Two things occur to me. First, if you think that anything Rivera is saying now is something that will provide deep insight into the Panthers' future plans at any position, you're an idiot. Second, if Hill's one of our 5-6 best options at WR, great. If not, so what? Why is anyone emotionally invested in this kid anyway? Give me a regular guy who can somehow make play after play over Mr. Measurables any day of the week. Jerry Rice wasn't Jerry Rice because he was bigger and faster than everyone else, right?
It would be nice to see him make it and become a star so we can all point and laugh at the Jets for letting him go, but really, there's no reason beyond that to root for him to be better than four other random guys, is there?
So a head coach needs to be good at evaluating personnel, game planning, in-game strategy, and teaching (technique/fundamentals/drills). I think Rivera and his staff are outstanding at the last item, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. I'm not in love with his in-game strategy but I understand where he's coming from most of the time. As far as game planning, he's amazingly bad after the bye. I don't know what's up with that, but in general the more time you give him and his staff the worse the team is.
Still, he has a hell of a lot of talent to play with right now; our roster is as good as I can remember it ever being. If we can get the offensive line in shape and another legitimate receiving threat, then we should be good for a string of 10+ win seasons.