Ron Rivera has been fired as Panthers head coach, crew proprietor David Tepper introduced Tuesday.
Secondary coach Perry Ferrell will function interim head coach for the remainder of the 2019 season, per the crew. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner might be particular assistant to the top coach, and his son Scott Turner will function offensive coordinator.
“I imagine that is the very best determination for the long-term success of our crew,” Tepper mentioned. “I’ve a substantial amount of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this group. I want him the very best. I’ll instantly start the seek for the subsequent head coach of the Carolina Panthers.”
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Rivera, who was in his ninth season because the Panthers’ coach, ends his tenure with a 76-63-1 regular-season document, not together with a Three-Four mark within the playoffs. He led Carolina to Tremendous Bowl 50 after the 2015 season and captured three NFC South titles, however he by no means managed consecutive seasons with a profitable document. He’s a two-time Coach of the 12 months winner.
This transfer will not be a shock given the circumstances. After Carolina suffered an upset loss to division-rival Atlanta a couple of weeks in the past, Tepper said publicly he wouldn’t settle for mediocrity as proprietor of the Panthers. Within the (virtually) two seasons since Tepper bought the crew, the Panthers beneath Rivera had gone 12-16.
Final week’s loss to Washington, which traveled to Carolina as a 10-point underdog, evidently was the final straw. The defeat dropped the Panthers to 5-7 this season and just about out of playoff competition.
The query now in Carolina: How a lot change will Tepper proceed carry to the franchise? Some have speculated whether or not Marty Hurney additionally might be let go, however the common supervisor is secure for now.
“We’re going to take a complete and thorough evaluate of our soccer operation to ensure we’re structured for long-term sustained success,” Tepper mentioned within the crew’s launch Tuesday. “Our imaginative and prescient is to seek out the right combination of old-school self-discipline and toughness with trendy and progressive processes. We are going to contemplate a variety of soccer executives to enhance our present soccer workers. One change that we’ll implement is hiring an assistant common supervisor and vp 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 crew and our followers.”
After which there’s the elephant within the room that’s Cam Newton’s future. Carolina’s 30-year-old franchise quarterback was positioned on injured reserve final month with a Lisfranc harm, and he’s getting into the ultimate yr of his contract on a non-guaranteed wage.
The Panthers’ new coach reportedly may have a say in whether or not the crew will transfer on from or preserve the QB in 2020.
If Carolina decides to maneuver on from Newton, which might save the crew $19 million in wage cap area, one possibility may very well be a commerce. Others like Sporting Information contributor Jeff Diamond imagine the crew is more likely to merely reduce him.
Newton and Rivera, in fact, arrived in Carolina collectively in 2011. With the Panthers’ Rivera period already completed, the Newton period may quickly comply with.