Panthers coach signs extension on eve of wild card game

Panthers preparing for the most significant offseason in franchise history

According to Ian Rapoport and Tiffany Blackmon of NFL Network, the Carolina Panthers have extended head coach Ron Rivera's contract to a two-year, $15.5 million deal. "We've had consistency of winning and we've gone to the playoffs four out of five years". The 11-5 Panthers are a team bouncing back from a disappointing 2016 "Super Bowl hangover" season which they went 6-10, the lowest mark since Rivera took over the team in 2011. Panthers president Danny Morrison resigned a year ago and general manager Dave Gettleman was sacked on the eve of training camp by team owner Jerry Richardson.

Becker was promoted to COO after owner Jerry Richardson said he would sell the team in the wake of allegations of workplace misconduct.

With Carolina, Rivera has compiled a 64-47-1 regular season record, giving him a franchise-best.576 winning percentage as head coach. Subsequently in late December, the team was slotted to move to new ownership. The Panthers have been inconsistent during his tenure, with four losing seasons.

Rivera oversaw an NFC-record 18-game regular-season winning streak that spanned the 2014 and 2015 seasons and led to Carolina's Super Bowl appearance in 2015, which they lost 24-10 to the Denver Broncos.

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Carolina is 64-47-1 in regular season games under Rivera, whose.576 winning percentage is the best in team history and seventh-best in the National Football League over the last seven years. Carolina is ranked seventh in defence this season. "And I really appreciate the support we've gotten from our fans in the Carolinas".

The Panthers have developed plenty of stars under Rivera.

And Rivera has earned more time at the helm.

Before joining the Panthers, Rivera was an assistant coach with the San Diego Chargers (2007-10), Chicago Bears (2004-06, 1997-98) and Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2003).

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