Panthers name new head coach

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, Last Updated: 4:29 PM ET

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers have picked John Fox's replacement.

The team will announce San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera as their new head coach during a press conference Tuesday at 5 p.m. (EST).

The Panthers, after nine up-and-down seasons under Fox, turn to a former Super Bowl-winning linebacker with no prior head coaching experience in the NFL.

Rivera was the defensive coordinator in Chicago from 2004-06, helping the Bears reach the Super Bowl in his third season before the team cut him loose in a surprising move that freed him up for other offers.

He quickly took a position coaching linebackers under Norv Turner in San Diego, then was named the team's defensive coordinator midway through the 2008 season.

Rivera won a Super Bowl with the Bears in 1985 and was a television analyst covering the team for several years in the 1990s. He was a defensive quality control coach for Chicago after that, then linebackers coach for a successful Philadelphia Eagles team from 1999-2003.

Fox led Carolina to two NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl and is the winningest coach in team history, but the Panthers were an NFL-worst 2-14 this past season and his contract wasn't renewed.

It's not likely Fox will go long without a job -- he is seen as a top prospect for other vacancies in the league, including the Denver Broncos' head coaching position.


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