With four games remaining in the Carolina Panthers season, perhaps the biggest question facing the organization is whether coach Ron Rivera will return for a third season in 2013.
On Wednesday in a conference call with Atlanta media, Rivera was candid about the chances that he will not be back and admitted he does not know what will happen. After a 6-10 season last year, the Panthers were a trendy pick as a dark horse for a playoff spot in the NFC.
However, they have regressed and at 3-9 will have a difficult time equaling last seasons performance. Additionally, quarterback Cam Newton, last years offensive rookie of the year and the first overall pick in the NFL Draft, has not shown the strides many were expecting. Newton is on pace for fewer yards and touchdown passes this season (but also fewer interceptions) and his quarterback rating has improved only marginally, 85.8 to 84.5.
On Wednesday, Rivera was asked about the decision to play young players with the Panthers chances to ma...