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Ron Rivera | DT

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (53) / 1/7/1962
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 234

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Associated Press named Ron Rivera its 2013 Coach of the Year.
Rivera received 21.5 votes, beating out Chiefs coach Andy Reid (13.5) and the Patriots' Bill Belichick (7) for the award. After opening the year on a two-game losing streak, Rivera turned the Panthers' season around, leading them to a 12-4 record and first-round playoff bye. Carolina ranked second in total defense under Rivera, with Luke Kuechly and Greg Hardy both getting elected to the Pro Bowl. Rivera was also named the PFWA Coach of the Year in addition to his Associated Press honors. The Panthers rewarded him with a three-year contract extension following the season. Rivera will bring back his entire staff for 2014. Sat, Feb 1, 2014 07:01:00 PM

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Panthers signed coach Ron Rivers to a three-year contract extension through 2017.

It's been quite a turnaround for Rivera in just one calendar year. He entered the 2013 season on one of the hotter seats, got off to an 0-2 start, but turned things around and went 12-2 over the final 14 games to earn the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs. In his three seasons in Carolina, Rivera holds a 25-24 record, including this year's playoff loss. However, he's led the Panthers to wins in 17 of their last 22 regular-season games. Rivera earned the PFWA Coach of the Year honors in 2013. Carolina should be a force to be reckoned with again in 2014.
Tue, Jan 28, 2014 03:27:00 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports the Panthers have reached out to coach Ron Rivera regarding a contract extension.

He's come an awfully long way in one year. Morphing from one of the NFL's most conservative coaches into one of the most aggressive, Rivera turned the Panthers around in what was supposed to be a lame-duck 2013 season, engineering a 12-4 record and first-round playoff bye. Rivera was not handpicked by current Carolina GM Dave Gettleman, but winning speaks for itself. The Panthers went a combined 13-19 in Rivera's first two seasons on the job. Carolina opened 2013 on a two-game losing streak, at which point some observers called for Rivera's firing. They went 12-2 the rest of the way.
Sun, Jan 26, 2014 07:19:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Panthers have "begun laying the groundwork" for a head-coaching search in 2014.

Although Ron Rivera is expected to keep his job through the season -- and is coming off an impressive 38-0 win over the Giants -- he's unlikely to return as Carolina's head coach in 2014. Rivera was not handpicked by first-year GM Dave Gettleman, and the Panthers have already begun doing "background checks" on potential replacements. Rivera is essentially a lame duck in 2013, who'd probably need a legitimate miracle to last into next year.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 11:09:00 AM

A source tells the Charlotte Observer the Panthers will not fire Ron Rivera during the season.

The source is presumably GM Dave Gettleman or someone close to him. Rivera and Gettleman are in a somewhat awkward situation because Gettleman did not handpick his head coach. The source said Gettleman would not have fired Rivera regardless of Sunday's outcome, and the Panthers' 38-0 win over the Giants undoubtedly earned him some rope. Rivera's chances of returning to the Panthers in 2014 probably remain considerably less than 50:50.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 01:56:00 PM

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