Ron Rivera To Be Next Head Coach of Carolina Panthers, According To Reports

Eric QuackenbushSenior Analyst IJanuary 10, 2011

SAN DIEGO - 2009:  Ron Rivera of the San Diego Chargers poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in San Diego, California.  (Photo by NFL Photos)
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It's been a seemingly long process, and I truly appreciate everyone who's hung in there with me while I've brought you all the latest updates on the Carolina Panthers' search for a new head coach.

Earlier I updated my most recent post, which came from FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, who stated that Carolina indicated they would interview more of their head coaching candidates, and the interview with Ron Rivera went well.

However, the part that threw me off was where Glazer said that the organization is moving in a different direction. Since this pertinent piece of information was included with the report on Rivera, I could only surmise it meant the Panthers had considered Rivera, where the interview did go well, but instead opted to interview other candidates and press on without the San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator.

While searching the Internet, I came up with a conflicting report from ESPN's Pat Yasinskas, who stated that Rivera was on his way to Charlotte for his follow-up interview, a mere 10 minutes prior to Glazer's report of Carolina moving on from the candidate.

Forty minutes later, at approximately 3:25 p.m., Adam Schefter, NFL Insider for ESPN, stated via his Twitter feed, "San Diego Union-Trib reports Chargers DC Ron Rivera expected to be announced as Panthers HC on Tuesday."

If this is fact, we will certainly know sometime during the course of tomorrow (Tuesday), as the Panthers are expected to announce their decision. If Rivera is the man for the job, this will be the second time that Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and general manager Marty Hurney have announced a new head coach following only a single, second interview. The first being, of course, former Panthers head coach John Fox.

When Rivera is announced as Carolina Panthers head coach we already know who the offensive coordinator will be, as Rivera has appointed Chargers quarterbacks coach John Ramsdell to the position. The Panthers are also interested in Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.

Rivera has extensive history with coaching in the NFL: He was a defensive coach with the Philadelphia Eagles under Buddy Ryan, he was named defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears—the defense that Rivera coached is the same defense that carried the Bears to a Super Bowl in 2007—and has also been the defensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers since 2007, where he adopted the 3-4 defensive scheme and built the Chargers defense to a top-rated, No. 1 "D" in 2010.

Stay tuned. Any new announcements will be made as soon as they are received.