Ron Rivera Gone: Panthers 2020 Outlook

After 9 seasons as the Panthers’ HC, Ron Rivera was fired last week.

Former Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera emphasizes the three consecutive NFC South division titles that his teams won during his press conference Wednesday. David T. Foster III DTFOSTER@CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.COM

The Panthers begin their search for a new coach with Jim Harbaugh, Josh McDaniels, and Greg Roman as the headlining potential successors. Panthers’ owner David Tepper has forfeited the decision to his next HC on QB Cam Newton’s future in Carolina, and has already reached out to potential candidates for interviews. Although a difficult decision, it was the right call for David Tepper and the Carolina Panthers of the future.


Several narratives surround the Panthers’ coaching staff as 2019 comes to a close, and it’s obvious that the team needs to evolve as a whole. Defensively, the team has lost all of its reputation in the front seven, led by field general MLB Luke Kuechly. On the offense, the lone bright spots have been breakout receiver D.J. Moore and Christian Mccaffery, with the offensive line slowly trending in the right direction. But overall, the lack of consistency can be blamed for the lack of success this team has had for the last several years. Although all three phases of the team have been shotty in recent outings, the quarterback position will be the most heavily evaluated by the next HC.


Overall, the Panthers are an extremely talented team, but they lack the ability to close, and the ability to play complete football games, and in turn, complete football seasons. Hopefully, this coaching change will lead the Panthers to new heights, and elevate the team as a whole for years to come.


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