It was unclear if Ron Rivera would return as the Carolina
Panthers’ head coach for the 2013 season, but the team made it clear yesterday
that they will bring him back for a third year, as reported by Steve Reed of
The Associated Press.
Owner Jerry Richardson met with Ron Rivera this morning and told him he will be back.
— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) January 5, 2013
Rivera took over the Panthers in 2011 after the team
finished a disappointing 2-14 campaign in 2010. He managed to lead the club to
a 6-10 record while rookie quarterback Cam Newton showed immediate signs of
growth. Newton made the 6-10 total look all the better by breaking several NFL
However, Newton took a step back to begin the season and the
Panthers got off to a disappointing 3-9 start. Newton did improve toward the
end of the year, and Rivera managed to rally the team to win its final four
games of the season, likely saving his job in the process.
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