As the NFL world moves closer to “Black Monday”, the day where head coaches are fired, a report this morning suggests that one head coach rumored to be on the hot seat, will indeed be safe. Jason Cole of Yahoo!Sports reports this morning that Ron Rivera will not be fired by the Carolina Panthers. Rivera has been rumored to possibly be fired for the last several weeks.
Cole reports via Twitter, “To answer another question from a Panthers reader, I’ve heard that Ron Rivera is safe.”
The Carolina Panthers started the season very slowly, posting a 1-6 overall record after seven weeks. The record was in part to defensive struggles and some poor play from quarterback Cam Newton. Newton has elevated his game in recent weeks and the Panthers have now won four of their last five games. The Carolina defense has improved as well, ranking 8th against the pass and 15th versus the run.
Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has been linked to rumors regarding the head coaching position with the Carolina Panthers. Kelly’s unique offensive coaching skills and Cam Newton’s elusiveness would have made an interesting combination.
According to Jason Cole, Rivera will return for his third season, hopefully to build upon the late season success of the Panthers this season in 2013 or else Rivera will find his seat very hot next year.