So who is Ron Rivera, in a paragraph?
First Puerto Rican player in the NFL. Born in California, 48 years old (49 this month). Linebacker, Bears, 1984-92. 97-98 as a coaching intern with the Bears after being in the media, 1999-03 with the Eagles as LBs coach under legendary coach Jim Johnson, 04-06 with the Bears as Tampa 2 (4-3) defensive coordinator under Lovie Smith. 05 and 06 were 2nd and 5th respectively in the league, but Smith let him go under concern for what looking for a head coaching job would do to his preparation for the playoffs.
07 as LBs coach under Norv Turner, 08-10 as defensive coordinator (3-4). 2010 defense was top in the league.
Most likely a Rooney Rule hire, Rivera fits the mold of what Carolina wants. This probably isn't the only guy we contact before Jim Harbaugh coaches the Orange Bowl.