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Monday, December 9, 2019

Ron Rivera fired by Panthers; Perry Fewell to be interim head coach

Ron Rivera

The Carolina Panthers didn’t bother waiting until the end of the season to make the coaching change many anticipated.

The team announced Tuesday that it has fired head coach Ron Rivera after over eight seasons at the helm. Secondary coach Perry Fewell will serve as interim coach for the final four games of the regular season.

Rivera’s future has seemed to be doomed for a while. The Panthers went 7-9 last season and 5-7 this year, currently riding a four-game losing streak. They had fallen into a general state of mediocrity. An injury to Cam Newton didn’t help, but it simply seemed that the veteran coach’s message had grown stale. It was rumored he was on the hot seat last offseason, and the lack of improvement in 2019 sealed his fate.

Rivera went 76-63-1 as Carolina head coach, including a Super Bowl appearance. Fewell, his temporary replacement, went 3-4 as interim coach of the Buffalo Bills in 2009.



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