Second NFL coach of the season fired
A second coach in the NFL was fired on Tuesday when the Carolina Panthers parted ways with Ron Rivera. The team is in the midst of a 5-game losing streak that has dropped their record to 5-7.
The team announced that secondary coach Perry Fewell has been named interim head coach. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will transition to special assistant to the head coach, and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner will serve as offensive coordinator.
“I believe this is the best decision for the long-term success of our team,” owner David Tepper said. “I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community. I wish him the best. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers.”
Rivera was named the fourth head coach in Carolina Panthers history in 2011, and earned a 76-63-1 regular season record and a 3-4 postseason mark. In nine seasons, Rivera led the team to a Super Bowl appearance, an NFC Championship and three NFC South titles.
Rivera is the second coach to be fired this season after Jay Gruden of the Washington Redskins.
“We are going to take a comprehensive and thorough review of our football operation to make sure we are structured for long-term sustained success,” Tepper said. “Our vision is to find the right mix of old-school discipline and toughness with modern and innovative processes.”