Days after it was rumored that NYG defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is Carolina's favorite for the head coaching job, SI's Peter King updates with this:
@SI_PeterKing: I'm hearing SD D coordinator Ron Rivera's the early leader in CAR.
It makes sense - Rivera led the league last year with that defense, fits with the cover 2/4-3/odd front defense we'd likely ask him to run, and he's not available otherwise - he can't move to our team as a DC, whereas other candidates can.
There's the feeling that the Panther brass would like to make some splashes in the assistant market, and may push DC candidates Manusky or Ryan on Rivera. Both are available as assistants, whereas Rivera and Fewell are with teams with intact staff.