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Carolina Panthers’ Ron Rivera on DeSean Jackson: “We’d Be Interested”
March 28th, 2014 at 3:48 PM
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivers knows that his team has a major hole at wide receiver and a potential fit just hit the open market as the Philadelphia Eagles released DeSean Jackson. DeSean Jackson has big-time top end speed and can stretch the field vertically as well as any...

Birth of ‘Riverboat Ron’ Sparked Carolina Panthers’ Remarkable Run to NFC South Crown
January 1st, 2014 at 7:27 AM
What a regular season for the Carolina Panthers. The 2013 campaign began in a way that everyone had seen before. It ended in a way that nobody saw coming — as NFC South champions. The Panthers were crowned division champs with a 21-20 victory over the Falcons at the Georgia Dome on Sunday...

Coming up Clutch: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers Flipping Script in Close Games
December 27th, 2013 at 8:43 AM
With Sunday's 17-13 win over the New Orleans Saints, the Carolina Panthers clinched the fifth playoff berth in franchise history, and first since 2008. The excitement surrounding the team, which has won 10 of 11 games heading into Week 17, is at an all-time high. With a victory against the Falcons...

Carolina Panthers Midseason Report Card: Secondary, Special Teams and Coaching
November 9th, 2013 at 8:10 AM
After an 0-2 start, the Carolina Panthers have won four straight and five of six to improve to 5-3 and pull within one game of the New Orleans Saints for the NFC South lead. With 2013 NFL regular season officially halfway over, Panthers 101 is doling out midseason grades for each...

‘Riverboat’ Ron Rivera Deserves Credit for Surging Carolina Panthers
October 26th, 2013 at 9:15 AM
I've been highly critical of Ron Rivera in the past, denouncing, among other things, his ultra-conservative coaching style. But following the team's heart-wrenching loss to Buffalo in Week 2, Rivera had an epiphany. He was reborn as a brand new coach, whom the media have aptly dubbed "Riverboat" Ron. The Panthers are...

Carolina Panthers’ DeAngelo Williams Credits Hot Start to Rob Chudzinski’s Exit
September 25th, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, who is third in the NFL with 294 rushing yards through three games, is off to a great start in 2013. Williams credits the uptick in production to the departure of former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who was hired as head coach of the Cleveland...

Why Did the Carolina Panthers Keep Ron Rivera?
September 18th, 2013 at 8:30 PM
Here's another take on the Ron Rivera debacle by Brian Collin: The Carolina Panthers' second close fourth-quarter loss of the season on Sunday, a 24-23 heartbreaking defeat to the Buffalo Bills, was anything but unpredictable. The agonizing defeat continued a disturbing trend, as the Panthers lost five of their first seven...

Cry Me a Rivera: Coaching Blunders Continue to Cost Carolina Panthers
September 17th, 2013 at 8:45 AM
I wanted to believe in Ron Rivera this season. I wanted to believe that all the close losses - a dozen by a touchdown or less - over the 2011 and 2012 seasons were not in vain. I wanted to believe that after starting slow the last two seasons, the Panthers would...

Wait, What? Adam Schein Says Carolina Panthers ‘Going Nowhere’ with Ron Rivera, Cam Newton
May 12th, 2013 at 6:05 AM
NFL.com's Adam Schein gave his thoughts about the Carolina Panthers' upcoming 2013 season in an article last week. Schein, who co-hosts several New York sports talk radio programs, believes the Panthers "don't have a chance for anything" this season. He goes on to call the Panthers "the worst team in the NFC...

Carolina Panthers Hire Bruce DeHaven, Lance Taylor to Complete Coaching Staff
February 6th, 2013 at 7:15 PM
After several tumultuous weeks filled with firings, hirings, departures and promotions, the Carolina Panthers 2013 coaching staff is finally complete. The team put the finishing touches on the remade staff on Tuesday, hiring the well-traveled Bruce DeHaven and former Appalachian State assistant Lance Taylor, according to the Charlotte Observer. DeHaven, who has...

