Ron Rivera to remain head coach of Carolina Panthers

  • By Kareem Copeland
  • Updated: Jan. 5, 2013 at 01:50 p.m.

The Carolina Panthers will not join the seven NFL teams that fired their coach after the season. Ron Rivera will keep his job, the team announced Saturday.

Rivera and Panthers owner Jerry Richardson met in the morning, according to The Associated Press.

The Panthers improved from 2-14 (2010) to 6-10 (2011) in Rivera's first season. Expectations skyrocketed as No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton broke NFL records as a rookie. The Panthers didn't live up to them in 2012 with a 3-9 start, but four consecutive wins to end the season probably saved Rivera's job.

There's a dynamic young quarterback in Carolina and Richardson doesn't want to waste that talent. Newton was the darling of the NFL as a rookie, but was outshined by Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson this year.

Rivera's fate is tied to Newton's success. It's that simple.

The Panthers have yet to hire a new general manager.