The biggest story of the day in the NFL is the Carolina Panthers firing head coach Ron Rivera. The search for a new head coach will begin immediately, with secondary coach Perry Fewell serving as the team’s interim.
“I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community,” owner David Tepper said in a press release. “I wish him the best. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers.”
Norv Turner will be more involved, as he was named a special assistant to the head coach and Scott Turner will go from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator.
Rivera was the fourth head coach in Panthers history when he was hired in 2011. He went 76-63-1 in the regular season during his tenure with a 3-4 playoff record and appeared in one Super Bowl.
“We are going to take a comprehensive and thorough review of our football operation to make sure we are structured for long-term sustained success,” said Tepper. “Our vision is to find the right mix of old-school discipline and toughness with modern and innovative processes. We will consider a wide range of football executives to complement our current football staff. One change that we will implement is hiring an assistant general manager and vice president of football operations. We all must recognize that this is the first step in a process, but we are committed to building and maintaining a championship culture for our team and our fans.”
Tepper did an interview with Panthers.com to explain his decision to fans. In it, he explained the need for change in order to build things the way he wants to be built.
Rivera is one of the most respected defensive coaches in the NFL and will likely have another job in the league if he decides to continue coaching.