Possible Landing Spots for Ron Rivera

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The news of the Carolina Panthers firing Ron Rivera was a shock to some, but not all. There were whispers around the league that new owner David Tepper would be letting people go. The surprise is the timing of it all. At any rate, NFL insiders believe Rivera will land on his feet as soon as he wants to be a head coach. Here are a few landing spots for Ron Rivera.

Possible Landing Spots for Ron Rivera

Cleveland Browns

This is an obvious choice by how things are going in Cleveland. Freddie Kitchens is hanging on for life, and losing to a team full of second and third-string players doesn’t help his case. The Browns have an issue with discipline racking up 99 total penalties this season, which is fourth-most in the NFL. Insert Rivera, whose Panthers have 67 penalties, which is the second-least in the league. The talent is there in Cleveland. Execution and discipline are lacking.

GM John Dorsey could fire Freddie Kitchens and hire Ron Rivera
Freddie Kitchens (L) and John Dorsey (R) (Photo by USA Today Sports)

Dallas Cowboys

While Jerry Jones committed to Jason Garrett for the remainder of the season, nothing is set for beyond that. Jones didn’t give coach Garrett a ringing endorsement that Garrett would be returning. “In my opinion, Jason Garrett will be coaching in the NFL next year,” said Jones during a radio segment. This is a change in tune from Jones’ previous statement of not firing Garrett. Rivera is a good fit for the Cowboys if Jones stands down and allows Rivera to coach. Not likely, but Cowboys fans can only hope. 

Jason Garrett could be replaced by Ron Rivera next season
Jason Garrett (L) and Jerry Jones (R) (Photo Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Giants

Pat Shurmur is almost sure to be out of a job after this season. Over the last two seasons, Shurmur is 7-21, and ownership is frustrated. Steve Tisch said that he and John Mara are going to be “very honest with each other” about the direction of the team after this season. Needless to say, Shurmur is likely out. Expect that conversation to happen a little sooner as teams are going to jump at the opportunity to hire Rivera.

Steve Tisch talking to Pat Shurmur
Steve Tisch (L) and Pat Shurmur (R) (Photo: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

Time Will Tell

Other teams will be on the search for a new coach. Teams like the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos are in full rebuild. Rivera would need to buy into the organization’s new direction, and that often leads to the coach being a fall guy.

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