Ron Rivera may or may not with the NFL Coach of the Year Award in 2013, but even if he does lose out to New England Patriots mastermind Bill Belichick the Carolina Panthers‘ head coach still has plenty to be excited about. Heck, the Panthers are fresh off a 11-5 season that the state of Carolina hadn’t seen since Jake Delhomme was calling the shots!
In three years of service for the Panthers, Rivera has a career record of 25-24 — including the team’s postseason loss to the San Francisco 49ers earlier this month. Rivera’s crew hasn’t been perfect, but it’s safe to say that his first three years as an NFL head coach have been a success and now it’s time for Carolina to show its appreciation.
Rivera’s current contract is up after the 2014 campaign, so you have to imagine Panthers owner Jerry Richardson will try his best to strike a deal. However, I wouldn’t expect a massive contract for the ex-Chicago Bears linebacker.
John Fox served nine years with the Panthers and was a highly-successful head coach. Even still, Richardson never did commit throw a long-term offer Fox’s way. Rivera hardly has the resume that Fox did during his time in Carolina, so let’s see what Richardson decides to do when it comes to the fate of the Panthers’ very popular head coach.