Ron Rivera, Panthers Agree to 2-Year Contract Extension

Jan 08, 2018, 02:18
Ron Rivera, Panthers Agree to 2-Year Contract Extension

For his efforts, the Panthers and Rivera recently agreed on a contract extension through the 2020 season.

Carolina is closing in on a contract extension for coach Ron Rivera, multiple sources say, one that will keep him in charge for the foreseeable future. The Panthers have been inconsistent during his tenure, with four losing seasons.

The Panthers play the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon in the final wild-card game of the weekend.

And Rivera has earned more time at the helm. "And I really appreciate the support we've gotten from our fans in the Carolinas".

Carolina are 64-47-1 under Rivera and progressed to Super Bowl 50 at the end of the 2015 season, when they lost to the Denver Broncos.

Locking up Rivera does provide some stability going forward for the Panthers, who owner Jerry Richardson said he will sell after being accused of workplace misconduct this season.

Former coach John Fox, who Rivera replaced, may be the winningest coach in franchise history with 78 total wins but his team's only made the playoffs three times.

Its defense finished third in the National Football League with 50 sacks during the regular season, and it is the only team in the National Football League to not allow an individual 100-yard rusher in any game this season. He has guided Carolina to a Super Bowl appearance, three NFC South titles and four playoff appearances. It's another reward for Rivera, whose team is back in the playoffs.

Previously, Rivera was an assistant coach with the San Diego Chargers from 2007-2010, the Chicago Bears from 2004-2006 and 1997-1998, and the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003.

If Carolina and coach Rivera hope to extend their season, nearly flawless play will be needed in all three phases of the game - offense, defense and special teams.

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