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Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:14:27 -0800
The absence of DE Greg Hardy has impacted the Carolina Panthers' defense this season, according to coach Ron Rivera, because it has made the defense more inconsistent. "People have got to game plan for him and do certain things with protections. It would help to have him. We don't. So, unfortunately, we go on and do the best that we can without him," Rivera said.
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:52:05 -0800
Carolina Panthers DT Star Lotulelei (ankle) did not suffer a high-ankle sprain in the team's Week 10 game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:44:58 -0800
Carolina Panthers CB Bene Benwikere (ankle) is expected to practice Wednesday, Nov. 11, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:02:35 -0700
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly will not be fined after being ejected in the team's Week 7 game for making contact with an official. The NFL informed head coach Ron Rivera that Kuechly should not have been ejected for the incident.
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:35:41 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said RB Darrin Reaves, WR Stephen Hill or WR Marcus Lucas could be promoted form the practice squad to provide roster depth.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:03:18 -0700
The Carolina Panthers will not discipline DE Greg Hardy at this point after being found guilty of assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend until after an appeal is heard. "We are in a process and we're letting the process play its way out," coach Ron Rivera said. "Because of that, we're following through with the situation, set of circumstances. We're not trying to do anything below board or way above board.
"We're trying to go through the process as we understand it. We're going to do the best we can. The players have handled it tremendously well. It's been really hard on them I know, as far as those things. But again, get on the football field and be able to handle those situations, circumstances, that's what the guys have done."
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 06:10:41 -0700
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) could be held out of the team's Week 1 game by head coach Ron Rivera. Rivera may hold him back to make sure he is healthy for the rest of the season.
Fantasy Tip: With a FantasyScore price of $6,800 (13.60% of cap), Newton is an extremely risky play. If he gets into the game, it may be tough for him to live up to expectations.
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:13:26 -0700
Carolina Panthers SS Tre Boston (hernia) is moving around well and is expected to return to practice Sunday, Aug. 24, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) may practice Saturday, Aug. 2, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:47:14 -0700
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) tested his surgically repaired ankle Tuesday, June 17, and did more than head coach Ron Rivera was expecting. Newton did not participate in any team drills after taking three and five-step drops on passes to wide receivers. "I think I'm on schedule to make a speedy recovery," Newton said after practice. "We are in the last curve and I am just trying to be smart about it, do everything that the trainers ask of me and more and see where that gets me."
Fantasy Tip: Newton appears to be right on track in his recovery from ankle surgery. As long as there are no setbacks, he should be good to go for training camp.
Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:04:40 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach head coach Ron Rivera said he believes QB Cam Newton (ankle) is on or ahead of schedule in his four-month recovery schedule. "We feel pretty comfortable," Rivera said. "We feel he's headed in the right direction."
Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:15:29 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said it is more important to protect QB Cam Newton than to get another offensive weapon. "I think protecting him (is more important),"Rivera said. "You have so many opportunities to get play makers on the field. Other than the quarterback there are five other guys who can make plays for you. I think right now what we've done is bring in guys who have the ability to make plays for us. I feel very comfortable with that."
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:34:53 -0700
Contrary to previous reports, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said the team would be interested in free-agent WR DeSean Jackson (Eagles). "We'd be interested. He's an intriguing player and we'll take a look at him," Rivera said. "I just got word and this is surprising to hear. He's an explosive player who has great vertical speed and is strong going to the ball."
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:16:47 -0800
The Carolina Panthers are still in the process of trying to find what role WR Steve Smith will play in 2014, if any. "We've got a lot to go through. A lot of things have changed," head coach Ron Rivera said, referring to Jordan Gross' retirement. "We've got free agency that's coming up that we've got to look at as well. There's a lot of things that are really going to be there that are really going to make some things tough for us. How big a role he has for us is to be determined. We've got a lot of things to decide."
Sat, 01 Feb 2014 17:39:08 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was named the 2013 Coach of the Year by The Associated Press Saturday, Feb. 1. He edged out Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid for the honor.
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:45:25 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera will make between $4 million and $5 million per year as part of his new three-year extension, according to a source. The deal includes playoff incentives.
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:21:20 -0800
The Carolina Panthers signed head coach Ron Rivera to a three-year contract extension Tuesday, Jan. 28. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:12:27 -0800
The Carolina Panthers will have reached out to head coach Ron Rivera to begin negotiations on a contract extension. The team could sign Rivera to a one-year extension, but a longer-term deal is more likely.
Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:43:44 -0800
General manager David Gettleman said he has the ultimate faith in head coach Ron Rivera. Rivera enters the final year of his contract in 2014, but Gettleman would not discuss that situation.
Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:34:48 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he expects all his assistant coaches to return in 2014.
Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:05:34 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (knee) was "not that limited" in practice Wednesday, Jan. 8, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Tue, 24 Dec 2013 10:48:04 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said QB Cam Newton's (ankle) ankle is fine.
Tue, 24 Dec 2013 10:27:43 -0800
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) will be doubtful for the team's Week 17 game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:35:16 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (knee) has been ruled out for the team's Week 17 game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Smith is dealing with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament.
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 10:49:00 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said WR Steve Smith (finger) is ready to go for the team's Week 16 game.
Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:18:05 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (finger) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 19. Head coach Ron Rivera is not concerned and is expecting him to play in Week 16.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:05:23 -0800
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) will be listed as doubtful for the team's Week 15 game, but is likely to be downgraded to out before the game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:42:51 -0800
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (quadriceps) is expected to practice Wednesday, Dec. 4, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:23:20 -0800
Carolina Panthers RB Mike Tolbert (knee) is expected to play in the team's Week 13 game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:22:34 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he expects RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) to play in the teams Week 13 game.
