Business as usual for Panthers?

December, 31, 2012
12/31/12
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At least for the moment, the Carolina Panthers are proceeding with business as usual.

Earlier Monday, coach Ron Rivera, whose future with the team has been the center of much speculation, addressed the media and said he hopes to keep his job. Rivera said he expects to meet with owner Jerry Richardson soon.

As of Monday night, interim general manager Brandon Beane also still appeared to be acting as the general manager. Several writers covering the Chic-fil-A Bowl in the Georgia Dome have told me Beane’s name is on the seating chart in the press box.

Apparently, Beane will be scouting the game between LSU and Clemson. Beane is a long-time team employee, but his previous role focused much more on logistics, such as team travel and making training camp arrangements, than on personnel matters.

But I’ve been told not to be surprised if Beane ends up as the permanent general manager. Beane may not have the deep football background, but Richardson may view him as someone who can be a strong administrator that can act as a go-between among coaches, the personnel and salary-cap departments and the business side of operations.

It still is possible Richardson could go outside for a general manager. There have been reports he wants to talk to New York Giants' executives Dave Gettleman and Marc Ross. But I also think it's possible the Panthers stick with what they have.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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