"I don't know what's going to happen, and I won't know until after the season. I know that much," said Rivera, whose Panthers are 2-8. "And I know that nothing's going to happen until after the season. So what our guys have to understand is that they're playing for now. They're playing for each other."
Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer spoke to a team source who also expects Rivera to finish out the season. But it sure sounds like the end is near.
"I'm not concerned about me, I'm really not. I'm concerned about them," Rivera said about his coaching staff. "Whether I'm here next year or not, I will be A-OK."
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