Ron Rivera will return as the Panthers head coach despite the disappointing season.
Rivera was told that he’ll remain at the helm of a Carolina team that finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year, according to a report from NFL.com, which cited an unidentified league source familiar with the team’s plan.
Questions surrounded Rivera’s future with the team after the Panthers began their decline. Carolina started the season 6-2, and were riding an eight game losing streak before the Week 17 win at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Panthers managed to end the year on a high note with a 33-14 win over the Saints — New Orleans benched starting quarterback Drew Brees and were led by Teddy Bridgewater in a losing effort.
Rivera had been happy about how talks regarding his return were going. On Friday, the long-time head coach said he “felt pretty good.”
Rivera has a career 70-56 record with the Panthers. He’s led Carolina to the playoffs in four of his eight seasons and one Super Bowl in 2016.