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Observer article regarding Rivera/GM

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Rivera’s fate remains a mystery for now

Not a whole lot we didn't already know but they did say the Richardson/Rivera meeting is expected to be on Friday.

Confirms they don't know where Richardson is or what he's doing.

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He's off baking pie charts

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Regarding Richardson...

After Hurney’s dismissal, Richardson told Rivera he wanted to see the team trend upward over the final 10 weeks of the season. The Panthers were 6-4 after Hurney’s firing, and finished the season on a strong note for the second consecutive year.

The Panthers won five of their past six games to finish 7-9 and in second place in the NFC South, a game better than Rivera’s first season. They ended the season with the franchise’s first four-game winning streak since 2008, the last time the Panthers made the playoffs.

If that is what he goes by, then it'll be no shock if Rivera stays.

Also saw this...

Through a team spokesman, Richardson declined comment Wednesday. The 76-year-old owner has not commented publicly since firing GM Marty Hurney in October.

I wonder how many times the phrase "Richardson declined comment" has been written concerning the Panthers.

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I'm convinced no one has a clue what is going to happen.

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I'm convinced no one has a clue what is going to happen.

qft

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Oh, there are people that have a clue. It's just that none of them are talking.

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For anyone not wanting to read the entire article (483 words) I will summarize. "Its (insert day here) and we still dont know poo..."

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Common sense would probably tell you that Rivera ends up staying because we looked like we was trending upward. If JR bring Rivera back that would be a mistake and might ultimately hurt his chances at getting a pretty good GM. History tells us that most General managers really want their own guy to come in and be the man. Rivera staying could lead to Brandon Beane being the next Panthers GM.

Mediocrity here we come!

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I don't understand why people assume Rivera staying = Beane staying. The Bears hired new GM Phil Emery last year and kept Lovie Smith, so it's not like you can't retain an existing coach and not be able to hire an outside GM.

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I'm convinced no one has a clue what is going to happen.

This is certain. The only people that know whats going on are the people Richardson has spoken to, which I can assume are very few. And they aren't leaking anything. Thats how JR operates.

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Would you really turn down a GM job if you were told that they're giving the current coach 1 more year to prove himself or he's gone? Because that is probably what JR is saying. Rivera has 1 year to have a winning and make the playoffs or he's done. Don't see that holding a GM prospect back

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I don't understand why people assume Rivera staying = Beane staying. The Bears hired new GM Phil Emery last year and kept Lovie Smith, so it's not like you can't retain an existing coach and not be able to hire an outside GM.

But the new GM wasn't going to come in and just fire Lovie Smith right out of the gate. Do you know how much heat he would've took for that? Look at the heat he is taking this year just by letting Lovie go. Hiring a nee GM ultimately lead to Lovie Smith getting fired though. Most General managers want their own guy.

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