The time for Panthers owner Jerry Richardson to make several critical decisions is drawing near.
With one week left in the season, Richardson will need to make a pair of decisions in the coming weeks that'll dramatically shape the future of the organization. Richardson must determine who'll be the team's next general manager and whether to keep coach Ron Rivera around for another season.
Richardson could not be reached for comment on Monday.
Rivera, who is 12-19 in two seasons as Panthers coach, said Monday he hasn't had any recent discussions with Richardson about his future.
He said he expects to meet with Richardson after the season, which ends Sunday against New Orleans.
''There have been no assurances'' from Richardson, Rivera said regarding his future with the team. ''Mr. Richardson has been steady just like he's always been.''
Right now Rivera said his focus is on preparing for the Saints on Sunday and finishing 7-9, which would be a one-game improvement over his first ...