Ron Rivera has led the Carolina Panthers to a 6-8 record this season, and including Monday night’s disaster the team has lost its last six games in a row.
With that in mind, it’s not surprising the head coach was testy on Tuesday morning at the podium speaking with media.
Rivera was first asked by one reporter if he hates questions about his future.
“Absolutely, because I don’t know,” Rivera said, per ESPN’s David Newton. “I’ve been through it a couple of times my first two seasons. But at the end of the day it comes down to one person, and that’s the only one that knows.’’
Then he got very frustrated when he was asked if he wants to return in 2019.
“That is a stupid question. That really is, and I’m not going to answer that one. I’m very happy where I am. I do appreciate my place here on this football team and in this city and in this community.’’
It’s easy to understand why Rivera is so frustrated. Especially after Monday night’s game. His defense played lights out against one of the best offenses in the NFL. Unfortunately, Cam Newton has a bad throwing shoulder and the offense could not get anything going aside from an incredible trick-play touchdown in the first quarter.
And overall, it wasn’t long ago that Carolina was considered a favorite to make a deep run in the NFC with a 6-2 record. Since then, this team has found ways to lose, and with the losing streak comes the obvious questions about leadership at the top.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the Panthers finish this season, and whether new owner David Tepper has any interest in seeking greener pastures at the top of his team’s hierarchy.