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The Carolina Panthers Fired Head Coach Ron Rivera Following the Embarrassing Loss to the Washington Redskins

Introduction

On Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 just two days after the Carolina Panthers suffered an embarrassing loss to the Washington Redskins at home, they have decided to fire their head coach, Ron Rivera. This loss marks the third time during the 2019 – 2020 NFL season that the Carolina Panthers lost at home to a team with a losing record.

Rivera was the head coach of the Carolina Panthers for the last nine seasons in the National Football League. He is the most winningest head coach in the history of the Carolina Panthers franchise. He ended his time in Charlotte with a regular season record of 76 – 63 – 1 and a postseason record of 3 – 4.

He led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50 in which Carolina lost to the Denver Broncos with a final score of 24 – 10 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Rivera was named the NFL’s coach of the year two times during his tenure with the Carolina Panthers. Although he had some very successful NFL seasons in Charlotte, he has also been fairly inconsistent as their head coach. Since taking over in 2011 Rivera has only produced 3 winning seasons out of the nine years as the head coach of the Panthers.

Current Personnel Changes

The Carolina have not only fired their head coach, but they have moved around a bunch of personnel at least for the time being. Their coach of the defensive secondary, Perry Fewell, was selected to be named the interim head coach of the Panthers. The offensive coordinator Norv Turner was moved to special assistant to the head coach. Their quarterbacks coach Scott Turner will slide into the offensive coordinator position. All these NFL moves and transitions are effective immediately.

Rivera's Coaching Results

                  Simple Rating System      Playoffs         Challenges  
Year Age Tm Lg G W L T W-L% SRS OSRS DSRS G plyf W plyf L plyf W-L% Rank Num Won
2011 49 Carolina Panthers NFL 16 6 10 0 0.375 -1.3 2.6 -3.9         3 3 0
2012 50 Carolina Panthers NFL 16 7 9 0 0.438 0.8 -0.5 1.3         2 2 2
2013 51 Carolina Panthers NFL 16 12 4 0 0.75 9.2 0.6 8.6 1 0 1 0 1 7 1
2014 52 Carolina Panthers NFL 16 7 8 1 0.469 -3.1 -2.4 -0.7 2 1 1 0.5 1 7 3
2015 53 Carolina Panthers NFL 16 15 1 0 0.938 8.1 6 2.1 3 2 1 0.667 1 17 10
2016 54 Carolina Panthers NFL 16 6 10 0 0.375 -1 -0.2 -0.8         4 5 4
2017 55 Carolina Panthers NFL 16 11 5 0 0.688 4.3 1.7 2.7 1 0 1 0 2 6 3
2018 56 Carolina Panthers NFL 16 7 9 0 0.438 0.9 0.1 0.8         3 7 4
2019 57 Carolina Panthers NFL 12 5 7 0 0.417 -3 0.4 -3.5         2 4 1
9 yrs       140 76 63 1 0.546       7 3 4 0.429 2.1 58 28

Coaching Team's Ranks

        Overall       Offense     Rushing Off         Passing Off         Defense     Rushing Def         Passing Def        
Year Tm Role Tms WL% T/G Pts± Yds± Yds Pts GvA Att Yds TD Y/A FL Att Yds TD Int NY/A Yds Pts TkA Att Yds TD Y/A FR Att Yds TD Int nY/A
2004 CHI DC 32 26 23 28 32 32 32 27 19 25 19 26 32 24 32 32 14 32 21 13 16 27 25 8 16 13 17 15 17 15 16
2005 CHI DC 32 5 11 12 25 29 26 17 9 8 17 7 17 30 31 30 14 30 2 1 6 18 11 4 9 23 26 5 1 2 1
2006 CHI DC 32 2 4 2 10 15 2 28 5 15 11 23 21 17 14 8 27 14 5 3 1 5 6 2 11 1 31 11 9 2 1
2008 SDG DC 32 17 11 7 21 11 2 7 20 20 19 19 11 25 7 1 5 1 25 15 17 10 11 8 14 18 31 31 27 11 18
2009 SDG DC 32 2 6 5 12 10 4 2 19 31 11 32 3 23 5 5 4 1 16 11 19 12 20 7 24 15 17 11 18 20 13
2010 SDG DC 32 14 23 5 1 1 2 17 9 15 4 22 28 14 2 6 9 1 1 10 23 8 4 20 5 29 3 1 5 14 1
2011 CAR HC 32 23 13 20 11 7 5 11 14 3 1 1 5 23 13 13 21 10 28 27 17 21 25 29 25 14 6 24 25 20 32
2012 CAR HC 32 18 16 18 8 12 18 10 11 9 3 9 17 26 16 24 8 5 10 18 18 12 14 12 18 8 15 13 13 23 12
2013 CAR HC 32 3 6 4 12 26 18 4 7 11 13 16 2 30 29 15 13 20 2 2 6 1 2 1 12 15 17 6 3 5 5
2014 CAR HC 32 19 13 23 12 16 19 13 8 7 21 13 19 19 19 15 8 22 10 21 10 9 16 21 27 6 20 11 15 14 10
2015 CAR HC 32 1 1 1 5 11 1 8 1 2 1 10 15 27 24 3 8 9 6 6 1 3 4 17 7 2 32 11 7 1 2
2016 CAR HC 32 25 21 25 25 19 15 27 7 10 10 20 23 20 21 19 28 20 21 26 7 6 6 10 9 9 28 29 20 4 20
2017 CAR HC 32 5 16 12 14 19 12 14 3 4 7 10 7 27 28 18 25 19 7 11 16 2 3 3 11 7 15 18 22 24 17
2018 CAR HC 32 17 15 16 12 10 14 19 12 4 6 1 4 15 16 14 25 16 15 19 14 8 12 15 23 12 9 18 27 15 26
2019 CAR HC 32 18 18 23 21 21 13 27 19 12 2 2 26 7 21 23 21 29 22 26 6 15 29 32 32 15 20 14 6 3 8
15 yrs       63 62 61 57 53 65 55 69 66 73 59 55 35 45 56 55 55 63 60 66 70 64 64 53 64 43 58 58 67 65
9 yrs CAR HC   58 62 54 61 54 63 57 75 82 81 75 62 36 38 53 49 51 61 49 70 76 65 55 46 73 47 53 55 65 57
3 yrs CHI DC   69 64 59 33 24 41 28 69 53 54 45 30 29 23 30 46 24 74 85 79 51 59 89 66 65 26 71 75 83 84
3 yrs LAC DC   69 61 85 68 80 95 76 53 34 68 27 59 39 89 91 84 100 59 66 42 72 67 67 58 39 50 58 51 56 70

Media Statements

"I believe this is the best decision for the long-term success of our team," says Carolina Panthers owner, David Tepper. "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," Tepper explained. "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."

Sources:

“Ron Rivera out as Carolina Panthers coach after nine seasons”, David Newton, espn.com, December 3, 2019.

“Ron Rivera”, pro-football-reference.com, December 3, 2019.


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