Why Ron Rivera Will Provide a Charge to the Carolina Panthers

January 11, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Reports out of San Diego say that defensive coordinator Ron Rivera will be the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers. He’s not John Gruden; he’s not Bill Cowher; he’s better.
Ron Rivera finished up 2010 with the best overall defense in the NFL. The San Diego Chargers ranked first in total yards allowed, passing yards allowed per game and finished second in yards per play, third-down percent and sacks. The Chargers also finished fourth in rushing yards allowed per game.
Now, these numbers were not the result of Rivera’s first season with the Chargers. It took the Chargers a few seasons to figure things out. In 2008, the Chargers defense ranked 25th in total yards allowed and 22nd in sacks. As the Chargers became acquainted with the system, they gradually got better. Last season, the Chargers moved to 16th in total yards allowed and 13th in sacks.
The Chargers were a wreck, and Rivera righted the ship. The reason why Panthers fans should be foami...

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