Ron Rivera fired by Carolina Panthers as owner David Tepper puts his stamp on NFL franchise
- Rivera took over in 2011 and took the Panthers to Super Bowl 50
- He is the winningest coach in franchise history, a 76-63-1 regular season record
- After buying the Panthers in May 2018, owner Tepper has given Rivera the boot
- The Panthers went 7-9 in 2018 and are 5-7 and third in the NFC South
Ron Rivera’s nine-year spell at the Carolina Panthers is over.
With four games remaining and the Panthers (5-7) third in the NFL South, owner David Tepper made the move following Sunday’s miserable defeat by the Washington Redskins, the team’s second loss in a row.
‘I believe this is the best decision for the long-term success of our team,’ Tepper said. ‘I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community. I wish him the best. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers.’
Ron Rivera has been fired by the Carolina Panthers after the team struggled this season
Secondary coach Perry Fewell has been named interim head coach. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner becomes special assistant to the head coach, and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner will serve as offensive coordinator.
Rivera, known as Riverboat Ron for his willingness to gamble, became the fourth head coach for the Panthers in 2011 and was the ninth-longest serving head coach in the NFL.
He is the winningest coach in franchise history with a 76-63-1 regular season record and a 3-4 postseason mark. In his nine seasons, Rivera took the Panthers to Super Bowl 50, where they lost to the Denver Broncos, an NFC Championship and three NFC South titles.
After missing out on the playoffs in his first year as owner, Tepper made the move after another underwhelming season.
The hedge fund manager and philanthropist added that franchise will hire an assistant general manager and vice president of football operations.
‘We are going to take a comprehensive and thorough review of our football operation to make sure we are structured for long-term sustained success,’ continued Tepper.
Rivera took Carolina to a Super Bowl, an NFC Championship and three NFC South titles
‘Our vision is to find the right mix of old-school discipline and toughness with modern and innovative processes. We will consider a wide range of football executives to complement our current football staff. One change that we will implement is hiring an assistant general manager and vice president of football operations. We all must recognize that this is the first step in a process, but we are committed to building and maintaining a championship culture for our team and our fans.’
No mention was made of current general manager Marty Hurney, whose days in Carolina could also be numbered if Tepper makes wholesale changes in an offseason which could also see the departure of franchise quarterback Cam Newton.
But for Rivera, there will be no shortage of interest in his services.
The 57-year-old will not be short of job offers in what looks to be another topsy-turvy offseason