Ron Rivera must think hes morphed into Bill Murray and is smack dab in the middle of the 1993 film Groundhog Day.
But instead of Andie McDowell and Chris Elliott, hes teaming with Cam Newton and the rest of the Carolina Panthers in a season that is eerily similar to what transpired last fall.
In Riveras first year at the helm in 2011, also Newtons rookie campaign, the Panthers earned records of 1-6 and 2-8 before winning four out of five to improve to 6-9. They lost the final game of the season at New Orleans to finish at 6-10.
In the second go-around for Rivera, his team began the season 1-6 and then 2-8 again and have now won three of their last four contests to improve to 5-9. Carolina hosts Oakland on Sunday in a game it should win, and improve to 6-9, before closing out the season at you guessed it New Orleans.
If Rivera wants to return next season, reality must shake the organizations foundation and swat away any other similarities a year ago. If you take Rivera at his o...