Final stretch of 2019 season could decide Panthers’ Ron Rivera’s coaching job
The Carolina Panthers are entering Sunday’s game versus the New Orleans Saints with a 5-5 record. According to Ian Rapoport, the final stretch of games in the 2019 season could decide Ron Rivera’s coaching job.
From @NFLGameDay: #Panthers owner David Tepper will have a decision to make on coach Ron Rivera after the season, and how they play in the final stretch will go a long way to determining that. pic.twitter.com/TGxmMkXoOq
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 24, 2019
With the team’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 11, the Panthers appear to be on their way to another season that ends with them on the outside of the playoffs. It would be the third time in the past four years that Rivera and Carolina would miss the postseason.
Since becoming the head coach in 2011, the Panthers have had a combined record of 76-61-1 under Rivera. The franchise has also gone 3-4 in the playoffs and had a Super Bowl appearance in 2015 after going 15-1 in the regular season.
Of course, Carolina lost in the Super Bowl to the Denver Broncos by the score of 24-10. Ever since that loss, the Panthers haven’t been the same team and Cam Newton hasn’t been able to remain healthy.
Despite Newton being out with a foot injury, Carolina got off to an impressive 4-2 start with Kyle Allen under center. But recently, the Panthers have seemingly fallen out of the playoff race, losing three out of their past four games.
In two of those losses, the Panther lost by a combined 64 points to the Falcons and San Francisco 49ers. With the Panthers headed towards another disappointing season, owner David Tepper will consider making a coaching change after 2019.
The final six games for the Panthers include the Saints (twice), Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, and Falcons again. The results of those games could determine Rivera’s fate.