Joe Ovies

Time running out for Rivera

Posted October 7, 2013

Interview: Ron Rivera

Remember all those warm and happy thoughts after the Carolina Panthers dominated the New York Giants? Remember talk of momentum heading into a bye-week and a stretch of winnable games?

Well, about that.

Following a 22-6 loss to Arizona, in which the Cardinals just had to play slightly less awful than the Panthers, the focus shifted back to the employment status of head coach Ron Rivera. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the front office has already begun groundwork for a coaching search. 

Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman told ESPN.com that Rapoport's report was "unequivocally false."  However, it doesn't really run counter to a report from Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer following the win over New York that Rivera would not be replaced during the season. It's entirely plausible the Panthers would work back channels while allowing Rivera to play out the string. 

Sunday's loss was a complete team effort. The Panthers made it harder on themselves by committing penalties, blowing scoring opportunities and allowing the Arizona pass rush to harass Cam Newton. Once the Cardinals took the lead with Rashard Mendenhall's rushing touchdown, Carolina pressed down the stretch and mistakes piled up.

Since Newton lives life on that pinnacle, it wasn't a surprise to see blame laid at his feet. 

Newton obviously contributed his own share of mistakes. He threw three interceptions and fumbled. Newton was sacked seven times thanks to offensive line woes, but a couple of them could have been avoided had he thrown the ball away. One sack on third down took the Panthers out of field goal range. 

However, any discussion of Newton's afternoon must include the crucial mistakes by his wide receivers. Steve Smith dropped what should have been a touchdown on the second drive of the game. The Panthers didn't convert a critical fourth down because Brandon LaFell couldn't hold on to the ball. 

And then there's the safety. 

Smith was hit with a questionable pass interference penalty that put the Panthers on their own 5-yard line. On the next play, Ryan Kalil tripped while looking for help from Travelle Wharton. Newton was a sitting duck in the end zone and was sacked for a safety.

Always look on the bright side of life, kids. 

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  • Gunnstigator Oct 8, 7:15 a.m.

    He's done-no excuse for yesterday's no show!! And yes-the Panther's failed to show up!!... View More

    — Posted by baldchip

    The tools are definitely there.

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    Define "tools", Hammer:)

    — Posted by Gunnstigator

    I'm a tool.
    Hammer

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    +1 :)

  • Hammerhead Oct 7, 10:35 p.m.

    He's done-no excuse for yesterday's no show!! And yes-the Panther's failed to show up!!... View More

    — Posted by baldchip

    The tools are definitely there.

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    Define "tools", Hammer:)

    — Posted by Gunnstigator

    I'm a tool.

    Hammer

  • rushbot Oct 7, 9:47 p.m.

    Bring in Bill Cowher, he's the answer to the Panthers problems!!! I would take a payroll... View More

    — Posted by Big Mike

    ....cowher would be foolish to take this job..just like choke tomato taking the ncsu head coaching job..once they fire you, the entire state is no longer your home!!!

  • rushbot Oct 7, 9:45 p.m.

    the fault..21% rivera...14%newton...O line 14%..d team 15%..cheap owner all the rest!!!

  • Gunnstigator Oct 7, 8:09 p.m.

    He's done-no excuse for yesterday's no show!! And yes-the Panther's failed to show up!!... View More

    — Posted by baldchip

    The tools are definitely there.

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    Define "tools", Hammer:)

  • Big Mike Oct 7, 8:08 p.m.

    Bring in Bill Cowher, he's the answer to the Panthers problems!!! I would take a payroll deduction to get Bill down to Charlotte. Panthers need a disciplinarian. Someone who gets the players attention byjust being there! Right now and unfortunately were playing like the "Pansy Panthers" !

  • Gunnstigator Oct 7, 8:07 p.m.

    Panthers will finish anywhere from 1-15 to 7-9 ..... another losing record. I think Rivera is a... View More

    — Posted by PanthersFan45

    I listened to Mick Mixon on the Adam and Joe show today, and even HE was downtrodden after yesterday's game. Knowing the Panthers, they won't be bad enough to get the #1 pick (that "honor" will go to the Jags).

  • Gunnstigator Oct 7, 8:02 p.m.

    Lots of Cam haters. I think he has amazing physical skill, but it doesn't go above his shoulders, unfortunately. He is NOT smart, and most QB's ARE intelligent. I think he'll want to leave after his rookie contract is up, which I think is after this season. I can only hope the Panthers don't put the franchise tag on him.

    As for Rivera, he's such a nice guy, it's hard to hate on him, but I don't think he's getting the job done. Probably time to clean house. The Panthers have some really good players, but not enough to make the playoffs.

  • Gunnstigator Oct 7, 7:54 p.m.

    Maybe they can get Bill Cowher to give up the TWC commercials.

    — Posted by claytontarheel

    I wish! Those are downright awful!!! He can't need the $$$ that badly.

  • bigcurt919 Oct 7, 6:57 p.m.

    Watching that game yesterday made me sick I should of vomited. Their schedule for the rest of this season do not get any easier somebody need to step up on the panthers and light a fire under their @#$ and give them some drive motivation or something cause its the same ole **** and its getting old. Point blank the panthers need to play like they got a big *** chip on their shoulders for the rest of the season

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