Now he'll be making that impact in a different city - perhaps it will be in Washington, the team whose Week 13 victory over the Panthers may have been the straw that broke David Tepper's patience, or perhaps he will reunite with Dave Gettleman in NY. "(He's) too good of a man, and I have great respect for Ron. People say 'why was this a good fit?' I can't tell you.
Tepper said by moving on from Rivera now he can begin a coaching search immediately so that it won't put the team at a competitive disadvantage.
Of course, none of those teams have a coaching vacancy at the moment (except the Redskins, who fired Jay Gruden back in October; Bill Callahan is their interim coach).
Even the biggest Gettleman supporter would have to admit that 2020 is a make or break year for the embattled GM, but bringing in a head coach that he's already had success with would undoubtedly make his long leash even longer. "I can go on and on but most importantly; thank you for allowing me to be me!" How fortunate I am, .
During a 2012 interview, Rivera said upon his entry into the National Football League, he never really thought about the fact that he was making history with his heritage.
Gettleman has famously mocked analytics, and used a "from the gut" approach while making transactions and evaluating players (we've seen how that's worked out, although he's hit on some nice late round players that speaks to his roots as a scout). He leaves Carolina as the organization's all-time winningest coach with a 76-63-1 record.
The Panthers reached the Super Bowl with Rivera at the helm in the 2015 season, but lost 24-10 to the Broncos.
"Unfortunately, we couldn't maintain it", he said.
Rivera said he was surprised Tepper fired him with four games left in the season. Carolina was 6-2 in 2018 before Newton's right shoulder injury limited his effectiveness and the team endured a seven-game losing streak.
According to NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon, Newton plans to undergo foot surgery.
"Will be forever grateful because of the impact you had on my life", Newton wrote.
"I'm going to be honest with you", Rivera said, "I'm kind of excited".
Newton said Tuesday on social media that "this one hurt deep".