Sep 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers already looking for Ron Rivera's replacement?

The Carolina Panthers are already preparing for a coaching change this offseason, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Rivera is just 3 games into his third season as head coach of the Carolina Panthers. Through those first 35 games, Rivera has a record of 14-21, or .400 overall. The Panthers 1-2 start to the season isn’t too reflective of how they’ve played.

They lost to the Seattle Seahawks in a close 12-7 game. They dominated the New York Giants in a 38-0 win and lost by one point to the Buffalo Bills. A couple more plays and the Panthers could conceivably be at 3-0.

What coaches would be interested in a potential vacancy is unknown. It’d could be hard to lure a top-tier free agent coach, like Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden, to Carolina.

There are some things the Panthers can hang their hat on as well. They currently possess the third best rushing game in the NFL. Their run defense is ranked sixth, and their pass defense is ranked twelfth.

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  • Chris Floyd

    Are you sure we can’t get Cowher or Gruden because I heard Cowher moved to N.C and I heard talk of Gruden having interests. I knpow that.s all rumors but Cowher moving back to N.C when we were searching for a coach ( right after the firing of Fox was kind of coincidental…..I really believe if these coaches have any interest in coaching Carolina would be a great place because we already have ALL the pieces….And I know the way Gruden druels over Cam and Smith every Monday Night he knows w/ his leadership we can make it. Not to say Rivera doesn’t deserve his last chance but I just believe we are better off with Gruden an offensive minded coach….Man Gruden is a genius offensively and awesome w/ young QBs ….please Football Gods let us make the playoffs this year but still get Gruden next year….That would be AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!