Ron Rivera's Monday press conference

Wesley Hitt

Talking about the future, not the past was the M.O for Rivera's presser today.

Ron Rivera gave his final press conference of the season, unsure of his future, but talking about where the Carolina Panthers are headed.

Getting the biggest question out of the way quickly, Ron Rivera said that he has not been informed of his future in Carolina, and has not yet sat down with Jerry Richardson to discuss it. Rivera made it clear that he wants to remain with the organization, but said it was a decision that Jerry Richardson would make.

Asked about the time line, Rivera said that he has no information on a 'when' these moves are going to take place. The plan is for him to sit down with Richardson, discuss the season, and the direction of the franchise. He believes that the Panthers have shown improvement from when he took over the team, citing the growth of the defense into a top-ten unit.

According to Ron Rivera the process of bringing in a new general manager starts today. When asked to speak about this further, he said that his understanding was that sending out letters to teams, and the interview process would now begin in earnest. The Panthers have been handcuffed by the regular season, but with yesterday spelling the end for teams like the New York Giants (who the Panthers have been heavily linked to) they now have the opportunity to interview other team's front office staff.

It was a press conference focusing on the future, not the past. Rivera didn't offer too much information, nor did he look like a man resigned to his fate. Judging from his body language and demeanor, one gets the sense that he truly doesn't know what direction Jerry Richardson will go in, but did say that Carolina's owner has been open with him throughout the process.

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