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Panthers’ Ron Rivera won’t accept ‘mediocrity’

Ron Rivera

The Carolina Panthers have begun to falter in recent weeks and the team’s owner, David Tepper, expressed that he won’t accept mediocrity. After asked about Tepper’s comments, Ron Rivera shared the same sentiment and is focused on winning games, per Alaina Getzenberg in the Charlotte Observer.

“That’s to be expected,” Rivera said of Tepper not accepting long-term mediocrity. “That’s what it’s about. This game is about winning, this game isn’t about anything else other than winning. This is my 33rd year, I get it. When I hear (Tepper) talk about it and say the things that he should say so that our fans understand that, hey, I don’t accept it either. And that’s something that everybody has to understand. We don’t accept it.”

To begin the season, the Panthers had gotten off to a 4-2 record after losing their first two games. Then, over the past month, Carolina has lost three of their last four games to fall to 5-5.

Most recently, the Panthers were blown out by the 2-7 Falcons, 29-3 in Week 11. At this point, it appears that the Panthers are heading towards another season that they perform well under their expectations.

Rivera is in his ninth season as the head coach of the Panthers in 2019. Over his entire tenure in Carolina, Rivera has led the team to three seasons of 11 or more wins—including a Super Bowl appearance in 2015.

But since then, the veteran head coach boasts a 29-29 record and has only made the playoffs once. In the event that Carolina misses the postseason, there could be seismic change on the Panthers’ coaching staff after 2019.