As a Panthers homer, I’m very excited about Ron Rivera as our new head coach with Sean McDermott as his defensive coordinator. I have nothing much against John Fox and am happy for the Broncos in hiring him, but sometimes everybody needs a change of scenery, and that was clearly the case here.
Despite Rivera’s experience running a 3-4 defensive scheme in San Diego, he made it clear from day one that he would stick with our current 4-3 alignment. This was underscored when we grabbed McDermott the moment he surprisingly became available. Now we have not one, but two strong defensive minds on the case.
Maybe my homerism colors my opinion, but I see this as good news for most of our current IDPs. The Panthers need help at defensive tackle and in the secondary but already have a lot of good players to build around to become competitive again in the loaded NFC South.