Ousted Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera reveals his biggest regret
Longtime Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was fired from his position on Tuesday, and there's something he wishes he could have accomplished before his time at Bank of America Stadium was up.
"[Does] somebody want to ask me my biggest regret?" he prompted a room of reporters during a press conference on Wednesday. "My biggest regret is not winning the Super Bowl."
The Panthers appeared in one big game during Rivera's tenure, losing Super Bowl 50 to the Denver Broncos. Carolina clinched a postseason berth four total times during Rivera's nine years as head coach.
"I know I stood up in front when I first got the job and told people I was going to win a Super Bowl," Rivera said. "That's my biggest regret as the head coach of this football team, that we didn't win it. We got there, and we had our chance. We had our opportunity."
When asked if he hopes to coach again, Rivera responded with a clear, "Absolutely."
"My intent is to coach again," he continued. "I love coaching. And not just coaching because it's about winning football games, but coaching because you have an opportunity to impact young men and people, and that's what I want to do. I want to coach people and impact people and win football games, and hopefully, win a Super Bowl."
Rivera was fired after the Panthers posted a 5-7 record through 13 weeks. The team has been without starting quarterback Cam Newton since Week 3 of the season.
Secondary coach Perry Fewell has been named interim coach in Carolina in the wake of Rivera's dismissal.