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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Despite storm, Panthers moving along

By Pat Yasinskas

All signs continue to point to Ron Rivera as the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers. In the latest report from our news side, Adam Schefter says the team and Rivera are putting the finishing touches on a contract.

But I wouldn’t expect an immediate news conference. Charlotte has been hit hard by a winter storm and the Panthers might wait a day or two to formally introduce Rivera. That might be a bit of a break because it will give Rivera time to begin assembling his staff.

As I said Monday, the hiring of the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach might be the two most important moves Rivera has to make. Possible candidates for offensive coordinator include San Diego tight ends coach Rob Chudzinski and Indianapolis assistant Ron Turner, who worked with Rivera in Chicago. Marc Trestman, who has been coaching in the Canadian Football League, could be a candidate as the quarterbacks coach.