As unlikely as it seemed just a few months ago, Ron Rivera has just signed an extension with the Carolina Panthers. The franchise signed the third-year head coach to a three-year extension through the 2017 season after he led the team to just its fifth-ever playoff appearance.
"I have been very clear about how much I have enjoyed living in Charlotte and working for this organization," Rivera said. "I very much appreciate the support and confidence Mr. Richardson and (general manager) Dave Gettleman have shown in me and our staff. Any success we have enjoyed is the result of a team effort by players, coaches, scouts and the entire organization, and our ultimate goal remains winning the Super Bowl."
Rivera led the Panthers to a 12-5 record and an NFC South Championship in 2013, despite a 1-3 start to the season. He has received numerous Coach of the Year honors.
Panthers owner Jerry Richardson spoke highly of Rivera, who has helped the team improve its record ever year of his tenure.
"The improvement of our team has been reflected in the progress of the record over the last three seasons under Ron, and we look forward to building upon that foundation," Richardson said.