The NFL Honors are being handed out right now even though the actual event won’t air on television until later this evening. But no matter when it airs, the awards are starting to fly out to the best of the best from this past NFL season and one of those awards was the Coach of the Year award.
There were a slew of deserving candidates, including Pete Carroll and John Fox turning their teams into Super Bowl finalists. But there was only one guy in the NFL this year who truly turned things around and earned the award and that was Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera.
Rivera was named the 2013 Coach of the Year on Saturday night.
After starting the first few games of their season off in abysmal fashion, Riverboat Ron turned things around in a way we rarely see and went from being a guy who many considered a lock to be fired to the Coach of the Year. The Panthers started the season 1-3 and proceeded to finish the year with the No. 2 seed in the NFC and the league’s most outstanding head coach.