There have been several other reports that have suggested that this report is accurate. Jay Glazer of FOX reported that the Panthers have made calls to other candidates to inform them that they will not get the job. ESPN’s Adam Schefter adds that if the Panthers and Ron Rivera can agree on the contract terms, he will become the teams next coach.
Jason La Canfora mentions that Rivera could look to add either San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky or Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan as the teams defensive coordinator. As far as a potential offensive coordinator is concerned, La Canfora mentions Chargers tight end coach Rob Chudzinski as a likely target.
Rivera has been a successful defensive coordinator throughout his time in the NFL but the fan base seemed to be hoping that the team would address the lackluster offense before focusing on the defense. If Rivera is brought in as the teams next head coach there will be plenty of scrutiny regarding the teams offensive direction.