Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Ron Rivera hits back at critics in passionate press conference after firing

Ron Rivera hits back at critics in passionate press conference after firing

Prior to serving as general manager of the Giants, Dave Gettleman held same job with the Panthers from 2013 to 2017 - five of Rivera's 8 ½ years as head coach in Carolina. Quarterbacks coach Scott Turner will serve as offensive coordinator. Tuesday owner David Tepper spoke on Newton, saying that it was unknown if the Panthers would also be moving on from their quarterback of nine years. "I think as much respect as I have for Ron, I think a change was appropriate to build things the way I want things to be built".

The Panthers reached the Super Bowl with Rivera at the helm in the 2015 season, but lost 24-10 to the Broncos.

Newton struggled through shoulder problems in the second half of last season and played only two games this season because of a foot issue which may require surgery. If he has old-school discipline and modern and innovative processes. He seemingly took the fall for a down season in which former NFL MVP Cam Newton essentially did not play at all because of a foot injury.

Tepper said by moving on from Rivera now he can begin a coaching search immediately so that it won't put the team at a competitive disadvantage.

Through 12 games this season, the Panthers sit with a 5-7 record and outside of the playoff picture, losing their last four games.

"Do you think I can promise to anyone that things can be great in one year?" "I've just gotta get right".

The Panthers seem interest in offensive minds and coaches who are willing to embrace analytics.

"We will consider a wide range of football executives to complement our current football staff.we are committed to building and maintaining a championship culture for our team and our fans".

With Rivera gone, the spotlight will be on whether the Panthers decide to keep Newton for 2020. Newton noted "this one hurt deep" during an Instagram Story post (via NFL Network's Ian Rapoport).

It is unclear what they are going to do with the injured Cam Newton at the end of the season. The Panthers can get out from under his contract and save about $19 million by releasing him ahead of next season.

"Whether you define it by wins or losses or you define it by winning the division, to me that's three years in a row".

Fewell also said Kyle Allen will continue to start Sunday when the Panthers visit the Falcons. I really can't tell you why it was a good fit - I can tell you now, but back then, I couldn't.

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