CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Ron Rivera period has come to an abrupt finish in Carolina.
The Panthers fired their all-time winningest head coach with the staff on a four-game dropping streak and headed to its third non-playoff season in 4 years.
“I consider that is the very best choice for the long-term success of our staff,” Panthers proprietor David Tepper mentioned in an announcement Tuesday. “I’ve a substantial amount of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this group.”
Secondary coach Perry Fewell was been named interim head coach.
Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will transition to particular assistant to the pinnacle coach, and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner will function offensive coordinator.
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Tepper mentioned he’ll start a seek for a brand new coach instantly.
Rivera was employed in 2011 and was 76-63-1 within the common season and a 3-Four postseason mark. In 9 seasons Rivera guided the staff to a Tremendous Bowl look, an NFC championship and three NFC South titles.
However the Panthers have fallen on exhausting instances these days following accidents to quarterback Cam Newton the previous two seasons.
The Panthers are 5-7 this season and are all however eradicated from playoff competition after a 29-21 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday at dwelling.
When requested if he was nervous about his future with the staff on Sunday after his staff surrendered a 14-Zero result in the Redskins, Rivera replied, “I’m not nervous about my future. I’m nervous about this soccer staff. We’ve a sport arising on Sunday” at Atlanta.
They began this season 5-3. Final yr the staff was 6-2 however misplaced seven straight video games and completed 7-9.
Since dropping to the Denver Broncos in Tremendous Bowl 50 4 seasons in the past, the Panthers are 29-31 and haven’t gained a playoff sport.
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Rivera, 57, didn’t instantly return cellphone calls looking for remark from The Related Press.
Rivera’s firing may not be the one change coming.
Tepper, who purchased the staff in 2018, mentioned long-term mediocrity just isn’t an possibility for the Panthers.
“We’re going to take a complete and thorough evaluate of our soccer operation to verify we’re structured for long-term sustained success,” Tepper mentioned. “Our imaginative and prescient is to seek out the right combination of old-school self-discipline and toughness with fashionable and modern processes. We are going to contemplate a variety of soccer executives to enhance our present soccer employees.”
Tepper mentioned the staff will rent an assistant normal supervisor and vice chairman of soccer operations.
“All of us should acknowledge that this is step one in a course of, however we’re dedicated to constructing and sustaining a championship tradition for our staff and our followers,” Tepper mentioned.
Rivera was extraordinarily well-liked within the Panthers locker room, and he simply associated to gamers having performed 9 seasons within the NFL for the Chicago Bears, successful a Tremendous Bowl with Jim McMahon, Walter Payton and others in 1985.
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Rivera is a two-time NFL Coach of the 12 months and certain gained’t have an issue touchdown a job subsequent season.
As for what the transfer means for Newton stays to be seen on condition that Tepper has proven he’s not afraid to make large modifications.
The legacies of Rivera and Newton have all the time been intertwined as each got here to the Panthers in 2011. Newton is coming off shoulder and foot accidents and the staff may save $19 million beneath the wage cap in the event that they launch or commerce him after the season.
Kyle Allen has crammed in for Newton this season at quarterback and is 5-5 as a starter.