With just two games left in the regular season, many teams guaranteed to miss the playoffs have accepted their fate. They are mathematically eliminated and have their eyes on next season, while weighing what will change.
For at least two 2017 playoff participants that are set to miss the party this season, continuity and stability are the expected outcomes.
Barring a dramatic shift that is not anticipated, both Marrone and Rivera should be back and there are reasons why.
Injuries have marred things on offense. They'll be looking for a new quarterback with Blake Bortles expected to be released, and they need a new offensive coordinator.
But Khan and Tom Coughlin, executive VP of football operations, believe in Marrone going forward.
As for the Panthers, new owner David Tepper is expected to be patient. The team already made a significant change, with Rivera taking over play-calling on defense. With one of the top play-callers in the NFL in charge of the unit now, Carolina's D impressed in a loss to the Saints. The roster should get younger and faster next year, as well, and with Rivera in charge of the defense it should only improve.
In addition, Newton's ailing shoulder, which shouldn't require surgery, dramatically affected their season. Newton's arm appeared to weaken as the games went on, and it hamstrung them.