The road has come to an end in Carolina for Ron Rivera.
The Panthers have announced on Tuesday afternoon that they have fired their head coach following a 34-31 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 13. Rivera had been the head coach since 2011.
Secondary coach Perry Fewell has been named interim head coach in his place. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner is expected to transition to special assistant to the head coach, while quarterbacks coach Scott Turner will serve as the team’s new offensive coordinator.
A lot of changes happening for the last stretch of the season!
“I believe this is the best decision for the long-term success of our team,” owner David Tepper said in a news release. “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.”
“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. “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.”
Since 2011, Rivera guided the team to a 76-63-1 record during his nine seasons at the helm, highlighted by a 15-1 season in 2015 that culminated in a Super Bowl loss to the Denver Broncos. During his tenure however, the Panthers won three division titles.
After going 11-5 and making the playoffs in 2017, the Panthers missed the playoffs last season. It has been a struggle all this season, as they enter Week 14 with a record of 5-7, which led to the dismissal of Rivera.
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