Two Former Carolina Panthers Defenders Get NFL Coaching Jobs
February 4th, 2013 at 7:05 AM
Two former Carolina Panthers defenders are making a comeback. Except this time, Brentson Buckner and Chris Harris will be wearing headsets instead of helmets. Buckner, who played defensive tackle for the Panthers for 2001-2005, is set to join the Arizona Cardinals as the defensive line coach, according to the Charlotte Observer. After retiring...

Carolina Panthers Hire Al Holcomb as Linebackers Coach
January 25th, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Continuity on the coaching staff has been the theme of the Carolina Panthers' brief but busy offseason. Over the past two weeks, the team has filled four vacant positions with in-house candidates.   On Friday, the Panthers finally elected to hire an outsider. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, New York Giants assistant...

Carolina Panthers Promote Ken Dorsey to Quarterbacks Coach
January 24th, 2013 at 8:24 PM
Surprise, surprise. The Carolina Panthers stayed in-house to fill yet another vacant coaching position. This time, the team promoted Ken Dorsey to quarterbacks coach, the Charlotte Observer reported on Tuesday. Mike Shula previously held the role until he was promoted to offensive coordinator last week. Dorsey, who has spent the last two seasons in...

Carolina Panthers Promote Mike Shula to OC, Fans Groan in Dismay
January 18th, 2013 at 9:06 PM
As it turns out, the Carolina Panthers didn't have to look far to find Rob Chudzinski's successor at offensive coordinator. ***PHOTO1*** The team promoted quarterbacks coach Mike Shula to the vacant position on Friday, according to the Charlotte Observer. The Panthers also promoted two other members of the coaching staff. Assistant receivers coach...

Carolina Panthers Narrow Offensive Coordinator Search to Three Candidates
January 17th, 2013 at 10:10 PM
According to a report by the Associated Press, the Carolina Panthers interviewed quarterbacks coach Mike Shula for the open offensive coordinator position on Wednesday. Shula will join Former Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur and current Cincinnati Bengals assistant coach Hue Jackson as finalists for job, a source close to the...

Cleveland Browns Hire Carolina Panthers OC Rob Chudzinski as Head Coach
January 12th, 2013 at 6:05 AM
Rob Chudzinski has come full circle as an NFL coach. In 2004, the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator got his first opportunity in pro football when the Cleveland Browns hired him as tight ends coach. Nine years later, the man cordially known as "Chud" is back in Cleveland - this time as the...

Carolina Panthers Hire Dave Gettleman as General Manager; Rob Chudzinksi Interviews with Cleveland Browns
January 9th, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Panthers hire Gettleman as GM After more than six weeks without a general manager, the Carolina Panthers have finally found their man.   New York Giants executive Dave Gettleman will succeed Marty Harney as GM, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.   Gettleman, 61, served as the Giants' senior pro personnel analyst last season after working as Director of Pro Personnel the...

Carolina Panthers Fire Three Position Coaches
January 8th, 2013 at 8:57 PM
While Ron Rivera was able to keep his job as Carolina Panthers head coach next season, not everyone on his staff will enjoy the same fate. Running backs coach John Settle, receivers coach Fred Graves and linebackers coach Warren Belin were all given their pink slips, the team announced on Tuesday. ***PHOTO1*** Rivera...

Breaking News: Ron Rivera Will Return as Carolina Panthers Head Coach Next Season
January 5th, 2013 at 2:22 PM
The suspense is finally over. Ron Rivera will return as Carolina Panthers head coach next season. ***PHOTO1*** Rivera, who has two years left on a four-year, $11.2 million deal, was hanging in limbo for nearly a week before learning his fate in a meeting with owner Jerry Richardson Saturday morning.   The Carolina players...

Report: Jerry Richardson, Ron Rivera to Meet on Saturday
January 4th, 2013 at 8:20 PM
According to ESPN's Pat Yasinkas, a person close to the Carolina Panthers has confirmed that owner Jerry Richardson has scheduled a meeting with head coach Ron Rivera to discuss his future with the team. Rivera's fate looked to be all but sealed after the up-and-coming Panthers nosedived to a 2-8 start...