Q&A with Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera

Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers flashes a thumbs-up during a win against the New Orleans Saints...

Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers flashes a thumbs-up during a win against the New Orleans Saints December 22, 2013. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images/AFP)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

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Ron Rivera inherited a 2-14 Carolina Panthers team in 2011.

It was the lockout year, so he didn't even get to meet his new players until summer training camp.

Now in his 26th season in the NFL -- nine as a linebacker, 17 as a defence-specialist coach -- the 52-year-old Rivera is hours away from his first NFL playoff game as head coach.


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