Scott Fowler: Ron Rivera Will Coach In The NFL Again

Charlotte Observer Columnist Says The Former Panthers Head Coach Can Land Elsewhere

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December 04, 2019 - 10:20 am
October 27, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium.

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Ron Rivera's nearly decade-long stint with the Carolina Panthers abruptly ended Tuesday afternoon. 

Panthers owner David Tepper announced the team parted ways with the 57-year-old head coach after Carolina suffered its fourth consecutive loss — the fifth loss in the last six weeks. Perry Fewell was named as the Panthers' interim head coach while Rivera awaits his next opportunity elsewhere. 

Scott Fowler, a columnist from The Charlotte Observer, believes Rivera won't be unemployed for long. He joined Scott Ferrall on "Ferrall on the Bench" to discuss why possible suitors won't be able to turn down a chance to hire Rivera, who finished his Carolina career with 76 wins in 140 games.

"Ron Rivera was a two-time NFL Coach of the Year here but, it's like with so many coaches, it just stopped working," Fowler said. "He's going to be a good coach somewhere else. He's a very good organizer, players like him, everybody likes him. It's just not going to be here. But believe me, I think he'll have another NFL job within two months." 

As the NFL season reaches its final weeks, teams will likely feel compelled to make changes to their coaching staff. Washington's Bill Callahan is currently the team's interim head coach while a handful of other coaches sit on the hot seat. Fowler says Rivera's demeanor is enough to fill any potential vacancy.

"It depends, of course, on how many jobs are open," Fowler added. "If it's four or like eight depending on how many of those 32 - I just remember when John Fox, who had a much worse ending with the Panthers, immediately got fired after a 2-14 season, got not one more head coach job but two more! And I think Rivera is so well liked around the league, I definitely think he will be a head coach in the NFL."

The Giants are one team that could use Rivera's services if they decide to part ways with current head coach Pat Shurmur. Giants ownership expressed their intent for an honest conversation to become successful moving forward, and the coaching staff could face an overhaul. 

Rivera and Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, who served in the same position in Carolina during Rivera's tenure, are familiar with each other. It could result in a reunion between the pair.

"I think Gettleman certainly likes Ron," Fowler said. "They had a good relationship here and got to a Super Bowl together and were pretty simpatico but I don't think they loved each other. That was a marriage that was kind of an arranged marriage sort to speak. I think he'll probably take a look though. He knows him very well, I think it would be silly not to."