Do you really think Rivera thinks he's going to keep his job after this season? He's not trying to save his job, he's trying to send a message to his team. I get it, you don't like Rivera, that's okay, but please go back to using logic again.
Was there a good reason to fire the ST coach? Not really. Nothing changed, other than Rivera got his buddy a promotion and probably a pay increase for the rest of the year until the entire staff gets gutted. Same with Medlock. He's misses three FGs, you fire him even though you don't let him even attempt long FGs because you "don't want to hurt his confidence." Joe Adams fumbles twice, you fire him from PR duties even though he's the best PR on the team. Rivers is just an idiot, through and through. I'm sure he's a nice guy and a good DC, but he's a horrible HC who was no clue how to manage personnel or a coaching staff.
Was there a good reason to fire the ST coach? You mean besides numerous PR TDs over the last couple of years costing us games? Besides not being able to block for any of our returners?
What did Joe Adams do as a returner other than drop punts? For that matter, if your returner drops everything that's kicked to him, what's he going to be able to contribute? That was absolutely the right decision -- make Adams learn how to catch before you put him in a position to fail.
I agree that Rivera needs to be more fiery and really get guys going, but I think he's made mostly right personnel decisions this year. I think he's trying things that he thinks give the team the best chance to win.
I like what he's done with Nakamura and Martin on defense, trying to put them each in positions to succeed. I like him moving Munnerlyn inside in nickel packages. I like the strategic use of Davis earlier in the year, when he wasn't in every down. I like the way they're handling the defensive front, moving Hardy inside to get another DE on the field. I like that they're trying to find the right formula for Williams and Stewart, even if I don't think they've got it right quite yet. I like that they've gotten guy like Pilares, Edwards, and Barnidge involved offensively (and I think we'll start seeing Gettis used that way soon too), even if I wish they'd do more of it.
There's plenty not to like, but I don't think personnel decisions are among them.
What was firing the ST coach going to do? It was nothing more than a symbolic gesture. Firing a guy and hiring the guy that is his assistant is going to do zero for you on the field.
Joe Adams at least has shown a little burst as a PR. Munnerlyn is garbage at it. No one else can even field one. You may as well put Adams out there, let him take his lumps, and allow him to improve.
I don't hate what he's done with Martin and Nakamura, at least lately. Then again, if they had started giving Martin more chances earlier in the year, maybe we don't lose to the Falcons. Nakamura's play forced them to play Martin some, and he's actually shown pretty well because of it. The way they've managed Stewart and Williams is atrocious. Really terrible. You pay two backs so much money (not to mention Tolbert), then you hardly utilize them, and when you do, it is a half-assed effort.
Rivera is just bad. He can't manage a game, he shows no passion, he can't motivate anyone, and his personnel decisions are bad. He may be a good defensive mind, but he hasn't shown a bit of head coaching potential in Charlotte.