He built the Bears into a SB winning defense in 2006. Left the year after because Lovie Smith had loyalties promoting another coach on the team and while getting rid of Rivera is something the owner did NOT want to do, but the owner knew he have to give the HC the pieces he wants to compete. That is the general consensus of the fans and players on forums anyways. The end result? The bears are on their third DC since Rivera left, still looking for successful one. Fans were outraged.
In SD it's the same story, brought a completely pathetic defense into a contending one. In fact according to many fans he was the only competent coach on the team. What is more impressing about SD is he did it with much fewer pieces than Chicago, in fact to be honest he had pretty much nothing to work with at first, bringing them to mediocre status his first year, even that was impressive to the fans.
Here are some cool quotes I found while reading on Rivera for the past few days:
-The fifth player from the 1985 Bears super bowl team to become a head coach.
-The Bears organization is on their third DC after 'opting' out not bringing back Rivera after a 2006 defensive Super Bowl.
-Third Latino coach in the NFL.
-2005: "I thought he was ready last year," Bears All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "Look at the way he carries himself at meetings, the way he prepares us for games, the way he speaks to us. I'd hate to lose him, but I think he needs to be a head coach."
-And now linebacker Lance Briggs is saying the Bears miss former defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, whom head coach Lovie Smith fired after the 2006 season.
“You miss some of those guys when you don’t have them, and sometimes you realize what you have when it’s not there anymore, or what you could of had when it’s not there anymore . . . ” Briggs said, per Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com. “You think about a Ron Rivera, you think about a lot of these guys that were here.”
To me, a CB and DT would have been better than a TE as we could have drafted one and have a nice vet until then. Don't get me wrong I love all the other signings and think they were great. Olson will be great no doubt. I just can't help but want more at CB and dear god especially DT. I am comfortable with Gamble and _____ but at DT it is really a big ????. But it all depends on what Rivera is doing. This is what he wants to do.
On that note you have to look at our coach, Rivera and what he plans to do. Obviously he is very defensive minded and has a great defensive coordinator. Both of them emphasize the blitz packages that may not need as much at CB or DT. Even if they do, you just have to trust Rivera, he has turned crap defenses into gods time and time again throughout his whole career.
In reading a lot of the history on what went down with Rivera in blogs and forums the general consensus is all teams result in a lot worse coaching after he leaves and all of them begin to miss him.
We should trust him fully with the defense and should not worry so much about DT and CB. I think he knows the pieces he wants and he is putting them in place. If he thought his system needed and DT or CB we would have signed one.
Edited by FortySixand2, 30 July 2011 - 12:31 PM.