The Schiano-Rivera ConversationDecember 5th, 2013
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was considered a dead coach a couple of months ago after his talented team was 1-3. He was getting run out of Carolina.
Now, the Panthers have won eight in a row and Rivera is a genius and Panthers tickets are a hot item.
The NFL Network video linked here is of Rivera “mic’d up” for the Bucs-Panthers game Sunday. It opens with Rivera seeming to counsel Greg Schiano on the subject of team revival before the game.
“But it’s like all of a sudden one day you go, ‘holy smokes!'” Rivera tells Schiano as the two men stand face to face. “You know, Look at what they’re doing. Look at the way they’re practicing. Look at the extra time in the meeting room. God. It’s like all of a sudden, Bam! The switch went.”
Joe wishes he could have heard the full conversation. Somewhere under lock and key at NFL Films, that audio lives!
The video closes with Rivera, after the Panthers beating of the Bucs, telling Schiano, “Keep working, Greg.” before the two embrace. Schiano and Rivera were on Dave Wannstedt’s Chicago Bears staff coaching defense together in the late 1990s. So it’s likely the two felt comfortable sharing.
Strictly guessing, Joe suspects Schiano asked his colleague how/when he knew the Panthers turned the proverbial corner. Would that mean Schiano isn’t sure about the Bucs? Joe will leave that to the wild speculators.