It hasn’t been an easy run for the Carolina Panthers during Ron Rivera‘s tenure as head coach. Since the former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator took over for the team in 2011, the club has an overall record of 13-19.
2012 saw a one win increase for Carolina, however, this team is still light years away from winning the NFC South. If the Panthers hope to compete this season it will be on the back of Rivera who has yet to have a winning season at the helm. Rivera’s job was rumored to be up for grabs when the organization made a change at general manager this January. David Gettleman is now in charge of the Panthers front office and he has decided to keep Rivera, but it’s safe to say that the NFL head coach hot seat is heating up in Carolina.
I don’t think that Rivera deserves to be canned as the Panthers have excelled in the draft each of the last two seasons. Blessed with the number one pick in the 2011 draft, the club made an easy choice and selected Cam Newton. The No. 1 overall pick dazzled in his rookie campaign as he won the Offensive Rookie of the Year. In the 2012 NFL Draft the team decided to go on the defensive side of the ball with Luke Keuchly being the ninth overall pick–this MLB brought home a Defensive Rookie of the Year trophy this offseason.
Rivera has been blessed with quarterbacks on both sides of the football who are both looking to make a huge impact in the coming seasons. It’s safe to say that teams have won with less talent, so the Panthers are expecting a winning season from this team in 2013.
If Carolina gets off to a rough start this year don’t be surprised if Rivera is shown the door sooner than later.