Panthers Defense 12.0 PPG (4th in NFL) -So, Why no talk about Panthers

National Media highlights the Giants poor performance and not a lot of credit goes to the stout performance of the Carolina defense.

Rivera cares more about what the “locals” say. Rivera: “Our defense has been playing well since the preseason.” Rivera recounts the takeaways and sacks the defense had against Baltimore. Rivera: “We deserve more attention but that’s alright, I have no problem with flying underneath the radar.” “If it fuels the fire more, great let’s do it.”
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Rivera has been under scrutiny lately. Many of the fans have already or are in the midst to jumping off the Rivera ship—calling for his early leave and replacement.

Rivera will keep his job, at least for this season. But perhaps, fans are too quick to throw the flag on Rivera.

There are a lot of struggling teams this year. 5 teams are 0-3. The Panthers are not one of them. Only 5 teams have a better record than the Panthers in the NFC. Rivera: “We’ve got to look to even up the math.”

Fans need to remember that Rivera is a defensive minded coach and this is only his third year as head coach; leading his first team: The Panthers. It is also important to remember that the Panthers finished strong last year.

The defense has played well—even after loosing 4 DB’s against Buffalo.

Rivera may still be in a learning process, a growing process as head coach. The Panthers as a team may still be in a growing process. Growing and progressing is not a bad thing. What is worse is no growth and no improvement. The Panthers continue to add to their depth and continue to build and mature as a team. Rivera is part of that team. Rivera may learn to be more aggressive. Rivera: “We had to score touchdowns.”

Associated Press Mike McCarn

Associated Press Mike McCarn

Cam Newton is also maturing and learning to become a franchise QB. The Panthers get to see a progressing QB grow up before their very eyes. A QB who has broken records and is learning to lead a team. Rivera: I think Cam needs to be involved: Completing passes early, running—getting in a rhythm. Early.” Rivera: “We have to make sure we’re putting him early into the position to have success. That can equate to a lot of good things.” As (Cam) continues to grow and improve and get better, confidence and swagger will grow and bring excitement to and for the team.

Rivera looks to the bye week to evaluate the team and progress and the opportunity to get some of the injured back: D. Edwards; Q. Mikell and others. Rivera: “This bye came at a really good time for us.”

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Rivera is excited about the team and progression of some of the rookies. Star Lotulelei has had an explosive performance. Star is a hard-worker and seems to improve every week. Star is explosive and disruptive; if he does not make the play he gives another player an opportunity to make one.
Rivera: “I’m real excited about what we’ve done and the success we’ve had…and we want to use this as a catalyst going forward.”

Written By: Phillip Boyce
Twitter: phillipjboyce


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2 Responses to “Panthers Defense 12.0 PPG (4th in NFL) -So, Why no talk about Panthers”

  1. Jody says:

    I think what the problem is we finished strong two year in a row. Our def has improved alot and their is no reason why the bills should have been anything close to beating us but everyone seen in was the offensive calling that got us beat. And why did Rivera allow it.
    We can’t afford to lose these games because in the last part of the year we have to be match up against some tough teams that’s not doing good right now and they going to be hungry and we don’t see the same ever in the panthers until their is nothing to lose but riveras job?

  2. Phillip Boyce says:

    Jody you are right we have finished strong two years in a row. We struggled early. The Panthers this season has played against two talented teams and were still in contention to win both but narrowly missed out at the end. As far as I can tell, the players have been put into position to win the games but haven’t risen to the challenge. For example, Norman’s missed coverage at the end of Buffalo’s game to prevent a touchdown. That is the frustrating part. The coaches develop a game plan for the players to execute and come away with a win. Did the Panthers have a chance to win the games? Yes. But came away empty handed. Do I believe R. Rivera has arrived as a head coach? No. But I believe he is progressing into one. And I believe he has the best interests of the team as do most of the players that I have heard. Unfortunately, only time will tell and hopefully a lot of wins in the process.

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