Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper on Tuesday fired head coach Ron Rivera, two days after a 29-21 home loss to the two win Washington Redskins.

“I believe this is the best decision for the long-term success of our team,” Panthers owner David Tepper said in a statement. “I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community. I wish him the best. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers.”

The move came slightly earlier than expected, but could be foreseen after the Panthers’ performance in the last few weeks.

Rivera won three NFC South titles, made the playoffs four times, was Coach of the Year twice and leaves Carolina with a career regular-season mark of 76-63-1. He owns a 3-4 postseason record, including a appearance in Super Bowl 50 in 2015.