Rivera on the rise

Rivera on the rise

Posted by Bob LeGere on Thu, 10/30/2008 - 14:17
Ron Rivera is working his way back up the coaching ladder after being forced out as the Bears' defensive coordinator following the 2006 Super Bowl season. The former Bears linebacker was promoted earlier this week from inside linebackers coach with the Chargers to their defensive coordinator after Ted Cottrell was fired. Rivera interviewed for several head coaching jobs in his last two seasons with the Bears but when those jobs went to others he was left in limbo after the Bears didn't rehire him. The Chargers' defense was No. 5 in the NFL last season in points allowed, but it has slipped to No. 23 this season, No. 28 in total yards allowed and No. 32 in passing yards allowed. If Rivera can resurrect the underachieving group, he could quickly find himself back on the NFL coaching fast track, which is where many of his former players in Chicago believe he should be. “It's (been) a long time coming,” Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs said of Rivera's promotion. “He should be a head coach by now. I’m happy for him, I’ve got to give him a call and congratulate him. I’m real happy for Ron. It shows his range, too, because he’s been a D-coordinator in the Tampa-2 -- or the Chicago-2 -- and now he’s the coordinator in a 3-4 defense.”
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