Ron Rivera said he expects all his coaches to return next season. This includes offensive coordinator Mike Shula. A team's offensive coordinator is the coach fans most want to run out of town. Ask Dan Henning, who did the job for John Fox, and Rob Chudzinski, who was the coordinator in Rivera's first two seasons.
Chudzinski, who was fired after one season as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, presumably is available, and some fans would like to see him return. He won't.
I asked Rivera if he had looked at tape of Sunday's loss to San Francisco. He has. He said he was disappointed in the three penalties against his defensive backs -- Mike Mitchell, Captain Munnerlyn and Josh Thomas.
Rivera said things went on before the Munnerlyn head-butt and Thomas swipe. However...
"There's a certain point where you've got to get control," Rivera said. "And we didn't."
Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman talked on the record for the first time since training camp, and he used the phrase that helped make him a multi-media celebrity -- hog mollies.
Gettleman praised the work his first two draft picks did last season. Gettleman drafted 315-pound defensive tackle Star Lotulelei in the first round and 310-pound Kawann Short in the second.
Based on what Gettleman said at a news conference at Bank of America Stadium, he's looking for more.
Gettlemen said he'd be a fool not to look at what enables the NFC teams still playing to win. Seattle and San Francisco are big and tough, and to keep up with and even pass them, the Panthers will have to do the same.
If Gettleman invests Carolina's first pick on an offensive lineman, don't be surprised.