Ron Rivera Named Fourth Head Coach in Carolina Panthers History

January 11, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

At 5 pm eastern time, the Carolina Panthers introduced Ron Rivera as the fourth head coach in franchise history.
Rivera, who will take over as a head coach for the first time in his career after serving as a defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears (2004-2006) and San Diego Chargers (2008-2010), signed a four-year, $11.5 million contract.
How refreshing it was to hear a new voice and opinion speaking to the Charlotte media. Not once did I hear old adages of "it is what it is," or any other number of old "Fox-isms" that Panthers fans have become so accustomed to over the last nine years.
During his press conference, Rivera spoke about how he will be a hands-on coach, especially with the defense, which, as we all know, is his forte. When asked about what kind of personnel he will seek in his coaching staff, from coordinators to position coaches, Rivera stated, "I am looking for guys that are going to coach...and teach."
As it stands, the defense will predominantly ...

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