Team owner David Tepper wants to overhaul the team and modernize its operations. Rivera, meanwhile, will become the most sought-after coach on the market after his successful tenure in Carolina went stale.
Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper began to contemplate firing coach Ron Rivera a few weeks ago, after a home loss to a two-win Atlanta team followed by a meeting with reporters in which he said long-term mediocrity wouldn't be tolerated. On Tuesday, two days after a 29-21 home loss to a two-win Washington team extended Carolina's losing streak to four, he pulled the trigger.
"This has been really cool," Ron Rivera said Tuesday as news broke that he was out as head coach of the Carolina Panthers. After the firing of the two-time NFL Coach of the Year, secondary coach Perry Fewell was named interim head coach, the team said.