No head coaching changes in the NFC South for the 2013 season…yet

January 1, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera meet on the field after their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

While other teams have seen the winds of change blowing lately, the NFC South appears to be settled with their head coaches at least for the moment.

News was reported a short while ago that the Carolina Panthers will retain head coach Ron Rivera for the upcoming season.  It was a popular notion that he might be in danger of losing his job after a 13-19 record since becoming a head coach in 2011.

But the Panthers comeback defeat of the New Orleans Saints when there was nothing left to play for in the last game of the season may have kept the flame alive showing the players are willing to give it all for Rivera and not give up.

Speaking of the Saints, head coach Sean Payton is less than a month from returning to the team that sorely missed him in all phases of the game.  After a rejection of the contract extension by the NFL, the Saints made it official with a 5-year $37.5 million dollar deal.

It’s a no brainer that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will bring back Greg Schiano to be the head coach after only one year.  But if Schiano doesn’t show some improvement, the Bucs front office have shown that they will waste no time it bringing in fresh blood.

The Atlanta Falcons are currently waiting to face the next team in the playoffs as they rest up with their first round bye.  If the Falcons drop this game in the Division round you’ll likely hear some call for a change but the Falcons seem to be as loyal for Mike Smith as L.S.U. is to Les Miles.

 

Topics: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, NFC South, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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