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NFL: Panthers Give Coach Ron Rivera 3-Year Extension
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NFL: Panthers Give Coach Ron Rivera 3-Year Extension

Jan 28 2014, 8:58pm CST | by

After a 12-4 record and an appearance in the NFC Divisional Round in the 2013 NFL season, the Carolina Panthers rewarded head coach Ron Rivera with a three-year contract extension on Jan. 28.

The Carolina Panthers rewarded head coach Ron Rivera with a three-year contract extension on Jan. 28.  Max Henson of the Panthers' official website offers more details about the development:  "...

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NFL: Panthers Give Coach Ron Rivera 3-Year Extension

Jan 28 2014, 8:58pm CST | by

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After a 12-4 record and an appearance in the NFC Divisional Round in the 2013 NFL season, the Carolina Panthers rewarded head coach Ron Rivera with a three-year contract extension on Jan. 28.

The Carolina Panthers rewarded head coach Ron Rivera with a three-year contract extension on Jan. 28. 

Max Henson of the Panthers' official website offers more details about the development: 

"Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has signed a three-year contract extension through the 2017 season.

"In 2013, his third year as Panthers head coach, Rivera led Carolina to 12 wins, the NFC South division title and the franchise's first playoff appearance since 2008. 

"Despite starting the season with a 1-3 record, the Panthers went on to win 11 of their final 12 regular-season games -- including a franchise record eight-game winning streak -- to secure the No. 2 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye." 

The deal is said to be worth between $4 and $5 million annually plus playoff incentives, according to NFL.com's Chris Wesseling, citing his colleague and NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.  

Wesseling also notes the 2014 season would have been Rivera's last and that he had been receiving "just under $3 million per season." 

His old, four-year deal was worth $11.2 million collectively, per ESPN's David Newton. 

Panthers founder and owner Jerry Richardson told Henson securing an extension for Rivera is a way of ensuring the foundation which he has been building continues to grow. He said,"The improvement of our team has been reflected in the progress of the record over the last three seasons under Ron, and we look forward to building upon that foundation."

For his part, Rivera, dubbed "Riverboat Ron," appreciated the gesture and praised the collective effort of the Panthers organization for the success they are enjoying. 

"I have been very clear about how much I have enjoyed living in Charlotte and working for his organization. I very much appreciate the support and confidence Mr. Richardson and (general manager) Dave Gettleman have shown in me and our staff.

"Any success we have enjoyed is the result of a team effort by players, coaches, scouts and the entire organization, and our ultimate goal remains winning the Super Bowl." 

The Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Jones explains why locking up Rivera had to be done before any of the Panthers players: 

"First, the money the Panthers pay Rivera does not count against the salary cap, so it's one problem that can be taken cared of before having to finesse the cap. 

"Secondly, Gettleman will spend the next two weeks or so meeting with players and arranging what the Panthers will look like in 2014. With a coach that has job security through the next presidential election rather than one entering a lame-duck season, free agents could potentially find Carolina as a better option because of its head coaching stability."  

Jones also confirms Rivera is a top candidate for the NFL Coach of the Year Award which will be announced on Feb. 1. 

In his three seasons with the Panthers, Rivera has amassed a 25-23 (.521) win-loss record, per Pro-Football-Reference.com. 

 
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Panthers hope DeAngelo Williams can return in Week Nine

Oct 23 2014 3:35pm CDT | Source: ProFootballTalk

It will be another week without running back DeAngelo Williams for the Panthers. Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that Williams is not sufficiently healed from his ankle injury to play against the Seahawks this Sunday. That will make four straight games on the sideline for Williams, who also missed tw ...
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Charles Godfrey Released by Carolina Panthers: Latest Details and Analysis

Oct 21 2014 2:23pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Following yet another horrid game from the Carolina Panthers defense against the Green Bay Packers, the team has released safety Charles Godfrey. In an official release from the Panthers, head coach Ron Rivera spoke about the decision to cut Godfrey: Making this move was difficult because Charles has been a large part of what we have done since I came to Carolina four years ago. He has always tried to do everything we have ...
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Rivera disagrees with Kuechly ejection, potential fine

Oct 21 2014 6:06am CDT | Source: ProFootballTalk

Sunday’s blowout loss to the Packers included an early exit for linebacker Luke Kuechly, who inadvertently made contact with a game official.  Coach Ron Rivera doesn’t accept the decision, or the explanation that he received for the move. “I disagreed with it,” Rivera said Monday, via David New ...
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NFL news roundup: Ron Rivera debates Luke Kuechly's ejection

Oct 20 2014 5:35pm CDT | Source: SBNation

Meanwhile, Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller suffered a broken hand. Rivera opposes Kuechly ejection One of the more debated referee decisions in Week 7 was the ejection of Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly for making contact with the referee. Following a scrum on the field, Kuechly was pulled away from behind, causing the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year to flail. Unbeknownst to him, one of the people trying to remove hi ...
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Ron Rivera: Kuechly thought ref was player

Oct 20 2014 12:42pm CDT | Source: cbs sports

Ron Rivera: Kuechly thought ref was play ...
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Panthers offensive line taking a beating, getting MRIs

Oct 20 2014 11:54am CDT | Source: NBC Sports

The Panthers had to clear the decks to keep an offensive line on the field yesterday, and don’t know yet who will be available this week. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that starting left tackle Byron Bell (elbow) and right guard Trai Turner (knee and ankle) were getting MRIs today, t ...
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Panthers news: WR Kelvin Benjamin questionable with concussion; RB Jonathan Stewart to start

Oct 17 2014 7:04pm CDT | Source: Fantasy Football Toolbox

Vontaze Burfict tried his best to sideline basically the entire Panthers passing game last week, but it looks like those who came away injured on Carolina's side during the Week 6 tie will tentatively be able to play this Sunday versus the Packers. Rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is the most questionable among the offensive players hurt, figuratively and literally. He sustained a concussion after taking a hit from Burfict in the first half Sunday. He was c ...
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Greg Olsen thinks Vontaze Burfict should be suspended

Oct 13 2014 2:13pm CDT | Source: NBC Sports

Panthers coach Ron Rivera took the high road when asked about Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict twisting his guys’ legs, saying he’d send questionable plays for the league to review. One of the leg-pull-ees had a slightly stronger feeling on the matter, as you might imagine. Panthers tight end Greg Olsen said Burfict should be s ...
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DeAngelo Williams still a few weeks away from a return

Oct 13 2014 12:55pm CDT | Source: NBC Sports

Now that the Panthers have a quarterback who can run again, they can survive a week without their running backs. And it’s still not certain when they will return. Via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, Panthers could Ron Rivera said DeAngelo Williams was at least a couple of weeks away from returning from a… ...
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Panthers' Williams out a 'couple more weeks'

Oct 13 2014 12:43pm CDT | Source: iWon Sports

The Carolina Panthers will be without running back DeAngelo Williams for at least a "couple of more weeks," coach Ron Rivera said on ...
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