Ron Rivera was fired as coach of the Panthers, team owner David Tepper announced Tuesday.
Junior coach Perry Ferrell will serve as interim coach for the rest of the 2019 season, per team. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will be the assistant coach’s special assistant and his son Scott Turner will be the offensive coordinator.
“I believe this is the best decision for our team’s long-term success,” Tepper said. “I have great respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and this community. I wish him the best. I will immediately begin searching for the next Carolina Panthers coach.
“We will do a comprehensive and thorough review of our football business to ensure that we are structured for long-term sustainable success. Our vision is to find the right combination of old-school discipline and cruelty with modern and innovative processes. we need to look at a wide range of football executives to complement our current football staff. are committed to creating and maintaining a championship culture for our team and our fans. “
Rivera, who was in his ninth season as a Panthers coach, ends his term with a 76-63-1 regular season record, not including a 3-4 mark in the playoffs. He called Carolina to the Super Bowl 50 after the 2015 season and won three NFC South titles, but he never managed to last a consecutive season with a winning record.
This move is not surprising given the circumstances. After Carolina suffered a upset loss to the Atlanta opposition a few weeks ago, Tepper publicly said he would not accept moderation as a Panthers owner. In the (almost) two seasons since Tepper bought the team, the Panthers under Rivera had gone 12-16.
Last week’s loss to Washington, which traveled to Carolina as a 10-point underdog, was apparently the last straw.