Atlanta Falcons Will Hire Ron Rivera As New Coach
The Atlanta Falcons will hire Ron Rivera as their new coach.
Rivera, 57, was fired by the Carolina Panthers last week.
Over the course of his nine seasons in Carolina Rivera won three divisional titles and made the postseason on four occasions.
Under his oversight Cam Newton became an MVP and the Panthers made the Super Bowl.
Given the level of success he enjoyed in Carolina, it is hard to envision a scenario where Rivera remains jobless for long.
According to a new report from Mike Freeman of the Bleacher Report, the Falcons are going to be a serious contender for Rivera’s services.
“He will get a billion interviews,” an AFC general manager told Freeman.
“The team I keep hearing Rivera’s name associated the most with: Atlanta,” Freeman added in his column.
The move would make a lot of sense for all involved.
Dan Quinn is in the midst of yet another underwhelming season. He is currently 4-9 through 13 games. Last year he went 7-9.
Coming off a Super Bowl run in 2016 many expected Atlanta to be a force for years to come, but obviously that never materialized.
The players appear to have tuned Quinn out and now it is time for a change. Rivera is familiar with the NFC South and knows how to win the in the division.
What happened in Carolina was more the byproduct of circumstance than anything Rivera did wrong. It was just time for coach and team to move on – and that is precisely what occurred.
Rivera is one of the sharpest minds in the NFL today. If the Falcons are able to hire him away, they will likely return to being the class of the NFC South sooner rather than later.