you must not be reading much of what I've said because I've said it over and over.
That first paragraph makes me wonder why I'm even bothering to respond but you post a lot and seem to sum up the attitude about the Panthers and Rivera that I find so disagreeable.
So, I'm asking what is this big picture you've seen and why do you have no faith in his ability. Please don't give me quasi ethereal answers like, he's a bad game manager and can't lead. If that's you opinion then give me specifics on why you feel that way. Give me example to support your argument.
I'm not blind to the mistakes the Panthers and Rivera have made but it's the whole black and white, he's sucks, we're doomed, we're one of the worst teams in the NFL with little hope to fix anything due to a losing culture and bad meddling owner.
there are several things but the biggest thing is end of game management. I'd write it all out for you but I've already don it a lot...probably in this thread even.
it all boils down to what is a perfect example...not the only one, but the best one...the atlanta game.
your offense has been torched all day, your offense has been doing pretty well and you have one of the best short yardage guys in the league in cam and one of the best backfields in the country...it's fourth and one and you punt it away with time left on the clock. that is a mistake that costs more games than it saves. the rules protecting the deep pass make it very easy for a team to go the length of the field in a very short time, or at least far enough to get a FG.
that might have been a good call 10 or even 5 years ago, but today it's not. when you have a lead its very easy for a team to come back. if you want to win, you do one of two things, you either score more than the other team can keep up with or you keep them from scoring and the best way to do that...the only way to ensure it is by keeping the ball out of their hands and keeping it in yours.
teams get too comfortable with a league and too confident in their defenses ability to protect it. just this weekend it cost the broncos their game and almost cost the falcons theirs. its a flaw that most defensive coaches have and its one that rivera has. it has cost us games and will continue to as long as he feels comfortable with any lead and/or his defenses ability to stop them.