Kyle Allen opens up about Panthers’ locker room reaction to Ron Rivera firing
The Washington Redskins have added quite a few players and coaches from the Carolina Panthers since they hired Ron Rivera earlier this offseason. Upon his arrival to Washington, Allen opened up about the locker room reaction to Rivera getting fired in Carolina this past season.
Allen, who started in 2019 due to Cam Newton getting injured, received an opportunity to start with the Panthers. After winning in his first four starts, Allen lost eight of his last nine starts in the 2019 season.
While Allen continued to falter, Rivera’s tenure with the Panthers came to a screeching halt in Week 13. Ironically enough, he was fired after a surprising loss to the Redskins. When Rivera was let go by Carolina, Allen said during his conference call on Tuesday that there ‘wasn’t a dry eye in the room.’
"There was not a dry eye in the room. Everybody had a ton of respect for him."
-Kyle Allen on the day Ron Rivera said goodbye to the Panthers
— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) March 31, 2020
Prior to being fired, Rivera had spent eight seasons with the Panthers as the team’s head coach. Also, while he was at the helm, Rivera became a father-like figure in the locker room. At the same time, he was an active member of the community in Carolina.
Nevertheless, with new ownership with the Panthers, they believed it was best to move on from Rivera. Now, Rivera is looking to right the ship in Washington.
On the other hand, Allen is reuniting with his former head coach and Scott Turner. Turner was Allen’s quarterback coach over the past two seasons with the Panthers. Whether he actually rebuilds the Redskins or not, it’s safe to say that Rivera is going to instill a new culture in the locker room next season.