Panthers shake up coaching staff

When owner Jerry Richardson decided to let Ron Rivera stay as coach of the Carolina Panthers on Saturday, you pretty much knew there would be some other movement.

After going 7-9, Rivera had to convince Richardson he had some changes in mind that would help turn things around.

Well, some of those changes came on Tuesday. The Panthers announced they have fired running backs coach John Settle, receivers coach Fred Graves and linebackers coach Warren Belin.

“These were tough decisions because each of these coaches has played an instrumental role on our staff over the last two seasons,” Rivera said. “However, I have decided to go in a different direction at these positions.”