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Ron Rivera gets new contract, but not new job security

07 January 2018, 10:12 | Percy Christensen

Ron Rivera, Panthers Agree to 2-Year Contract Extension

Carolina Panthers close to new deal for coach Ron Rivera, according to sources

The Carolina Panthers have signed head coach Ron Rivera to a two-year extension through 2020.

Carolina finished the 2017 season with a 11-5 record, good for a wild-card berth. Relegated to a wild card berth by virtue of a season finale loss to Atlanta, the Panthers will face divisional victor and rival, New Orleans on the road.

For his efforts, the Panthers and Rivera recently agreed on a contract extension through the 2020 season. Of course, they also earned one trip to the Super Bowl where they were beat by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos following the 2015 season. Neither team has been completely healthy when they met previously, but the Panthers will have tight end Greg Olsen and center Ryan Kalil available this time around.

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Rivera, who will turn 56 on Sunday, is 64-47-1 in seven seasons as head coach. And I really appreciate the support we've gotten from our fans in the Carolinas. The Panthers set a new franchise record by going 20 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard individual rusher. The Panthers have been inconsistent during his tenure, with four losing seasons.

Carolina's offense has been one of the most effective running the ball in Rivera's tenure, finishing in the top 10 in the National Football League in rushing yards per game in six of the past seven seasons, including a fourth-place finish (131.4-yards/game) this season. He has guided Carolina to a Super Bowl appearance, three NFC South titles and four playoff appearances. The Chicago Bears, for whom Rivera both played and coached, are among the teams searching.

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