The NFL moves quickly -- look no further than the majority of teams looking for head coaches who already have a short list, or are in the final stages of signing contracts. Not so for the Carolina Panthers, who are waiting until tomorrow to conduct Ron Rivera's exit interview -- keeping his future unknown.
In a report filed to the Charlotte Observer by Joe Person, the Panthers are still waiting to have the all-important meeting between Rivera and Richardson. Earlier this season Ron Rivera said it would be Jerry Richardson, and not an incoming general manager who would decide his future with the organization; an unconventional, but somewhat-expected move given Richardson's approach to business.
At this stage any speculation as to why the process is taking so long would be just that, speculation. The organization have kept their general manager search extremely quiet, and outside of the announcement they would be interviewing Dave Gettleman and Marc Ross of the New York Giants, there's no leaks coming from the organization. So too Rivera's future appears to be a mystery, even to the coach himself.
Another day, and more waiting. Perhaps tomorrow the Carolina Panthers will finally shed some light on the direction of the organization, but for now it's just more guessing.