Rivera's latest football epiphany is the understanding that passively settling for field goals rather than aggressively going for touchdowns late in a close game is a losing philosophy.
Although Rivera defended his run-run-run strategy in the aftermath of that Week 11 loss, he has since realized offensive coordinator Mike Shula has to mix the pass with the run to pick up key first downs and continue to milk the clock.
"Lessons learned. I'm not going to kid myself about that," Rivera said Monday, via The Charlotte Observer. "I was conservative there (against the Falcons). I thought we could grind it out. I was hoping we could do like we did (against Cleveland) and get the first down by running it. Unfortunately, we didn't."
It's refreshing to see Rivera's ongoing struggle to reconcile his long-held philosophy with an expanded understanding of probability in determining the outcome of football games.