The Carolina Panthers coach ended 2012 in a precarious position after a 7-9 season, and he began 2013 on a piping-hot seat after his team got off to a 1-3 start.
In advance of Sunday's Bucs-Panthers matchup, Rivera gave some advice to Schiano during a Wednesday conference call with Tampa reporters.
"Just stay the course," Rivera said, per PewterReport.com. "... Last year, I was in the same situation, and we got on a roll at the end of the year, and now this year we've gotten on a roll again. It's just so hard to win in this league, and you've got to develop your team first. I think people have to be willing to take the lumps and accept it.
"There was a time, back in the day, when guys would be drafted in the first and second round and nobody expected him to play until three-four years down the line. Now you draft a guy, and everybody says why isn't he on the field; he's a bust."
The emergence of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon might be the best argument why the Bucs should keep Schiano steering the ship.