The Carolina Panthers have signed head coach Ron Rivera for the next three years. After leading the team to the Super Bowl 50 last season, Rivera will be with them until 2018. With the new deal, the Panthers hope that he can lead the team to another great season.
The official NFL site announced that the Panthers have retained head coach Ron Rivera. He has coached the Panthers to the Super Bowl last season as well as was honored as the NFL Coach of the Year. For the Panthers, it was not really a hard decision, according to general manager Dave Gettleman said.
“It was an easy decision,” Gettleman said about retaining Rivera until 2018. It has been reported that the coaching staff has received raises as well. With the extension Rivera is one of the currently highest paid coaches in the NFL, according to Fox 8.
Last season, Rivera led the Panthers to a 17-2 record and then all the way to the Super Bowl. It is also the second extension that he has had since 2013. Under him, the Panthers have become a successful team, winning the division title for three consecutive years. NFL.com notes that prior to that no NFC South team has ever done that.
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Rivera’s work with the Panthers is to be considered to see how much he has been valued by the team. The Panthers is now just the fourth team in the NFL to win 14 consecutive games to start a season. Since December 2014 the team has won 22 of its 25 games also. It is not hard then to see why the Panthers would want him to stay for the next seasons.
He has also built a great coaching staff that has made the team an offensive and defensive threat. This has been in contrast to how he started out with the team when he is said to let close games slip. His staff include offensive coordinator Mike Shula, defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and the tandem of John Matsko and Ray Brown.
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