Originally written on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 1/2/13
Hiring a general manager and making a decision on whether to keep head coach Ron Rivera are the two most pressing issues facing the Carolina Panthers, as the franchise shifts into offseason mode. But it cant go too far until the vacant GM position is filled and a decision gets made with Rivera. Once owner Jerry Richardson settles on who will run his team on and off the field, the organization must move quickly toward the 2013 season. The next GM will face several immediate questions, the first regarding Riveras future. Its possible Richardson may select a GM who shares his view of the second-year coach. The general belief: If interim GM Brandon Beane gets the job, Rivera is safe for another year. Rivera wants to return for a third season. In fairness, he had just one offseason to work with his team, as he was hired before the lockout-ridden 2011 offseason. His 13-19 overall record isnt impressive, but he arguably deseves another season with the club -- based on the state of the ...
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