Dec 30, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera paces the sidelines against the New Orleans Saints during second quarter of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Ron Rivera:Playoffs or Pack-up?

The biggest question at the end of last season for the Carolina Panthers was whether Ron Rivera would stay or go. With the Panthers sitting on the abyss of a fourth year straightwithout playoffs, the third under Rivera, it is needless to say the outlook is bleak, to say the least, for our head coach.

No fan is questioning the talent of the Carolina Panthers this year. Consistent free agent pickups and a solid draft class have left the Panthers with plenty of talent and one more year of leadership for our veteran players. By all means the Panthers should be able to hoist a Lombardi trophy.


The simple fact is Cam Newton has the ability to become an elite QB, and the triple threat of Smith, LaFell and Olsen is backed up by the satcked running game of Stewart, Williams, Tolbert, and now Barner. On the defensive side of the ball, the draft pickups solved the depth problem for the linebacking core, and several free agent moves to grab CB gave the Panthers the pass defense they need to keep opposing points off the board.

These moves by the new GM have given Rivera all the talent he needs to go deep into the playoffs. The only question left to answer is whether he can make the coaching moves needed to lead this team to the promised land, starting with the playbook and calming down the up and coming QB.

Every Carolina Panthers fan wants to see Rivera succeed. Steve Smith, Beason, and Gross all deserve to leave this league with a ring on their finger, as Panthers. Something is brewing in Carolina. All the players stood around their head coach and earned him his third year. Now it is time for the fans to see what the players have seen, a coach that can obviously lead that well behind the scenes should be able to show it on the field. If that happens, the Lombardi will be in Carolina for many years to come and Rivera will have no problem getting a contract extension.

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  • ahrcshaw

    You pretty well said it all, at least from a writers stand point. One thing I think everyone has forgotten is the fact that Rivera did not have an opportunity to really coach this team in 2011 because of the lock out. The team was thrown together as well as the coaching staff. In 2012 it was a different story, except for the fact that Rivera goofed and allow Chud to destroy the offense in the 1st 6 games before collaring him, but by that time it was too late. I think that is why Mr R keep Rivera on as head coach. This year will be a test for Mr Guttleman and Rivera, but I do not think a playoff spot is necessary for Rivera to stay on. (1) it depends on Rivera and Mr G get along, and (2) It depends on how Cam and some of the team fell about the teams direction after this season, because in reality Rivera will have had 2 and 1/2 years and Mr G & Mr R will take that into consideration.