Don't think so. Lovie Smith was brought in for the 2004 season and he hired Ron Rivera the same year. Rivera stayed for 3 seasons through 2006. His stint in Philly as the Linebackers Coach under Jim Johnson from 1999-2003 may have had some impact, but neither him or Sean McDermott have the Panthers playing anything close to a Jim Johnson-style defense.
And again... The reason Rivera was let go fro Chicago was because his style did not reflect Smith's style of defense. We do run a more aggressive defense then a Tampa 2.
Point being to all this is Lovie Smith is 10x the coach that Rivera is.
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