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11. Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers

2012 Record: 4-9

Season High Point: Dominant 30-13 win over the then 11-1 Atlanta Falcons in Week 13.

Season Low Point: 27-21 overtime loss to Tampa Bay at home in Week 11.

Outlook: Not great. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson fired longtime GM Marty Hurney in October, but opted to let Rivera, the second-year Panthers coach, finish out his second season in Charlotte. The Panthers have won just three games since Hurney was let go, but have been competitive in just about every loss. Cam Newton’s shown flashes of brilliance and the defense has, indeed, improved, but the Panthers will likely look to rebuild — from top to bottom — this offseason. Sunday’s blowout of the Falcons showed what the Panthers can be when they put it all together. Unfortunately, that was the first time they’ve put it all together this season.

Schrager Forecast: 80 percent chance of pink slip. - Peter Schrager (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

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