Ron Rivera is spared the ax, will remain Panthers head coach

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and head coach Ron Rivera reportedly met today for a little on-on-one, and the results were positive to say the least for Rivera.

Looks like Richardson focused on the positive rather than the negative of a losing season, opting to let Rivera continue his work with QB Cam Newton and a talented at times bunch that he believes can get better as time goes by.

In his second year as head coach, Rivera took a team that went 6-10 in 2011 to an awful start, going 2-8 in the first 10 games, but the team turned it up in the last six to end the season at 7-9.

That late season push at improvment is likely what led owner Richardson to spare Rivera at least for now.

Conventional wisdom says that Rivera better not screw things up in 2013, or he'll surely be out of a job.

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