The Carolina Panthers announced Saturday that coach Ron Rivera will return for a third season. Rivera's status was unclear after the Panthers finished 7-9 in 2012. However, Rivera saved his job after the team won six of its final 10 games. Rivera has two years left on his four-year contract. Rivera was on thin ice after the Panthers lost five of their first six games to start the season. Owner Jerry Richardson responded by firing general manager Marty Hurney and letting Rivera know that the team had to be "trending upward" for the remainder of the year. Carolina won it final four games. Rivera is 13-19 in two seasons as the Panthers coach. He may have to make changes to his staff.