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Video: Panthers Look to Take Down the Seahawks in Week 15 Battle

Week 15 will see a battle between the Panthers and Seahawks as the Panthers look to improve to 6-8 on the season.

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Video: Panthers Defense Can’t Stop the Falcons Offense in 40-20 Loss in Atlanta

The Panthers with a new coach got the same results as they were beat up on defense by Matt Ryan and the Falcons, falling in Atlanta 40-20.

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Panthers Announce Signing of LB Shaq Thompson to Four-Year Extension

The Panthers are opening up the pocket books, as the team has announced they have inked linebacker Shaq Thompson to a four-year, $54.2 million extension that includes $28 million guaranteed.

Agent Doug Hendrickson told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the deal has a max value of $57 million and contains a $16 million signing bonus.

The 25-year-old this season in 12 games has three sacks. He has 9.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception in his career.

He was the Panthers first-round pick in 2015.

“Shaq is our type of person and our type of player,” general manager Marty Hurney said.

“He’s proven that he can play linebacker at a very high level, and he’s got all the traits you want. He’s smart, he’s physical, he can run and he’s very versatile. He fits the blueprint for what we want at the position.”

This season, Thompson has recorded a career-high 93 tackles (101 according to coaches’ stats) and three sacks along with three passes defensed.

In five NFL seasons, Thompson has career totals of 394 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 13 passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown.

Panthers Release Veteran Wide Out Donte Moncrief

It’s not been a good season for wide receiver Donte Moncrief, as for the second time this season the veteran has been released.

Friday the Panthers announced that they put Moncrief on waivers. The team used the roster spot to promote wide receiver/kick returner Greg Dortch from the practice squad.

The year for Moncrief started in Pittsburgh with the Steelers, but he never got on track after dropping four passes in the Steelers 33-3 opening night loss at New England.

He didn’t see the field much after that, and was waived by the Steelers before coming to the Panthers in early November.

In five games with Pittsburgh Moncrief had four catches for 18 yards in five games. He had no catches in three games for the Panthers.

Dortch returned two punts for 11 yards and two kickoffs for 52 yards against the Titans earlier this season.

Video: Panthers Travel to Atlanta to Take on the Falcons in NFC South Week 14 Showdown

The Panthers take the field for the first time in nine seasons Sunday without Ron Rivera as their head coach as they take on Atlanta, hoping to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Falcons.

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Ron Rivera Out After Nine Seasons as Panthers Head Coach

A tough season filled with hard to swallow losses and no playoffs made the decision for the Panthers easy on Tuesday – head coach Ron Rivera is out after nine seasons as the team’s head coach.

Tuesday’s move was made by Panthers owner David Tepper, two days after the team suffered a bad 29-21 home loss to the Washington Redskins, who entered the game with just two wins.

“I believe this is the best decision for the long-term success of our team,” Tepper said in a statement.

“I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community. I wish him the best. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers.

“We are going to take a comprehensive and thorough review of our football operation to make sure we are structured for long-term sustained success,” Tepper said.

“Our vision is to find the right mix of old-school discipline and toughness with modern and innovative processes. We will consider a wide range of football executives to complement our current football staff. One change that we will implement is hiring an assistant general manager and vice president of football operations. We all must recognize that this is the first step in a process, but we are committed to building and maintaining a championship culture for our team and our fans.”

For now, secondary coach Perry Fewell will be the teams interim head coach. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will transition to special assistant to the head coach, and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner will serve as offensive coordinator.

Rivera’s time with the Panthers ends with a mark of 76-63-1 in the regular-season record and a 3-4 postseason record.

He was a two-time NFL Coach of the Year and took the team to Super Bowl 50 before losing to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, California.

The last two seasons with injuries to quarterback Cam Newton were frustrating to the entire organization, and the team felt it with Rivera leading them to a mark of just 12-16.

Panthers Suffer Bad Home Loss to the Redskins in 29-21 Setback

The Panthers run defense allowed 248 yards rushing to the Redskins, and blew a first quarter 14-3 lead as they fell to Washington 29-21. The loss drops Carolina to 5-7, 2-4 at home.

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NFL Week 13 Inactives: Redskins at Panthers

Here’s today’s inactives for the Redskins and Panthers week 13 matchup.

Redskins

CB Aaron Colvin
LB Ryan Kerrigan
QB Colt McCoy
C Ross Pierschbacher
S Jeremy Reaves
WR Paul Richardson
RB Wendell Smallwood

Panthers

CB Corn Elder
DE Marquis Haynes
DE Wes Horton
LB Jordan Kunaszyk
OT Greg Little
C Brad Lundblade
WR Brandon Zylstra

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