Report: Panthers expected to keep Ron Rivera as head coach for 2019
In spite of a disappointing 2018 campaign that will end without a playoff appearance, the Carolina Panthers are expected to keep Ron Rivera as their head coach, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The Panthers currently own a record of 6-8. They started the season 6-2 and looked primed to contend in the NFC, but they have since lost six straight games and are now shutting down quarterback Cam Newton for the final two games of the year due to shoulder issues.
Rivera has been Carolina’s head coach since 2011 and has been on the hot seat multiple times.
His first two years with the Panthers didn’t go that well, as he won just six games during his first season and followed that up with a 7-9 performance in 2012.
Rivera finally broke through in 2013, leading Carolina to a 12-win season and an NFC South division title. but the Panthers ended up losing to the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Carolina then had another disappointing season in 2014, going just 7-8-1, and Rivera’s seat seemed hotter than ever. However, the Panthers decided to stick with Rivera, and the following year, he led the team to 15 wins and a Super Bowl appearance.
It has pretty much been an every-other-season sort of thing with Rivera, as Carolina went 6-10 the year after making it all the way to the Super Bowl and then rebounded by winning 11 games last season.
Still, due to his past success, the Panthers are deciding to stick with Rivera for now, but it is entirely possible that he is running out of chances.