In July, Rivera called his less-than-concrete job security the "white elephant in the room." Here in October, that elephant lingers.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on "NFL GameDay Morning" -- before the Panthers' 22-6 loss to the Cardinals -- that the team is laying the foundation for a possible coaching search after the season, according to sources close to the situation. Carolina has begun background checks to such a degree that one candidate already knows of the team's interest, Rapoport was told.
Carolina has a talented young quarterback and one of the league's better front sevens. Saddled with a 1-3 record, it's on Rivera to flip the switch and change perceptions. It's crystal clear he'll be out of work if this season doesn't end on a bright note.