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Panthers look to buck trend, return to Super Bowl after loss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Ron Rivera isn't giving his team a free pass this offseason when it comes to hard work. In fact, the Carolina Panthers coach is pushing his players to work even harder after a 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. Just look at the team's recent minicamp, where Rivera brought his players together at midfield on multiple occasions to let them know...
Via Associated Press
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Carolina Panthers capsule

CAROLINA PANTHERS (17-2) OPEN CAMP: July 28, Spartanburg, South Carolina LAST YEAR: Panthers won third straight NFC South championship under NFL Coach of Year Ron Rivera and went to Super Bowl for second time in franchise history before losing to Denver 24-10. Quarterback Cam Newton had breakout season, winning league MVP honors while scoring combined 45 touchdowns. Carolina had...
Via Associated Press
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Ron Rivera: Panthers considered drafting Blaine Gabbert over Cam Newton

Way back in April of 2011, the Carolina Panthers were the worst team in the NFL and in desperate need of a franchise savior. Luckily for them, they owned the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. With a desperate need at the quarterback position, Carolina was set on taking one at the top of the draft. Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, and Jake Locker were all promising prospects, and...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ron Rivera says Panthers considered Blaine Gabbert over Cam Newton

Back in 2011, the Carolina Panthers had a chance to land Andrew Luck in the NFL Draft. He was the undoubted No. 1 overall pick, which the Panthers held, had he left Stanford. Luck opted to stay for another season, leaving Carolina with a much tougher decision to make at the top of the draft. Cam Newton became the team's best option, and he was obviously the right one, but he wasn...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers almost drafted Blaine Gabbert first overall in 2011

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera can remember back in 2011, when his franchise was attempting to decide on a quarterback with the first overall pick in the draft. The Panthers eventually picked Cam Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner from Auburn. But Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert was very much in play for the top pick. “Remember, we had the No. 1 pick, and we were talking...
Via The Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers working on contract extension for Ron Rivera

After a near-perfect regular season and getting the Carolina Panthers to their second Super Bowl in franchise history, head coach Ron Rivera will get rewarded. Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports, the Panthers have reached out to Rivera to begin work on a contract extension, his second in two years after receiving a three-year extension following the 2013 season. Rivera...
Via The Sports Daily
February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Cam Newton: ‘I’m an African-American QB that may scare a lot of people’

Cam Newton quickly has become one of the most polarizing figures in sports. The Carolina Panthers quarterback is the favorite to win the NFL MVP for the 2015 season, and he has the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. But his play often was overshadowed by his touchdown celebrations, and some fanbases, like Seattle Seahawks fans, have taken things to the extreme as a result. And Newton...
January 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Ron Rivera bans Panthers from using hoverboards

Don’t expect to see Cam Newton on a hoverboard anytime soon. Panthers coach Ron Rivera has banned his players from using hoverboards due to the injury risk and the viral videos – and the fact that two of his players saw fit to drag race on them. Ron Rivera banned hoverboards because he saw them blowing up on YouTube. Plus he saw two guys dragracing in the hallway — Jonathan...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Rivera says Panthers will end bat tradition, takes shot at NFL

The Carolina Panthers will no longer carry a baseball bat out of the tunnel with them before games. On Tuesday, Carolina head coach Ron Rivera told reporters that he did not hear any of his players threatening Odell Beckham Jr. or taunting the Giants receiver with homophobic slurs. Despite that, Rivera said the baseball bat tradition will end so he doesn’t have to deal with a...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Ron Rivera: Being underdog vs. Dallas is 'a little disrespectful'

The Carolina Panthers are 10-0 and somehow they were listed as underdogs on the point spread for their Thursday game against the 3-7 Dallas Cowboys. During his Monday news conference, a media member asked Panthers head coach Ron Rivera if being an underdog at Dallas felt disrespectful. He agreed. “We’ll just take it in stride,” Rivera said via the Charlotte Observer. “As...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

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