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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’ Williams ‘ready to roll’ vs Saints

Oct 27 2014 1:26pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says running back DeAngelo Williams has informed him he’s "ready to roll" for Thursday night’s home game against the New Orleans Saints. Williams has missed six games this season due to injuries, including Carolina’s 13-9 loss to Seattle on Sunday. The franchise’s all-time leading rusher had 72 yards on 14 carries in the season opener against Tamp ...
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Panthers’ Williams ‘ready to roll’ vs Saints

Oct 27 2014 1:26pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says running back DeAngelo Williams has informed him he’s "ready to roll" for Thursday night’s home game against the New Orleans Saints. Williams has missed six games this season due to injuries, including Carolina’s 13-9 loss to Seattle on Sunday. The franchise’s all-time leading rusher had 72 yards on 14 carries in the season opener against Tampa Bay, but ...
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Panthers’ Williams ‘ready to roll’ vs Saints

Oct 27 2014 1:26pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says running back DeAngelo Williams has informed him he’s "ready to roll" for Thursday night’s home game against the New Orleans Saints. Williams has missed six games this season due to injuries, including Carolina’s 13-9 loss to Seattle on Sunday. The franchise’s all-time leading rusher had 72 yards on 14 carries in the season opener against Tampa Bay, but missed the next two games with a hamstring injury. He returned in Week 4 against Balti ...
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DeAngelo Williams says he’s “ready to roll” this week

Oct 27 2014 1:23pm CDT | Source: ProFootballTalk

As the Panthers limp along into the second half of the season, they’re getting closer to having their full running game back. Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters today that DeAngelo Williams said he was “ready to roll,” this week, and expected to play Thursday against the Saints. That would be a help, since he… ...
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DeAngelo Williams expected to play Week 9; not much fantasy value

Oct 27 2014 1:00pm CDT | Source: SBNation

DeAngelo Williams is expected to play in Week 8 against the Saints. We break down the fantasy implications. Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams is expected to play in Thursday's game against the New Orleans Saints, according to Max Henson of the team website. That comes from head coach Ron Rivera, who said he "expects" Williams will return to action for the prime-time game. Williams has been de ...
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Panthers' Williams 'ready to roll' after injury

Oct 27 2014 12:49pm CDT | Source: ESPN.com - NFL

Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams told coach Ron Rivera on Monday is he "ready to roll" for Thursday night's primetime ga ...
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Ron Rivera: Accountability why Kelvin Benjamin sat out first three plays

Oct 27 2014 8:28am CDT | Source: ProFootballTalk

The Panthers offense started Sunday’s game against the Seahawks without wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin on the field. It wasn’t a strategic decision. After the game, coach Ron Rivera said that Benjamin sat out those plays to send the message that “you are accountable just like everybody else” without explaining why Benj ...
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NFL Week 9 Picks: Early Predictions for Every Game

Oct 27 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

With the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys set to close out Week 8 on Monday Night Football, the second half of the season is already upon us.That means that it's time for the contenders to begin separating themselves from the pretenders.The first eight weeks of the season have provided fans with plenty of intrigue. For instance, almost no one expected the aforementioned Cowboys to be one of the top teams in the league at this point. By the same toke ...
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Canadian Willson’s late TD lifts Seahawks to win

Oct 26 2014 3:14pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Russell Wilson still has Carolina’s number. Wilson connected on a 23-yard touchdown pass to Luke Willson with 47 seconds left, lifting the Seattle to a 13-9 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and helping the Seahawks snap a two-game losing streak. It’s the third straight year Wilson has brought the Seahawks (4-3) back from a second-half deficit to beat the Panthers here. In the previous two seasons, Wilson threw second-half TD passes to ...
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Canadian Willson’s late TD lifts Seahawks to win

Oct 26 2014 3:14pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Russell Wilson still has Carolina’s number. Wilson connected on a 23-yard touchdown pass to Luke Willson with 47 seconds left, lifting the Seattle to a 13-9 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and helping the Seahawks snap a two-game losing streak. It’s the third straight year Wilson has brought the Seahawks (4-3) back from a second-half deficit to beat the Panthers here. In the previous two seasons, Wilson threw second-half TD passes to Jermaine Kearse and Golden Tate ...
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