Rivera running out of time to get Panthers trending upward

Posted Dec. 03, 2012 @ 5:15 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has kept his team together during its disappointing 3-9 season, but Carolina is not moving in a direction that is likely to satisfy owner Jerry Richardson.

The chances of Rivera getting a chance to lead the Panthers for a third season seem as small as ever on the heels of Carolina’s loss to the Chiefs, who are tied for the league’s worst record (2-10). Rivera, who is signed through the 2014 season, has said he was told by Richardson at an October meeting following the firing of GM Marty Hurney that Richardson wanted to see the team trend upward.

Carolina is only 2-4 since then, though, and team observers in Charlotte say the fan base is looking forward to a change at head coach.

Amidst the doubts about his future with the Panthers, Rivera said at a press conference Monday that he remains committed to developing the team’s young players.

“People say, ‘Oh you’re just getting them ready for the next coach,’” Rivera said. “Well, I think I’m getting them ready for me. I could be wrong, but I’m not going to worry about that.”