Posted by Andy Benoit
UPDATE 3:24 p.m. ET: Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune says Rivera is expected to be announced as the Panthers’ new head coach on Tuesday.
UPDATE 4:15 p.m. ET: According to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, if Rivera is hired (as expected), either San Francisco's Greg Manusky or Cleveland's Rob Ryan could be hired as defensive coordinators. Both have ties to Panthers GM Marty Hurney. For offensive coordinator, La Canfora believes that Ron Turner (currently with the Colts but best known as former OC of the Bears) or Chargers tight end coach Rob Chudzinski would be the leading candidate.
It looks like Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera will become the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers. According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, the Panthers are calling other candidates who interviewed for the job and telling them that the club is going in a different direction.
According to Glazer, the Panthers are mentioning to other candidates that Rivera did well in his interview. He recently met with team officials for the second time.
Rivera, 49, has been a much-ballyhooed defensive assistant since 1997. He has experience running a 4-3 Tampa 2 based scheme from his days in Chicago and experience overseeing a 3-4 from his time in San Diego. And because he has no head coaching experience, he carries a lighter price tag that the small-market Panthers prefer.
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