Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers to meet Saturday

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Updated: Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:22 a.m.

While seven teams move rapidly to fill their coaching vacancies, Ron Rivera and the Carolina Panthers remain in limbo. It looks like we'll finally have some progress over the weekend.

Owner Jerry Richardson and Rivera will sit down on Saturday, according to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. The Panthers are then expected to meet with general manager candidates.

New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and senior pro personnel analyst Dave Gettleman are both expected to interview. It's very possible we won't know Rivera's future until the Panthers hire a general manager. Person's best guess is that Rivera will stick around with a first-time general manager. In that scenario, Rivera would likely need a playoff appearance to stick around for another season. It's the same situation Lovie Smith faced in Chicago this year.

It's a difficult situation for any coach and general manager. So many firings happened this week because the front office and the coach were not on the same page. The Panthers might be better off starting totally anew rather than saddling a new general manager with a coach they aren't truly comfortable with.