Ron Rivera no Longer Panthers Head Coach

Search for Replacement Will Begin Immediately

Matthew Causey
December 03, 2019 - 3:38 pm
Ron Rivera

Ron Rivera will no longer serve as the head coach of The Carolina Panthers.

David Tepper, the team's owner, announced the parting with Rivera Tuesday.

In Rivera's place, secondary coach Perry Fewell will serve as interim head coach.

"I believe this is the best decision for the long-term success of our team," Tepper said. "I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community."

Tepper said he will begin the search for the team's next head coach immediately.

Rivera was the fourth head coach of the Carolina Panthers and served for nine seasons. He led the team to an appearance at the Super Bowl, an NFC Championship and three NFC South Titles.

"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."

Tepper said they also plan to add an assistant general manager and vice president of football operations to their staff.

"We all must recognize that this is the first step in a process," Tepper said. "But we are committed to building and maintaining a championship culture for our team and our fans."

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