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January 09, 2011

Rivera to get second interview

    The Carolina Panthers coaching search has gained a bit of steam, as they're working to arrange a second interview with San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.

    They have asked to talk to him again, but no time has been set for the meeting. Owner Jerry Richardson said last week that finalists would be brought back to him after his two decision-makers canvassed the early candidates.

    General manager Marty Hurney and team president Danny Morrison have hit the road for the first four interviews, speaking with Browns DC Rob Ryan in Cleveland Wednesday, followed by a trip to New York to talk to Giants DC Perry Fewell Thursday, Friday's trip to San Diego to talk to Rivera and Saturday's jaunt up the coast to see San Francisco DC Greg Manusky.

    There were reports that Rivera's interview was Sunday, but no time has been established for him to interview here, according to sources familiar with his plans.

    Fewell interviewed with Denver Sunday, and former Panthers coach John Fox will meet with Broncos officials Monday.

-- Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on January 9, 2011 at 02:07 PM | Permalink


Rivera would be a solid choice, especially if he brings the Chargers' QB coach with him as OC. That would be a nice combo.

Posted by: gradyhog | Jan 9, 2011 2:37:56 PM

I'm moving to Denver and was hoping to adopt the local team as my AFC team. Here's to hoping they don't hire John Fox. It would be like a Virus that you can't shake. Cant' stand to live in a city where he would be on TV everyday again, droning away with his greatest hits like "It is was it is". Dear John Elway, please get your head out of your rear and cancel the Fox interview...NOW!

Posted by: PleaseGodNo | Jan 9, 2011 2:45:27 PM

Since we appear set on defensive-minded head coaches, there isn't a better candidate than Rivera. Hire him already so we can begin our offensive coordinator hunt!

Posted by: Rodger | Jan 9, 2011 2:45:36 PM

ok ron that would be a good choice i like that so we can run other defense so we can run the 3-4 at times and he know how an offense should be run so he will have an input on the oc

Posted by: JR | Jan 9, 2011 3:14:08 PM

Rivera as HC, and Ryan as DC would be interesting. If nothing else, we'll get more publicity with Rex Ryan poking fun at him from the Jets press conferences.

Really though, Rivera is the best qualified of the candidates, and since they arent throwing more names out there it seems inevitable he'll be our coach. Would be nice to see a little more agression from our defense every now n' then. I'd prefer the 4-3 defense base, and throw some 3-4, 3-3-5 looks out there and keep offenses guessing. Good luck whoever gets the job, and gooo Panthers!

Posted by: Pantherz1 | Jan 9, 2011 3:22:34 PM

I like Ron Rivera as a head coach, If we hire him, I think he will bring some fire to this team.

Posted by: madman | Jan 9, 2011 3:41:06 PM

After hearing that rambling press conference the other day I am suprised Jerry is not asking for Vince Lombardi.

Posted by: Hamilton | Jan 9, 2011 3:43:41 PM

No OC for the head coach. I love this team, but sometimes its hard to watch them because they are so boring. I think we should take some looks at some OC as a canidate for head coach.

Posted by: Sterling | Jan 9, 2011 3:46:02 PM

Well, if we hire Rivera.... lets hope he can convince Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates, & Vincent Jackson to join him and combine them with Double Trouble. That would be one helluva offense. One can on dream right?!

Posted by: tdubs74 | Jan 9, 2011 3:52:27 PM

I am in if he brings Philip Rivers with him.

Posted by: James Reed | Jan 9, 2011 3:57:32 PM

No matter who they hire it's gonna be questionable, solely based on who's doing the hiring.

Posted by: Brent | Jan 9, 2011 4:00:00 PM

Panthers should sign B. Cowher. With A. Luck staying in college, it would be a way to get the fans excited about the future. R Rivera could be a good HC. He does qualify for the Rooney rule, so Panthers can then sign him, B. Cowher or someone else.

Posted by: Eric | Jan 9, 2011 4:45:45 PM

There is a rumor that Charlotte Panthers ownership may have a fear of a black coach and black qb issue? Why isn't Cam Newton our man???

Posted by: charlotte undercover | Jan 9, 2011 4:57:10 PM

@ Eric... dude, the only thing bigger than Cowher's chin, is his legend.

The only people that really want him are Pittsburgh fans that live in the area.

