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The Carolina Panthers coaching staff has been on the hot seat for weeks now, and that will not change after this choke job.
There are no excuses for losing a game when you hold a double-digit lead with less than four minutes left in the game, which is exactly what happened against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Bucs drove down the field with one minute left in the fourth quarter without timeouts and scored a touchdown and then converted a two-point conversion.
Making matters worse, Tampa Bay wideout Vincent Jackson burned them for both the touchdown and two-point conversion receptions.
This is not the first time this season that the Panthers defense crumbled on the last drive, as they also surrendered last-minute drives to the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears.
The coaching staff is responsible for the mistakes that are made by their team, so they should be criticized for all of the penalties that were called on their players against the Bucs.
Carolina was flagged 11 times for 91 yards, with many of those penalties coming early in the game and in crunch time.
Ron Rivera is now 8-18 in his tenure with the Panthers, which is not good enough in the NFL. The odds of Rivera and his staff returning for a third season appears to get slimmer by the week.