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Rivera: Panthers most successful coach ever

07 January, 2018, 10:09 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Carolina Panthers close to new deal for coach Ron Rivera, according to sources

The Carolina Panthers have signed head coach Ron Rivera to a two-year extension through 2020.

The Carolina Panthers only lost five games in the regular season after dropping twice that many a year ago.

The Panthers finished the 2017 regular season with the same record as the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South, and the teams will meet in an NFC Wild Card Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday.

Since Rivera took over for John Fox in 2011, the Panthers have gone 64-47-1 during the regular season, earning four playoff berths while going 3-3 in the postseason.

Carolina Panthers close to new deal for coach Ron Rivera, according to sources
Report: Panthers sign Ron Rivera to two-year extension worth $15.5 million

"I'm very excited about it because I really like where we are as a football team", said Rivera.

After Jerry Richardson announced his decision to sell the team, he named Tina Becker Chief Operating Officer to stabilize the business side of the organization. Both lost a Super Bowl but Rivera is in a rare position, getting the Panthers to the playoffs four times in five years.

For the Panthers' next owner, this contract is a great deal: If Carolina wins the Super Bowl this year, the new owner is buying the team knowing that his Super Bowl-winning coach is locked up for three more seasons. "That's a big reason why I want to continue my association with this organization". It's unclear if the new owners will keep the team in Charlotte.

Rivera was brought to Carolina for his defensive expertise, and the Panthers put together four consecutive top-10 finishes in yards allowed from 2012-15, joining Seattle as the only teams to do so. The Chicago Bears, for whom Rivera both played and coached, are among the teams searching.

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