NFL pocket book: Panthers hearth Rivera

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The Carolina Panthers fired coach Ron Rivera on Tuesday after a 5-7 begin to the season.

FILE PHOTO: Nov 24, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera within the second quarter in opposition to the New Orleans Saints on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Obligatory Credit score: Chuck Cook dinner-USA TODAY Sports activities

“I consider that is the very best determination for the long-term success of our crew,” proprietor David Tepper mentioned in an announcement. “I’ve a substantial amount of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this group. I want him the very best. I’ll instantly start the seek for the following head coach of the Carolina Panthers.”

Rivera has been the Panthers’ head coach since 2011, compiling a 76-63-1 document in 9 seasons. He led Carolina to a Three-Four mark in 4 postseason appearances, together with the Tremendous Bowl after the 2015 season, when the Panthers posted a 15-1 regular-season mark.

The crew picked secondary coach Perry Fewell as its interim head coach. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will turn out to be the particular assistant to the top coach, and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner will function offensive coordinator.

—One week after guiding the Pittsburgh Steelers to a victory over the Cleveland Browns, rookie Devlin Hodges was named beginning quarterback for a second consecutive week.

Hodges can be underneath middle Sunday in opposition to the Arizona Cardinals after main the Steelers to a 20-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns final weekend, when he was 14 of 21 for 212 yards and one landing with one interception.

Hodges took over within the second half for Mason Rudolph on Nov. 24 and rallied the Steelers to a 16-10 win after throwing a 79-yard TD move to James Washington on his second move of the sport. Hodges, 23, was an undrafted free agent out of Samford.

—The New York Jets formally ended the season of linebacker C.J. Mosley, putting him on injured reserve after he performed in elements of solely two video games following his big-money free agent signing with the crew final offseason.

Mosley, 27, signed a five-year, $85 million contract with $51 million assured with the Jets in Could. The defensive star was within the midst of a dominant season opener in opposition to Buffalo (six tackles, fumble restoration, pick-six TD) when he injured his groin.

The four-time Professional Bowler tried for weeks to enhance sufficient to see the sphere, finally enjoying in opposition to the New England Patriots in Week 7. However over time, the groin damage started extending into his core muscle tissues. Mosley will endure surgical procedure, in accordance with the Jets.

—The Cleveland Browns launched veteran defensive finish Chris Smith, lower than three months after his girlfriend was killed in an accident on the facet of a Cleveland freeway.

Smith was within the second yr of a three-year, $12 million take care of the Browns. He performed in 9 video games this season however didn’t see motion Sunday at Pittsburgh.

On Sept. 11, Smith swerved and crashed his automobile after a tire malfunction. Whereas ready for help on the facet of the highway, Smith’s girlfriend, Petara Cordero, was struck and killed by one other automobile. Cordero’s loss of life got here a month after she gave start to the couple’s first youngster. Smith was not injured within the accident.

—George Atkinson III, who performed operating again at Notre Dame and had a quick stint within the NFL, has died. He was 27. The Athletic’s Pete Sampson reported his loss of life Monday night time. The trigger was not revealed.

FILE PHOTO: Dec 1, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Devlin Hodges (6) appears to be like on in opposition to the Cleveland Browns through the fourth quarter at Heinz Discipline. The Steelers received 20-13. Obligatory Credit score: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports activities

Atkinson’s twin brother, Josh, died of suicide final Christmas, shortly after the loss of life of their mom. She suffered from psychological sickness and Crohn’s illness. Their father, George Atkinson II, performed within the NFL with the Oakland Raiders (1968-77) and the Denver Broncos (1979).

The Atkinson twins had been raised in Northern California and earned scholarships to Notre Dame. In three seasons there, George III rushed for 943 yards and 10 touchdowns. He went on to seem in 5 video games with the Raiders (2014) and 16 with the Cleveland Browns (2016), primarily returning kicks.

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