1st point/Paragraph) Rivera's not a big time coach. So what makes you think that Gettleman doesn't have influence over Rivera, especially when Ronnie was on the hot seat last year, when most observers felt he should have lost his job?? Rivera has no express power in this relationship. He's a collaborator at best. That's where the smart $$ is.
2) No, the De-Emphasis of the Read Option, actually started around the middle of the season, when Hurney got fired and Rivera knew his job was on the line, and needed to do something to save it. This was directly expressed by Rivera in a NFL.com article by Albert Breer earlier this year.
I'm sure when Gettleman came in and saw the film (with or with out Rivera and Shula's input), he reinforced the less Read Option notion. And if you watch NY Giants games, it's pretty obvious why. Cam and Eli really do have a lot in common as far as how they throw the ball (excellent, rugged, upright, downfield throwers, who can be inconsistent in the short and intermediate game, who eventually get hot again and make some outstanding throws, plays and drives after). When Gettleman see's Cam, I'm sure he sees Eli as well. And Cam is way ahead of where Eli was his first 2 years. Makes sense?
The reason why many talk about Gettleman vs Rivera the way we do is for three simple reasons:
1) Most strong General Managers have Direct input of Coaching Philosophy, Player Direction, and the type of team they will implement. That's no secret.
2) More importantly: Rivera is a weak coach, in no position to dictate to or ignore Gettleman if he knows what's good for him. Rivera's is/has been on the hot seat, and will continue to be, unless his team makes the playoffs, or misses out with a winning record. And the Panthers need that now. You essentially had a team last year, with a inexperienced 2nd year HC, an inexperienced, hard headed 2nd year OC, and a non football GM. Where were the grown ups to over see the children?
3) Gettleman, has been around football as long/longer than Rivera. And he came highly recommended--as the GM by Ernie Accorsi, Richardson's GM consultant. Who do you think Richardson trust, believes more at this stage? And if you think it's Rivera, please tell me why with his track record of admitted futility, poor management and in-experienced coaching moves so far?
This is Gettleman 1st year as a GM he still has to prove that he was the right hire...( I believe he will be good GM so far he has done a good job...but wait at least couple of years!) Second if he was so good why wasn't he hired as GM longtime ago.
you say all that about Rivera then why did Richardson keep Rivera in first place instead of letting his Highly regarded GM that has godly knowledge of football than anyone else hire his own coach that would be better than this inexperienced coach......
Teams are successful in the NFL by players 1st, Coaches, 2nd and then ....GM ............ New York giants (couch Coughlin)
San-Fransico - (jim harbaugh) - Ravens- ( John Harbaugh), Seattle -(Pete Carroll), Steelers - (Mike Tomplin), Saints -(Sean Peyton), Patriots - (Belichick) Atlanta - (Mike Smith), Houston - (Gary Kubiak) ...and on on
These team do have good GM but the point of the GM is to bring in the necessary players and keep financial stability and place the team in position to be successful ........It always comes down to coaches and players
He is not big time coach right now because he was never truly placed in position to do so........i think you hatred for Rivera and ego is coming in the way.........but you'll find out how good of coach he is ..........how bout ban from the forum for life! if i'm right after this season.