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January 11, 2011

Rivera promises "aggressive" style


    New Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera stood at a podium and talked about teaching, and his teachers.

    As the fourth coach of the Carolina Panthers at a pivotal moment in the franchise’s history, he’s going to have plenty of chance for instruction.    

    Rivera was introduced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon and talked about his goals for the first team he’s in charge of, and promised an “attacking” style. 

    “I’d like it to be an aggressive, physical football team,” the former Chicago Bears linebacker promised.    

    During a 30-minute press conference, Rivera referenced mentors such as Chicago coaches Mike Ditka, Buddy Ryan and Dave McGinnis, along with former Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson. 

    He talked about sharing their forward styles in terms of defense (emphasizing the Panthers were a 4-3 team), as well as offense. He said he’s going to work with general manager Marty Hurney on putting together a staff quickly, but emphasized that finding balance on offense was going to be central to his challenge.

    Rivera, who played nine years in the NFL and has 14 years experience as an assistant coach, understood the hurdles he has with a team that began 2010 as the league’s youngest.

    He referred to quarterback Jimmy Clausen being the starter at the moment, but also said they wanted to bring in someone to compete for that job, stressing the role of his offensive coordinator and quarterback coach in that process.

    “You assume that right now,” he replied when asked if Clausen was his quarterback. “Until you get that guy to come in and compete.:”

    The 49-year-old Rivera had interviewed for nine other head coaching jobs previously, but this is his first time in charge.    

    Team president Danny Morrison said that during their “whirlwind” recruiting process, Rivera stood out for his energy and enthusiasm.

    “He was so well prepared,” Morrison said. “We just felt his fit was great.” 

-- Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on January 11, 2011 at 05:48 PM | Permalink


Welcome aboard Coach! Now get to work...

Posted by: Pisgah90 | Jan 11, 2011 5:52:14 PM

Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson eh?? Come on man...

Posted by: Zach | Jan 11, 2011 6:01:52 PM

At least he didn't say, "It is what it", and "the other team practices too"

I also liked that he said he would get in a players face if needed.

Posted by: Kenny | Jan 11, 2011 6:15:12 PM

Does anyone know where I can see the news conference?

Posted by: tbhartsell | Jan 11, 2011 6:23:22 PM

Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson eh?? Come on man...

i thought he was talking about the race car driver.....no wait it's jimmy dean...no..there is alot of jimmy johnsons in the phonebook pick one

Posted by: sausage | Jan 11, 2011 6:35:28 PM

I haven't been this excited since the Panthers fired George Seifert. Ron Rivera will make the Panthers respectable year in and year out and eventually give them two winners in a row.

Posted by: Al | Jan 11, 2011 6:40:19 PM

Hurney still the GM? doesn't matter who the coach is.

Posted by: Cheven | Jan 11, 2011 6:46:04 PM

Looking forward to seeing total aggression.

Posted by: Sean | Jan 11, 2011 6:51:13 PM

Now Mr Richardson please get us a QB, maybe some kind of trade for Kevin Kolb would be nice.

Posted by: NC Tarheel | Jan 11, 2011 6:53:45 PM

We dont know what he will do but he sounds good and bringing energy to this team/fanbase will be a great change - we havent had that since our playoff debacle in 2008 at home.

Welcome Coach and GO PANTHERS

Posted by: manu4t | Jan 11, 2011 6:54:29 PM

Shucks, I really wanted that job!

Posted by: BCowher | Jan 11, 2011 7:29:00 PM

OK coach, I'm ready to be aggressive. Watch how forcefully I can throw out of bounds. Uh Oh, watch out, or sorry, I thought you were going to sack me. LOOK OUT! Sorry! Hey Beason sorry I messed up! Shut up
Steve, go play flag football!

Posted by: J Clausen | Jan 11, 2011 7:35:05 PM

Hey Ron, here's my playbook! It's only 4 lines
Run, Run, Pass, Punt, but it is what it is!

Know where I can buy gum in Denver?

Posted by: JFox | Jan 11, 2011 7:39:02 PM

Looking forward for the new team and season. Excited. ready for the draft. Yes!

Posted by: paul | Jan 11, 2011 8:42:41 PM

This is a great day for Panthers Football

Posted by: Revshawn | Jan 11, 2011 8:52:04 PM

He means Jim Johnson, former Eagles DC

Posted by: gayntt | Jan 11, 2011 8:52:17 PM

Great hire! I think if we shore up the D-tackle situation, and work out a trade for Kyle Orton, this franchise could be right back on the rise again. Kolb is going to command 2 first round picks. If he doesn't work out that could put the Panthers in the Lion's or Bengal's type of situation of YEARS of losing. Last year was rough. There were some questionable personnel moves, and knowing your coach has one foot out the door allows for terrible results. If we all had the powers of hindsight we wouldn't have included this years 2nd round pick of AE, but what is done is done. Good luck Ron! As a real Panther fan who doesn't stop supporting the team when we hit a little adversity, I'll be there on Sunday's rooting you and the rest of the guys on!

Posted by: T-bone | Jan 11, 2011 8:55:58 PM

C'mon Darin. You should know it was Jim Johnson, the late Eagles dc, not hairspray Jimmy. My heart says this is a good hire, but I'm even more interested who the OC will be.

Posted by: ImRonToo | Jan 11, 2011 9:46:18 PM

I am excited about Panther football again. Please God, let us get a decent QB in the offseason. Good luck Ron.

Posted by: Excited_about_Ron | Jan 11, 2011 10:22:50 PM

I don't get the Kolb love around here. In his career he has thrown more interceptions than TDs, avg less than 7 yards a throw, has a 77.8 QB rating and has lost 4 fumbles.

Why should we trade for this guy again?

Posted by: John | Jan 11, 2011 11:34:16 PM

yes E-Ron, not sure what the love fest about Kolb is. True he cannot be worse than Clausen but i would much rather have Orton or possibly V. Young. If niether comes here then might as well re-sign Matt Moore, but then again maybe he will give Armanti a crack (again: anything is an upgrade over clausen) and absolutely no way do u give up 2 1st rounders for kolb. He aint even that good based on potiential

Posted by: braff-fromda-burg | Jan 11, 2011 11:59:06 PM

Take it from a Charger fan. You got the best coach we had. The Charger fans wanted him as our head coach. Congradulations

Posted by: Ambitious | Jan 12, 2011 12:22:57 AM

hate to be so negative, but if hurney picked the guy, i expect nothing but mediocrity from him. i have completely lost faith in hurney and richardson and its just depressing. last season sucked the life out of me

Posted by: Joe | Jan 12, 2011 2:45:05 AM

To all who are asking for a trade to get Kevin Kolb, it isn't going to happen; not because the Panthers don't want him (I have no idea if they do), but because Philly would be crazy to let him go. He is a starting caliber qb, and with the way Vick puts himself in harm's way, they need a quality backup, because Vick probably isn't going to be able to play sixteen games (eighteen if the league gets what it wants).

Posted by: NCBigDog | Jan 12, 2011 10:15:01 AM

Doesn't it only make sense that the Panthers approach ANDREW LUCK and offer him the opportunity to pick an offensive coordinator who Andrew would like to work with in hopes that he will change his mind and go pro ???? Best case scenario Luck picks a coordinator and becomes a Panthers.....Worst case scenario Luck gratefully declines and heads back to get his degree

Posted by: Joseph3LC | Jan 12, 2011 10:49:06 AM

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