Found June 17, 2012 on
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1. Ron Rivera
Can this be won by default? That's what happened here. Most people would lean toward Mike Smith. I wouldn't. I'll get into the reasons I'm not the biggest Mike Smith fan in his section. As for Rivera, he's a solid coach that players will get behind. Perhaps the most important thing in the NFL is having a coach that players trust and can rally behind. Look what happened in San Francisco in Year One. Yes, their roster is loaded but you can't have a turnaround that quickly without a head coach having a huge impact.
Rivera is a defensive mastermind, he's just missing the pieces. Drafting Luke Kuechly is a solid start, it gives them a tackling machine at MLB. While Kuechly won't make a ton of plays behind the line of scrimmage, he's a sound tackler in the middle of the field and the Panthers have needed that, especially with the Beason/Davis injury problems. If I were to place a bet on which coach in the NFC South sticks around the longe...
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