.

    In fact, he has shown to be no less fickle an owner than Al Davis, with his numerous curious firings and foot-in-mouth statements.

  2. I’m sure Ron Rivera’s seat is secure, he’s done a lot with getting this team on the right track. When the dust settles it’ll be nice to hear what when down and why, but in the end, it doesn’t matter. Owners replace GM’s and it’s news for the day and then it’s gone.

  3. joetoronto says:
    Jul 17, 2017 3:32 PM
    Al Davis forgot more about football than Richardson ever learned, no comparison.

    Except Al Davis never actually played the game at an NFL level and Richardson did.

  4. The first thing Gettleman did was to alienate fans by firing the best Panther of all time. Ego issues, as much anything, got him fired.

    Dude has interpersonal relationship problems. Other than firing or prompting early retirement for starting veteran players, Gettleman, in a very Trumpian fashion, wanted to be the story, instead of protecting his MVP QB, he has left Cam naked, with no protection.

    He also left Cam without any play-makers. It was a terrible hire and we all know why a man 60+ years old, never made it to a GM job. I’m glad to see him go.

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