Sorry if already posted, this is from last week.
Cool story about Rivera seeking advice from John Madden. Got to love how Rivera isn't ashamed to ask for guidance from some NFL greats. This along with the other story this week about how Rivera would pick the mind of the reporter when he was in college. Keep Pouding Ron, and KEEP LEARNING.
The Carolina Panthers coach was on a trip visiting his parents on the West Coast when he decided to give legendary coach John Madden a call and let him know he was in the neighborhood.
Rivera was thinking he could get a few minutes of Madden's insight into the direction his team was headed over a cup of coffee.
"Coach Madden took it a step further,'' Rivera recalled on Wednesday. "He evaluated us and looked at some things. He was very gracious and very critical of certain things.''
When Rivera says Madden evaluated, he doesn't mean the Hall of Fame coach shared his thoughts from what he'd seen of the Panthers on television. Madden actually broke down film before Rivera arrived.
One thing stood out more than anything during the critique.
"He was a little bit concerned about us giving the ball a little bit too much to the quarterback,'' Rivera said. "I took every word he said.''
"One of the things [Cowher] told me was, 'Ron, with the way you finished [2012 with four straight wins], stick with it. It's going to turn. Trust me. Don't change who you are in terms of your principles and what you believe,''' Rivera said.
"The insight that you learn from these people is tremendous. They all came around to say one thing: be true to who you are. So I've tried to do that. I am a better coach.