The Carolina Panthers have become perennial losers over the last three seasons no one takes seriously anymore. Sad, considering the Panthers were once a proud franchise that took pride in being competitive and doing so the right way.
Though, failure to produce back-to-back winning seasons and a 1-5 record to start the 2012 season got long-time team general manager Marty Hurney fired Monday morning subsequent to an ugly loss at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys, 19-14.
A bold move made by Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who is not recognized for making such harsh decisions, especially only six games into a season. No, Richardson is a far cry from owners like Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for example, known more for his quiet demeanor and staying out of his coaching staff’s way.
Richardson’s decision to move forward without Hurney came as a surprise to many and probably none more so than Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, leaving plenty of fans wondering whether or not Rivera will be the next to receive his walking papers.
In a report from the Associated Press on Tuesday, Rivera made it clear that he is willing to do whatever it might take to save his own job, going as far as suggesting that no one, player or coach is safe.
The Panthers have ten games remaining; plenty of time to get some wins and perhaps start to form positive traction for the future.
However, it the same Associated Press report from Tuesday, Rivera referred to Carolina’s final ten games as “an evaluation process.”
He is absolutely correct.
If things don’t turn around in week eight when the Panthers go on the road to face the Chicago Bears, Rivera’s evaluation from Richardson might be already complete by the time the Panthers land back in Charlotte.
Robert Kester, Carolina Panthers Columnist. Contact @robertkester1.