Posted by: JQ | Jan 9, 2011 5:01:28 PM

Hire Rivera, he comes from a consistent winning team. We need some common sense in drafting. We don't need a $50 million dollar rookie experiment, get a top ranked proven QB and spend the other $40 million on an offensive line. Clausen is a poor QB, holds the ball too long. Ryan Mallet from Arkansas looks good, he is tall and has a rocket arm like Joe Flacco, and Cam from Auburn, is a mobile QB, like Vick.

Posted by: Stephen | Jan 9, 2011 5:15:48 PM

Newton isn't our man for several reasons. One is limited body of work. Two is that his particular skill set doesn't translate well to quicker defenses in the NFL (see Young, Vince and Russell, JaMarcus). Third is character issues. Taking Auburn out of the equation, he was already kicked out of one school for being a thief.

Posted by: dsv | Jan 9, 2011 5:17:20 PM

Newton isn't our man for several reasons. One is limited body of work. Two is that his particular skill set doesn't translate well to quicker defenses in the NFL (see Young, Vince and Russell, JaMarcus). Third is character issues. Taking Auburn out of the equation, he was already kicked out of one school for being a thief.

Posted by: dsv | Jan 9, 2011 5:17:20 PM

We have to have a QB no matter what!

WHo do yall think Carolina should get?
Ryan Mallett?
Blaine Gabbert?
or Jake Locker?

Posted by: paul | Jan 9, 2011 5:18:43 PM

Ryan Mallett, Blaine Gabbert and Jake Locker are not impact players. They will not step in and win. First pick,Panther need to go for Bowers.

Posted by: par404 | Jan 9, 2011 5:32:53 PM

It appears the Panthers are rushing to find the best Head Coach. There are better candidates currently in the PLAYOFFS. There's a reason why they are in the Playoffs.
The Panthers should be more patient or they could risk another move that will backfire on them! Why the rush when our own Owner is so gloomy about the CBA?!?
I'd look hard at the Falcons, Jets, and Patriots staff for the next HC.
Can someone confirm how many Head Coaches currently in the playoffs, was a former offensive coordinator or offensive assistant coach?

Posted by: GoPanthers | Jan 9, 2011 5:38:02 PM

@charlotte undercover - just by you're comment, everyone can tell you are not a Panther's fan..(1st) It's the Carolina Panthers - not Charlotte Panthers...(2nd) The Panthers have had three coaches, but were aggressively interviewing black coaches well before the 2003 Rooney rule was put into place...(3rd) they have had several black QB's, and one was a starter in 2003 (Rodney Peete).. So none of you're comments are correct. If you are a Cam Newton fan, then just say it, don't come out with bogus accusations..

Posted by: Catsnmbr1Fan | Jan 9, 2011 5:42:01 PM

@PleaseGodNo - You have alot more to worry about then Coach John Fox being you're Head Coach in Denver. Especially if you are moving there any time soon.. Just to let you know, their fans are very devoted to that team, I wouldn't mouth off to much to any of them about their coach (if they get Fox), you are liable to find you're house trashed.. I lived in Colorado Springs for several years, their fans are die-hard.

Posted by: Catsnmbr1Fan | Jan 9, 2011 5:46:47 PM

God help the Broncos if they get Fox.

@par404 what are you basing your statement on regarding the quarterbacks?

Posted by: manu4t | Jan 9, 2011 5:52:02 PM

@ charlotte undercover - stop making stupid racism accusations on here. First of all, quite a few of the coaches on the sidelines are black. Second, the Panthers had a black QB - remember Rodney Peete? He didnt play well enough to keep the starting job and therefore Delhomme came in.

Your logic would justify someone saying "the Panthers hate white cornerbacks" or something like that. Fact is there arent many if any white corners in the league, and none of them fit in with our team to justify signing them.

Lets stick to the facts and stop using this forum for blatant stupidity. If we want Cam, we can get him. If we want Rivera or Fewell, we will hire them. Best man for the job gets it.

Posted by: manu4t | Jan 9, 2011 5:56:34 PM

Since the Panthers are dead set on hiring a current DC as Head Coach, there is no better candidate than Ron Rivera. The real interesting hire will be his OC.
Also wonder how Rivera would feel about bringing back Ron Meeks as DC. I thought Meeks did a very commendable job under trying circumstances this past year. He would also be of considerable help to Rivera in evaluating existing team talent.

Posted by: GooseCreek | Jan 9, 2011 6:19:48 PM

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