Panthers extend coach’s contract


WASHINGTON: Ron Rivera, named NFL Coach of the Year last season for guiding Carolina to Super Bowl 50, was rewarded with a one-year contract extension, the Panthers announced on Friday.

Rivera’s prior deal was to expire in 2017, but he has been renewed through 2018, as all of his assistant coaches were earlier this year.

“It was an easy decision,” Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said. “Ron has worked extremely hard and we are thrilled with our current direction.”

Before Rivera arrived in 2011, the Panthers had never been to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. Last season, Carolina won a third consecutive NFC South division crown, going 15-1 to earn the top playoff seed in the National Conference.

The Panthers also led the NFL in scoring for the first time and their defensive unit ranked in the NFL’s top 10 for the fourth season in a row.



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