|Panthers push head coach Ron Rivera, coordinator Norv Turner out|
|Perry Fewell, Scott Turner take over|
|Published Tuesday, December 3, 2019 3:35 pm|
|Ron Rivera is out as Panthers head coach after nine seasons with the franchise. Defensive backs coach has been named interim coach.|
Ron Rivera and Norv Turner are out. Perry Fewell and Scott Turner are in as the Panthers’ top coaches.
The team and Rivera parted ways today, the team announced. Fewell, Carolina’s defensive backs coach, was elevated to interim head coach, making him the first African American to hold the position in franchise history. Norv Turner, the Panthers’ offensive coordinator, will move to special assistant to the head coach, and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner will replace his father as offensive coordinator. Carolina is 5-7 and has lost four straight games.
“I believe this is the best decision for the long-term success of our team,” Panthers owner David Tepper said in a statement. “I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community. I wish him the best. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers.”
Rivera, the fourth head coach in Panthers history, joined the franchise in 2011 and is the franchise’s winningest coach at 76-63-1 in the regular season record and 3-4 in the postseason. Over nine seasons, Rivera Carolina to a Super Bowl berth, an NFC title and three NFC South championships.
“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,” Tepper said. “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.”
The Panthers were expected to challenge New Orleans for the NFC South in 2019 but were derailed early when quarterback Cam Newton went down with a foot injury that sidelined him after two weeks. The offense has struggled in recent weeks behind backup quarterback Kyle Allen playing behind a shaky offensive line. Defensively, they’ve had issues stopping the run as well.
|Your headline and comments read like Norv Turner was also fired but you mention later that he was moved to a new position in the Panthers organization. This is a little confusing to the reader.|
|Posted on December 4, 2019|
|Rivera should have been gone long before now, live outside Dallas and a diehard panthers fan, an back when, jimmy Johnson would come on the field to pump his guys up, that creates motivation.|
|Posted on December 3, 2019|
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