Rivera gaining momentum as Panthers candidate
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When the Carolina Panthers hired John Fox to be their head coach in 2002, he was the only candidate in the process to be granted a second interview.
Thatís an interesting nugget provided by Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer with the Panthers pursuing San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera for a second interview.
Rivera is one of four candidates to have been interviewed for the job along with Perry Fewell, Greg Manusky and Rob Ryan. General manager Marty Hurney and team president Danny Morrison conducted the initial interviews on the road, and owner Jerry Richardson said finalists will be brought into Carolina for him to meet them. Whether or not there is another candidate who has a second interview is not yet known.
The 48-year-old Rivera has led one of the best defenses in the league with the Chargers. Heís got a wealth of experience, too, running a 3-4 defense in San Diego while also having a full grasp on the principles taught by Jim Johnson in Philadelphia and the Tampa Two defense used by the Chicago Bears.
The Panthers are the ninth team to consider Rivera for a head-coaching position.
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Ron Rivera deserves to be considered for the job. He was a great defensive coordinator for us, and is possibly the most flexible defense guru in the league.
Thats a very good hire, in my opinion. He'll do very good things for that defense. I just hope for Carolina's sake that the rumors of Rivera hiring Ron Turner as OC are not true.
To think that the announcers and analysts in the media used to be supporters of Ron Turner.
Yeah, really. I don't know how he wasn't fired after 2007.
Originally Posted by Dagan81
He totally went away from the run when Jay Cutler got to Chicago, and since we didn't have a good offensive line then either, he was forced to make throws that typically were not advisable. What a difference a year makes with Mike Martz and Mike Tice working the meat and potatoes of the offense!
Originally Posted by TankWilliams
I thought he already had the job!
Anyway, if he gets it, everyone can start looking forward to his homecoming when the Panthers come to Chicago
Where by another Bears ass-whooping will commence at Soldier Field.
Originally Posted by The Benjamin