Coming into Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, there were a lot of suggestions that the heat under the seat of Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was warming up.
Facing an 0-3 start, Rivera and his Panthers mouth-punched the New York Giants, turning down the burner under Rivera’s seat.
But even had Rivera and the Panthers lost that game, he wouldn’t have been fired. In fact, no matter how poorly the Panthers do this season, Rivera will have a job as according to Tom Talks, the Panthers will not fire Rivera during the season:
A source says that even if Carolina had lost to the New York Giants Sunday, Ron Rivera would remain head coach.
The source said the victory against the Giants wasn’t a factor. He said no change would be made during the season.
Rivera, who has yet to post a winning season as the Panthers head coach is now 14-21 through parts of three seasons and hasn’t shown the progression ownership envisioned when they hired the highly coveted Rivera, who had built premier defenses in both Chicago and San Diego before being anointed as the Panthers head coach.