Ron Rivera To Become Carolina Panthers Head Coach, According To Reports

Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera is the front runner for the Panthers head coaching job.

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Ron Rivera Hired As Carolina Panthers Head Coach; Press Conference At 5 P.M.

San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera has been hired as head coach of the Carolina Panthers, and will be introduced in a press conference at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Rivera was rumored to be the front-runner for the job after the Panthers and John Fox parted way after the 2010 season.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the hiring was official on Twitter, confirming reports from earlier in the day.

Panthers presser at 5 p.m. to introduce Ron Rivera as Carolina's next head coach.less than a minute ago via web

Carolina will be Rivera's first stint as a head coach in the NFL after years of working as an assistant. He spent the last three years in charge of the Charger's defense, adopting the 3-4 scheme while in San Diego. Before that, Rivera spent three seasons as the Chicago Bears' defensive coordinator.

For more on the Panthers and Rivera, check out SB Nation's Cat Scratch Reader.

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Ron Rivera To Be Hired As Carolina Panthers Head Coach, According To Reports

San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator will become the fourth head coach of the Carolina Panthers, according to FOX’s Jay Glazer and the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee. Glazer tweeted that the Panthers have called the three other candidates — reported previously to be Rob Ryan, Perry Fewell, and Greg Manusky — to let them know the search was headed elsewhere.

Acee reports Rivera has already “put out feelers” in an effort to construct his new head coaching staff. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports the offensive coordinator spot could come down to Colts assistant Ron Turner and Chargers tight end coach Rob Chudzinski, both of whom have worked with Rivera.

The Panthers are a daunting turnaround project, even for a coach as renowned as Rivera. They finished last in the league in offense, meaning it will be even more critical than usual for the defensive-minded Rivera to find an offensive coordinator he trusts.

Chargers fans are disappointed and Panthers fans are happy, if that tells you anything about the hire.

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Ron Rivera The Front Runner For Carolina Panthers Head Coaching Job

San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera appears to be the front runner for the Carolina Panthershead coaching job, according to Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com. Rivera is one of four candidates to have been interviewed by the Panthers but he's the only one who's been called back for a second interview.

The Panthers parted ways with John Fox following the season and have interviewed Rivera, Greg Manusky, Rob Ryan and Perry Fewell. 

Rivera was promoted from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator in 2008 and he helped make (or continue) the Chargers into one of the better defenses in the NFL this year. He has worked in multiple systems and had success on the defensive side of the ball. 

This is the ninth team to consider Rivera for a head coaching job, according to National Football Post, so it's we'll see if this is the one that he gets. 

The Panthers hold the No. 1 overall pick in the draft so the head coach could help determine which direction they go (especially since Andrew Luck is staying in school).

Check out Cat Scratch Reader for more on Rivera.

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