Rivera iced Elliott Fry to 'help' Bears' kicking search By Adam Maya - August 9th, 2019
The NFL preseason is a time for evaluation. While much of the action will ultimately be forgotten by the viewing audience, every play counts for those on the fringe of making a roster.
If kicker Elliott Fry ultimately earns the Bears' starting job, he'll likely remember Ron Rivera.
The Panthers iced the rookie by calling a timeout just before the end of the first half of Thursday's preseason opener for both teams. And Rivera said he challenged Fry as a favor. "You know what is funny, I did that to help the Bears because they are in a kicking contest," Rivera told reporters following the Panthers' 23-13 win.
He should've been our next HC after Lovie. Letting him go was such a dumb mistake.
IMO Lovie got rid of him because he was a threat to Lovie's position as HC. If you look at the Bear's defensive stats in the Lovie era, the defenses under Rivera were way better than those without him as DC.
Ron had the shot of being a HC he wasnt staying after that def did what it did to carry that team to a SB.
cannot put that on Lovie at all, and I think everyone knows I wasnt his biggest can at the end.
Ron's ego got the best of him.
When the chance to get a shot at a 1 in 32 job comes up, you take advantage of it; or you could find yourself like Fangio in the latter part of your career finally getting a shot.
Ron struck while the iron was hot and has had a pretty good career w/Carolina. He has just under the winning record of Lovie while he was here; and an overall much better record. He and Lovie both got to a SB and lost, he hasn't won as many playoff games as Lovie, but his teams have gotten there more.
I'd say he made the right move, and if he ever Leaves Carolina my guess is he'd get another shot and would have a better 2nd team then Lovie did.
Post by weneedmorelinemen on Aug 12, 2019 12:22:58 GMT -6
Maybe I'm missing something here. Ron Rivera was forced out by Lovie to make way for Bob Babich and his terrible MUG defense. Lovie even said at the time he was afraid of losing Babich to another team.
Ron interviewed for some head coaching positions, but those were all taken pretty quickly and he was forced to take whatever he could get which was the linebackers coach for San Diego since Lovie gave his job to Babich. Ron then took over DC there, and from there made it to Carolina in 2011.
Im reading into this like you guys are saying he jumped ship to Carolina while the iron was hot right after the SB run by the Bears.