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Former Coach Ron Rivera Raises Over $30,000 for Charity Selling Panthers Items

Twenty-four hours after new Redskins coach Ron Rivera unloaded Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman from his roster, he unloaded more than 1,000 items he accumulated in nine seasons with the Panthers ESPN reports.

Only this time it was for charity.

Rivera and his wife, Stephanie, held a yard sale on Saturday at the Humane Society of Charlotte with the entire $30,237 raised going toward a new campus and research facility for one of their favorite charities during their time in the Queen City.

Approximately 3,000 people stood in line for the opportunity to purchase everything from one of the countless T-shirts Rivera had made with inspirational and promotional slogans to the military paraphernalia he acquired working with the USO of North Carolina to the shoes he wore on the sidelines.

Former players Luke Kuechly, Greg Olsen and Cam Newton also contributed items to help the Humane Society reach its goal of $15 million needed to build what vice president of philanthropy Dona Stucker called a facility in a “real bad state of disrepair.”

Even Rivera’s dogs, a full-blooded golden retriever named Tahoe and Sierra, a mixed-breed adopted from this shelter, contributed to the fundraiser with leashes, collars, dog beds and even a dog crate.

Panthers to Work Out QB Cam Newton in March Before Any Decisions

Before they make a decision about his future, the Panthers will work out quarterback Cam Newton on the field in March.

“They want to at least give him a shot, see where he’s at,” a team source told ESPN. “Then we’ll see what happens.” The 30-year-old former league MVP missed all but two games in 2019 due to a Lisfranc injury to his foot and finally underwent surgery in December after rest and rehab proved insufficient.

There are concerns that his body may be breaking down due to years of hard hits and fearless play, considering the played with a shoulder injury for most of the 2018 season and had to undergo surgery.

For his part, Newton has made it clear that he wants to stay in Carolina and believes that he will be a Panther in 2020.

Newton has been linked to trade rumors, but letting him play out the final year of his deal “isn’t a far-fetched scenario.” The Panthers would save $19.1 million in cap space if they move on from Newton.

But they would also lose the man who has been both the heart and the face of the franchise ever since he was drafted No.1-overall in 2011. True franchise quarterbacks do not grow and trees and it is clear the Panthers are going to be thorough and cautious before deciding to jettison theirs and start over.

Panthers Hire Baylor DC Phil Snow as New Defensive Coordinator

The Panthers have hired former Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Snow to fill the same position for Matt Rhule in the NFL according to Max Henson and Will Bryan of panthers.com.

The 64-year-old Snow has now followed Rhule at all three of his last coaching stops at Temple, Baylor, and Carolina. He has also served as DC at several other schools including UCLA, Washington, Arizona State, and Boise State.

While Snow has spent most of his career at the college level, the did serve as the Lions’ LBs coach from 2006-08.

With both his offensive and defensive coordinators taking on that role for the first time in the pros, it seems likely the Panthers will look to add some actually NFL coaching experience to their staff.

Both ex-Giants coach Ben McAdoo and former Chargers head coach Mike McCoy have been recently interviewed for the vacant QBs coach position.

Panthers Owner David Tepper Says Matt Rhule Can Be the Next Chuck Noll

Matt Rhule will be introduced this week as the fifth full-time head coach in the short history of the Carolina Panthers.

Owner David Tepper, less than two years removed from taking control of the franchise, hopes Rhule will build something to last for decades, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

“I think Matt Rhule can come in here and build an organization for the next 30 or 40 years,” Tepper told the team website, hours after agreeing to terms with Rhule. “He can build it.”

Courted by Tepper’s Panthers as well as the New York Giants, Rhule, Baylor’s coach for the past three seasons, had his pick of coaching vacancies and the leverage to hand-pick his contract. The Panthers eventually offered a monster seven-year, $62 million deal with incentives, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, and Rhule accepted Tuesday.

The sizable offer reflected not only Rhule’s value as one of the hottest college candidates in recent memory but Tepper’s vision for and deep investment in the coach and the Panthers franchise. A former minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tepper invoked the legacy of one particular Steelers skipper as a standard by which to judge Rhule: Chuck Noll.

“He built a program that has lasted through three coaches,” Tepper said of the four-time Super Bowl-champion coach. “That’s what I hope Matt Rhule can do for us here. He’s a program builder.”

In addition to listing how impressive Rhule is as a “people manager,” a player developer and a “head coach,” Tepper pointed out that his connection with Rhule runs deeper than football.

“He dresses like (expletive) and sweats all over himself. He dresses like me, so I have to love the guy,” Tepper said with a laugh. “I was a short-order cook, he was a short-order cook. Nobody gave him anything, nobody game me anything.”

Carolina Lands Baylor’s Matt Rhule as Panthers’ New Head Coach

The Panthers have landed their man, as the team and Baylor head coach Matt Rhule have come to terms to take over as the Panthers top man.

Panthers team owner David Tepper spent Monday with Rhule and his family in Waco, Texas, and didn’t want to risk Rhule getting on a plane to go elsewhere, the NFL Network reported.

Yahoo Sports first reported that the two sides were finalizing an agreement. Many felt that Rhule would find his way to New York to be the coach of the Giants, who hired Patriots special teams/wide receivers coach Joe Judge Tuesday.

Prior to landing the job with Temple, Rhule served as an assistant offensive line coach for the New York Giants during the 2012 season under Tom Coughlin.

Rhule replaces Ron Rivera, who was fired toward the end of the 2019 season and was replaced by defensive backs coach Perry Fewell in the interim.

Video: Panthers Wrap Up 2019 Season with Showdown with the Saints

The Saints are still looking for home field in the NFC, while the Panthers are looking to play the spoiler in Sunday’s NFC South battle.

Here’s a preview:

Video: Panthers Allow Two Punt Return TDs, Blown Out by Colts 38-6

The Panthers were beat up and down Sunday in Indy by the Colts, as they allowed a pair of punt returns for scores in a 38-6 setback.

Here’s the highlights:

NFL Week 16 Inactives – Panthers vs Colts

Here’s today’s inactives for the Panthers at Colts week 16 showdown.

Panthers: LB Shaq Thomson, LB Marquis Haynes, DT Woodrow Hamilton, OL Matt Kaskey, CB Corn Elder, DE Christian Miller, DB T.J. Green

Colts: CB Kenny Moore, DT Denico Autry, CB Quincy Wilson, QB Chad Kelly, OT Le’Raven Clark, WR Chad Williams, OG Jake Eldlrenkamp

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