The Carolina Panthers have fallen off quite a bit since their Super Bowl appearance in 2015. However, don't expect the team's recent struggles to affect the job status of head coach Ron Rivera.
According to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Panthers are expected to retain Rivera regardless of how the 2018 season ends.
As for the Panthers, new owner David Tepper is expected to be patient. The team already made a significant change, with Rivera taking over play-calling on defense. With one of the top play-callers in the NFL in charge of the unit now, Carolina's D impressed in a loss to the Saints. The roster should get younger and faster next year, as well, and with Rivera in charge of the defense it should only improve.
With one more loss, the Carolina Panthers would have their third losing season in the past five years.
Rivera took over the Panthers in 2011 after the team went 2-14 the year before.
Despite going 13-19 in his first two years as head coach, he led the Panthers to three straight playoff appearances from 2013 to 2015, culminating in the aforementioned Super Bowl appearance in 2015.
The Panthers are 6-8 on the season through 14 games and will finish 2018 with games against the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.
The team was eliminated from playoff contention earlier this month.