Potential Landing Spots for Ron Rivera and Replacements in Carolina
In a very unsurprising move, the Carolina Panthers announced they were parting ways with Ron Rivera. He went 73-63-1 over his time as the head coach for the Panthers. Rivera led this Panthers team from the gutter and the #1 overall pick to a Super Bowl appearance. Let’s look at where he could go and let’s take a look at who the Panthers may have in mind to replace Riverboat Ron.
Potential Landing Spots for Rivera:
3.) Washington Redskins: Rivera had success with Cam Newton early on in his career. Washington has quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who is very similar in terms of physical traits to Newton. I believe Rivera would find ways to get production out of the young signal-caller. Rivera is a defensive-minded coach that could run a 4-3 or 3-4, which Washington has the personnel grouping to run both. Rivera would be an immediate upgrade for this team.
2.) Atlanta Falcons: At this point, it should be a foregone conclusion that Dan Quinn will be fired at the end of the season. This team is built to win right now and Rivera is a coach ready to win right now. A new voice should be refreshing to Matt Ryan and company. Rivera should quickly turn the horrid Atlanta defense around. Rivera already having coached in the division is very familiar with it so this would be a really good landing spot for Riverboat.
1.) Dallas Cowboys: The Dallas Cowboys are built to win a Super Bowl right now but horrid coaching is holding them back from doing so. ESPN’s Get Up panel discussed if the Cowboys ever wanted to win a Super Bowl they needed a Super Bowl-caliber coach. Being that there aren’t many on the market, Rivera would be a perfect fit to lead this team to a Super Bowl appearance. Riverboat Ron gives the Cowboys the best chance to win the Super Bowl. JERRY JONES make this happen.
Given Tepper’s comments about how the game has evolved and is tailored to offenses, should tell us where he wants to go with his next hire. There aren’t many great offensive minds to choose from right now but let’s take a look at who might be there.
Urban Myer: An attention-getter this would be. Myer’s track record within college speaks for itself. Especially the way he developed his QBs. Chris Leak, Tim Tebow, Braxton Miller, JT Barrett, Cardale Jones, and Dwayne Haskins all excelled under him. If Carolina were ready to rebuild and change things on the offensive side of the football this man would be a name to consider.
Greg Roman: Lamar Jackson is the front runner for the MVP award. A lot of that is thanks to Roman whose system has been designed to take advantage of Jackson’s ability. Cam is a bigger built QB who when healthy can play at an MVP level. Roman and his offensive mind could be the missing piece to a quick turnaround in Carolina.
Eric Bieniemy: The next great offensive mind to come from the Andy Reid coaching tree. Bieniemy has had success on every level in football and would definitely have an idea on how to put everything together in Carolina.
Lincoln Riley: This man will be the most sought after coach on the market because of Oklahoma’s continued dominance. His system continues to give guys the best opportunities to succeed. It’s no fluke at all when you look at Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, and now Jalen Hurts. Riley is a QB guru and if I was an NFL Owner or GM Riley is the only guy I want. As a matter of fact, I’d hand over a blank check to land him.