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Ron Rivera extends Panthers stay with new contract

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Ron Rivera has extended his contract as head coach of the Carolina Panthers by three years.

The deal will see him through until the 2017 NFL season, and comes on the back of an impressive season for the Panthers.

Rivera led his team to a 12-4 record in his third year at the franchise, winning the NFC South division title and taking them to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

And Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is convinced there will be more good days ahead:

"The improvement of our team has been reflected in the progress of the record over the last three seasons under Ron, and we look forward to building upon that foundation," he told

Rivera took charge of the Panthers in 2011 and has seen a year-by-year improvement in results.

In 2011 the franchise went 6-10, then 7-9 in 2012 before this seasons impressive run. 

Rivera was named coach of the year by the PFWA in 2013 and with his team winning 11 of the final 12 regular season games it is not difficult to see why Richardson has rewarded the coach with a new deal.

"The team has shown improvement under Ron each year, and he is deserving of the recognition that he has received for the 2013 season," Richardson told the official website.

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