Fantasy Tip: If Stewart is on the field in Week 13, he is worth getting into your lineup, even with a tough match up in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Sat, 16 Nov 2013 07:32:23 -0800
Carolina Panthers LB A.J. Klein will start again in the team's Week 11 game and got the praise of head coach Ron Rivera. "He's got good vision, drops well into coverage and plays laterally very nicely, so that part of it's good," Rivera said. "The thing I do like is he's a downhill, physical player."
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:43:38 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said LB Chase Blackburn (foot) is sore, but there is nothing requiring surgery.
Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:52:42 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said that OG Nate Chandler will get the start at left guard in Week 10.
Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:43:45 -0800
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera confirmed OL Sione Fua has moved to the offensive line. "He's powerful, smart and has great footwork," says Rivera.
Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:56:02 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera acknowledges that he has become much more aggressive in going for it on fourth downs after the team's heartbreaking loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 2. Rivera was the second-most conservative coach in the league in his first 34 games in trying fourth-down conversions. "It's about trying to make a statement," Rivera said of his fourth-down risks. "And it's probably also honestly one of the things that I've learned. Sometimes you play by the book and you miss opportunities. It's been an enlightening situation for me. One of the things that I want to try to do is to make sure we are in the best position to win. And the other realization is kicking field goals is obviously not good enough." Rivera has had his team go for it on fourth-and-one four times in the last three games, and they have converted on three of those plays.
Fantasy Tip: This probably doesn't make a ton of difference in the long run, but the more confidence Rivera has in his offense to sustain drives, the more confidence Cam Newton and Co. will likely have in executing their plays.
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:37:53 -0700
Carolina Panthers DT Dwan Edwards (hamstring) did not suffer any setbacks, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Rivera said it will take time for Edwards hamstring to heal.
Sun, 06 Oct 2013 09:53:28 -0700
The Carolina Panthers have begun background checks on possible head coaching candidates that could be options if the team decides to fire head coach Ron Rivera after the season.
Sun, 06 Oct 2013 07:19:56 -0700
The Carolina Panthers have begun laying the groundwork for a new coach to replace current head coach Ron Rivera. The team is doing background checks on coaching candidates.
Thu, 03 Oct 2013 12:32:05 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera does not think DT Dwan Edwards (hamstring) will be available for the team's Week 5 game.
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 06:30:29 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera will not be fired during the season, according to a source.
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 10:10:36 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said S Michael Mitchell will start at safety in Week 3. Either S D.J. Moore or S Colin Jones will likely start at the other safety position.
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:02:35 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he's not partial to running a high-octane, up-tempo offense in the NFL. The Panthers and QB Cam Newton ran a league-low 50 total plays in Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks. "I'm not quite sure what the real, true benefit is other than having a few more plays," Rivera said. "People say, 'Well, you get 75, 80 plays going faster.' You also can go 1-2-3 and out faster and put the other team back on the field faster. So which is it?" Newton also attempted only three passes of more than 10 yards down the field.
Fantasy Tip: Newton is playing in a more conservative, ball-control offense that has limited his fantasy value. However, the Panthers realize this and are planning on opening up their playbook a little more. Newton should have more success in Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills defense.
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 09:47:50 -0700
Carolina Panthers OL Garry Williams (knee) will have an MRI on his knee, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:38:32 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kealoha Pilares (knee) is expected to undergo an MRI this weekend for a knee issue, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:16:57 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) is on schedule in his rehab from offseason ankle surgery and sounded optimistic about the possibility of Stewart being ready for Week 1.
Fantasy Tip: Stewart has not been able to practice since training camp started because he had surgery on both of his ankles this offseason. His status for the start of the season is uncertain and likely will have to share carries with DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert when he is ready to play. Stewart should be considered as a flex option in leagues.
Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:06:47 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is pleased with how the team's roster has taken shape in the offseason. "I've been impressed with what we've been doing in free agency, the different ideas and the way (Gettleman) is trying to manage the cap and restructure things to help us," Rivera said. "And the way he's worked with Rob Rogers and Brandon Beane and Mark Koncz, those guys have really done a great job as a group working with Don Gregory and his scouting staff."
Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:16:49 -0700
The Carolina Panthers have to play to their abilities, and pick up where they left off in 2012, according to head coach Ron Rivera. "Everybody wants to do to start fast, but the key for us more so than anything else is coming out and playing well from the beginning, from Day One," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. "We have to play to our abilities, have to pick up where we left off last year and be better.
"It's about doing things the right way, and then the wins will take care of themselves."
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 07:13:40 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he was not issued a make-the-playoffs-or-else ultimatum from owner Jerry Richardson; however, he knows there is a sense of urgency heading into 2013. "I understand we need to win - and he knows I understand that," Rivera said. "He's been forthright and direct. Now it's up to me." The Panthers went 6-10 and 7-9 the past two seasons under Rivera.
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:56:32 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he reached out to Norv Turner regarding the team's offensive coordinator position before Turner opted to become the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator. "He and I did talk. We talked about the opening. One thing he told me was he had a lot to think about," Rivera said. "I had heard that (Browns CEO) Joe Banner called him directly during that whole process. That's the hard part because you don't know when or what went on in that conversation."
Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:59:52 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is expected to hire one of the team's pro scouts, and former NFL QB, Ken Dorsey as his quarterbacks coach, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday, Jan. 22.