Ron Rivera has been fired as Panthers head coach, team owner David Tepper announced Tuesday.
Secondary coach Perry Ferrell will serve as interim head coach for the rest of the 2019 season. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will be special assistant to the head coach, and his son Scott will serve as offensive coordinator.
“I believe this is the best decision for the long-term success of our team,” Tepper said. “I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community. I wish him the best. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers.
“We are going to take a comprehensive and thorough review of our football operation to make sure we are structured for long-term sustained success. Our vision is to find the right mix of old-school discipline and toughness with modern and innovative processes. We will consider a wide range of football executives to complement our current football staff. One change that we will implement is hiring an assistant general manager and vice president of football operations. We all must recognize that this is the first step in a process, but we are committed to building and maintaining a championship culture for our team and our fans.”
Rivera, who was in his ninth season as the Panthers’ coach, ends his tenure with a 76-63-1 regular-season record, not including a 3-4 mark in the playoffs. He led Carolina to Super Bowl 50 after the 2015 season and captured three NFC South titles, but he never managed consecutive seasons with a winning record.