Carolina decided to make the call to fire its head coach Ron Rivera last week rather than at the end of the season. Ironically, it was after a home loss against Washington, who fired its head coach Jon Gruden after an 0-5 start.

The Panthers will soon find out if it was worth it. Yes, Carolina doesn’t look good and will miss a playoff trip.

Keenan Betz: 409-683-5237, keenan.betz@galvnews.com or on Twitter @surebetkeenan

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