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Panthers Ink Coach Ron Rivera To Three-Year Extension

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The Panthers announced Ron Rivera has signed a contract extension that will make him the head coach of the Panthers through the 2017 season, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

This season, Rivera completed the third year of his initial four-year deal, and the Observer reported earlier this week the two sides would soon begin contract extension talks.

The Panthers, who went 6-10 and 7-9 in Rivera’s first two seasons, went 12-4 in 2013 and won the NFC South championship. They lost in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs to San Francisco, 23-10.

“The improvement of our team has been reflected in the progress of the record over the last three seasons under Ron and we look forward to building upon that foundation,” Panthers Owner/Founder Jerry Richardson said in a statement released by the team.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said he had the “ultimate confidence” in Rivera in two separate interviews after the season ended when asked about Rivera’s status moving forward.

“I have been very clear about how much I have enjoyed living in Charlotte and working for this organization,” Rivera said in a statement. “I very much appreciate the support and confidence Mr. Richardson and Dave Gettleman have shown in me and our staff. Any success we have enjoyed is the result of a team effort by players, coaches, scouts and the entire organization, and our ultimate goal remains winning the Super Bowl.”

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