How Rivera Can Save His Job
Ok, by no means do I think this will be easy, nor is it even likely, but I do think it is possible. Here is my five step plan (I have one too Mitt Romney) to Panthers coach Ron Rivera keeping his job.
1) Bring Back 2011 Cam- If you can’t get Cam to play his best football any longer, why on earth would owner Jerry Richardson want you around. The key to the future is getting Cam to perform like a franchise QB.
2) Better Game Management- I have defended Rivera in the past and said that as a new Head Coach, he simply needs to time to try to learn how to manage a game. Well, his time is officially up. With the GM who hired him gone, he needs to step it up and start handling in game situations better.
3) Win some close ones- This isn’t college football. To win in this league you need to win close games. Even the lowest of teams in the NFL will play close games (see Panthers, Carolina). Sure it is often the players not making plays or bad luck like a WR slipping on a Pick 6 that costs us a tight one. But, it often goes back to those in game decisions, like not attempting a field goal late in the first half or staying in a soft zone on the final drive against Chicago.
4) Hope the ESPN Report Isn’t True- If Chris Mortensen’s Report about Marty Hurney hiring Rivera against The Big Cat’s best wishes is true, there might not be anything he could do to keep the job. If Jerry really didn’t want Hurney a year and a half ago, I am pretty sure he isn’t a fan now.
5) Keep The Defense Improving- The Defense is up 15th in Total Defense rankings and they have played 3 good games in a row. Ever since Luke Kuechly moved to MLB and Thomas Davis entered the starting lineup, this Defense has been getting it done. Defense is Rivera’s specialty and he has said he is being more hands on with the D this year. The improvement of this unit might be the only thing he has going for him right now.