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center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo As their Panthers and Cardinals prepare to clash in the NFC Championship game, Rivera was asked at a Charlotte press conference about their relationship.Rivera said he looks up to the Arizona head coach.“When I was a coordinator, certain guys you say, ‘gosh I want to understand him a little bit better,’ ” Rivera said Monday. “You look at what he does, how he does things. I appreciate who he is, how he stays steady. I also appreciate how he stays true to who he is.“Everything he does is attack mode.”The chess match between the offensive play-calling of Arians against the Panthers’ head coach with a defensive background will be a main storyline this week. As ESPN’s Bill Barnwell wrote Sunday, Arians’ decision-making late in games — such as passing against the Packers on Saturday despite the need to wind the clock — may be controversial but may not be as risky as conservative-minded analysts and fans may believe.It’s predictable but nonetheless difficult to coach against.“He’s a little older than me,” Rivera added of Arians. “In coaching, there’s certain people you look up to. He’s always been one of those guys. I’ve always appreciated who he’s been.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, left, greets Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians before an NFL wild card playoff football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)last_img read more

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