In rather stunning news, the Carolina Panthers have fired Ron Rivera, per ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Panthers’ owner David Tepper on the firing Ron Rivera: “I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community. I wish him the best. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 3, 2019
Rivera was hired by the Panthers in 2011. He went 76-63-1 as their head coach (3-4 in the playoffs), leading them to a 15-1 record and a Super Bowl berth in 2015.
Just a month ago the Panthers were 5-3 and in the heart of the NFC playoff race, but four straight losses to the Packers, Falcons, Saints, and Washington have dropped them to 5-7.
Cam Newton's future with the team is very much in doubt, and as NFL Network's Tom Pelissero notes, there may be more changes in management to come. The Panthers could be radically different in 2020.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 3, 2019