I like Ron Rivera. Think there were more reasons for the Carolina Panthers to retain him as head coach than to let him go. He was a much better coach in December than he was in September and October. He grew into the job. If the growth continues, the Panthers made a very good move.
But should owner Jerry Richardson have made the call, or should he have entrusted the decision to the general manager he hires?
Although Richardson knows Rivera better than any GM would, the GM should have at least helped make the decision.
If the Panthers are going to succeed, the general manager has to run the football operation. Owner as GM doesn't work, as the Dallas Cowboys will attest.
So: I like the decision to bring back Rivera.
I don't like that Richardson made it.