Animated, yes. Grab a facemask and yell, not so much. That kind of stuff just doesn't happen anymore in todays NFL.
Personally, I think Rivera is still trying to find his footing. He may turn out to be a great coach, or he may never figure it out. There is just no way to tell after 20 games. Or at least that is how I see it. Some folks can't wait for Rivera to figure it out cuz they want their victories now. I am wlling to give him some time, but I know I am in the minority.
The problem with this is while Rivera is figuring things out, while we're waiting to see whether he becomes a good coach or never figures it out, Cam's career is going down the drain. By the time Rivera figure things out, Cam will be a draft bust because he didn't get the right kind of support. In which case, we will have to go on another search to find a franchise QB. Steve Smith will be retired. D-Will will be on another team as the back up to a back up. J-Stew's running ability will be going out of it's prime. And Kuechly will be barely keeping things together on the defensive side of the ball.
I could see if we had an experienced QB, who is matured in running an offense. Yet this guy is still learning, and as many have said, this current offense seems to have stalled his development. (You can't begin your career running a 75% pro offense, and then the next year revert to the more comfortable college system. That's like entering you're sophmore year in high school, and the teacher begins teaching on the alphabet.) So my biggest problem is even if Rivera finally figures it out a couple of years from now, Cam will be ruined and we will have to start all over again looking for a QB.
Now, I'm a pretty patient guy, I understand this is Rivera's second year as a head coach. Yet my thing is he has seriously regressed from last year. I'm crazy about this team, and hope we go 19-0 every year no matter how many mediocre free agent talent we have start for us going into the season. Yet even I know there will be bumps in the road for this young coach, and I'm willing to go through them. However as I said, Rivera has seriously regressed. It goes beyond bumps in the road. It comes down to you don't know what you're doing at this point. You don't know how to fire your team up for a primetime game, to you don't know how to rebound after a tough loss. Your players can't half tackle, and you aren't feeding your billion dollar running backs. This tells me Rivera is way in over his head.
So unless I see some significant change when we play the cowboys (Rivera has two weeks to prepare for this one), if he can't fire his team up after all the criticism it is receiving and losing the guy who said we are winning the superbowl, if we come out flatter than day old soda, I'm sorry but Rivera got to go.