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Report: Rivera To Be Next Panthers Head Coach

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Ron Rivera was the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears when they went to the Super Bowl in the 2006 season. And according to a report, is close to becoming the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers.

According to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, the Panthers are calling the other candidates to inform them that they have decided to go in a different direction.

According to Glazer, the Panthers are telling the other candidates that Rivera did well in his interview.

The San-Diego Union Tribune is reporting that Rivera is meeting with team owner Jerry Richardson and could be announced as the next head coach on Tuesday.

Rivera was a member of the 1985 Bears and was also the first Puerto Rican/Mexican to play in the NFL, after the Bears drafted him in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft.

After running the Bears’ defense from 2004-06, the Bears didn’t renew his contract and Rivera moved on to the San Diego Chargers, where he was named the defensive coordinator 2008.