Entries in Ron Rivera (14)


Panthers Sign CB Charles Tillman

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE) -- The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent cornerback Charles Tillman to a one-year deal Thursday.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, the deal is worth $3.05 million.

The 34-year-old Tillman played all 12 of his previous NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears.

Tillman is reunited with Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, who served as the Bears defensive coordinator from 2004-06.

"I think Coach Rivera was one of the main reasons why I wanted to be here," Tillman said. "He's a guy that I had a lot of respect for when I was in Chicago. I love his leadership and his qualities as a coach, and he's done a good job with the Panthers. There's a good group of guys here: Thomas Davis, Greg Olsen, Luke Kuechly, and Cam Newton. I got a good vibe here.

"This is a similar defense, and Steve Wilks and (defensive line coach) Eric Washington were also in Chicago, so there is familiarity."

Tillman has 42 forced fumbles, 36 interceptions, and eight defensive touchdowns throughout his career.

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Carolina Panthers Cut DeAngelo Williams

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- DeAngelo Williams says he will no longer be a member of the Carolina Panthers.

Williams, the all-time leading rusher in franchise history, told WBTV in an exclusive interview that general manager David Gettleman and head coach Ron Rivera informed he he will not return next season.

"We sat down, and he told me, 'The fact of the matter is we're going to have to release you,' " Williams stated in the interview. "I said, you know, 'Why?' and he said, 'Because we don't run the ball enough. Just like you said back before the season started, we don't run the ball enough to keep you and Jonathan Stewart both, so we're going to release you."

Fellow running back Jonathan Stewart began to get majority of touches towards the end of last season. Over the last seven games, Stewart ran for 679 yards, where as in six games last season, Williams ran for just 219 yards.

In nine seasons, Williams 32, has rushed for 6,846 yards and 77 touchdowns.

The Panthers released a statement that Williams has not officially been released.

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Panthers Ready for Cardinals

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Carolina Panthers will host the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

The back-to-back NFC South champions have won four games in a row and are looking forward to the opportunity even though they come into the playoffs with a losing record.

"They play good football," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said of the Cardinals.  "They do good things on offense, defense, and special teams."

Arizona has not announced a starter for Saturday's game with Drew Stanton still questionable after coming off a sprained knee injury.

"He's progressing and nothing's really changed," Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said.  "We've got our fingers crossed that possibly he could go later in the week."

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is 0-2 against the Cardinals in his career.

"One thing that I remember is that we had somewhat of a lackluster performance, whether you wanna call it those guys doing their job better than we did ours, what have you," Newton said of his three picks in their last game against eachother. "We lost and that's pretty much it."

Carolina has lost three straight playoff games.

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Sanchez, Sproles Lead Eagles Past Panthers

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Mark Sanchez made his first start with the Eagles (7-2) and lead his team to a 45-21 victory over the Panthers (3-6-1) on Monday night.

Sanchez threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns, and the Eagles defense did the rest of the work.

Philadelphia sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton nine times and forced five turnovers with three picks in the rout.  

Darren Sproles capped off a terrific first quarter with a 65-yard punt return to give the Eagles a 17-7 lead.

"Just an outstanding performance by all three phases," Sanchez said.

Newton and the Panthers have now lost four in a row.

"We've got to do things better," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "I have to coach better, coaches have to coach better, we have to practice better and then go out and play better. And we're going to do it together as a team."

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Cam Newton Suffers Fractured Rib

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will not play in the teams final preseason game this week after he suffered a hairline fracture of the ribs during Saturday's game, head coach Ron Rivera said in an announcement Sunday.

Coach Rivera added he expects Newton to play in the regular season opener.

"I do, but a lot of it is he had to get past the soreness, which we expect, and we'll see how he starts to progress," Rivera said.

Newton underwent both an MRI and a CAT scan after showing up to practice in a great deal of pain. The tests showed that the quarterback suffered the break when New England's Jamie Collins stepped on his back in a vulnerable spot on the flak jacket Newton was wearing.

The 2011 number one pick was 8-for-12 passing with 88 yards in Saturday's affair, but missed some key opportunities in his return from offseason ankle surgery.

Rivera hoped to give his quarterback one more game to work on his timing. Instead, Newton will be re-evaluated over the weekend in preparation for the Sept. 7 opener at Tampa Bay.

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Cam Newton Debuts in Preseason Win

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- For the first time since undergoing offseason ankle surgery, Cam Newtown put on his shoulder pads and helmet, walked onto the gridiron, and played football. The Carolina Panthers (1-1) quarterback made his preseason debut on Sunday night in a 28-16 win over Kansas City (1-1).

Newton was reasonably rusty to open the game, starting with three straight three-and-outs. He missed five of his first six passes and was sacked for a 13-yard loss as part of those three drives. Carolina did rebound though when Jonathan Stewart was inserted into the running back position.

Stewart ran for only 26 yards on four carries, but capped off consecutive scoring possessions with touchdown scampers.

"If we can run the ball effectively with the backs and not have to rely on [Cam] running we would much rather do that," said head coach Ron Rivera on the running attack.

Newton also settled down a bit towards the end of his day. The four-year veteran completed four of nine passes for only 65 yards but connected on his last three attempts.

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49ers Knock Off Panthers 23-10 to Advance to NFC Title Game

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) --  Colin Kaepernick threw for 196 yards and one touchdown to lead the San Francisco 49ers to a 23-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.  With the win the 49ers advance to their third straight NFC Championship Game.

Playing in his first postseason game, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton completed 16 passes for 267 yards.  He threw a beautiful touchdown pass to Steve Smith in the second quarter, but he was also intercepted twice by San Francisco's secondary.

"Terrible ending to a great season," Newton said.

San Francisco took a slim 13-10 lead into halftime against a Panthers team that normally plays well at home.  Kaepernick ran for a four-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter to help provide some separation.  The Panthers (12-5) failed to score in the second half.

Frank Gore ran for 84 yards on 17 carries for the 49ers, (14-4) who will take on the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday with a return trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

"I think we're the two teams that everybody was looking at from the beginning," Kaepernick said. "It's going to be a knockdown, drag-out game."

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Panthers Top Saints, 17-13, Clinch Playoff Berth

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Cam Newton hit Domenik Hixon with 23 seconds left to give the Panthers (11-4) a 17-13 win over the Saints (10-5) on Sunday.

The win also clinched a playoff berth and the only thing that stands between an NFC South title and a first-round bye in the playoffs is a win over the Falcons next Sunday.

"This was a big team win," Newton said.  "It wasn't pretty, but we got the job done."

Carolina's defense sacked Drew Brees six times and picked him off twice in the victory.

"Cam was very resilient," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "He struggled all day and he knows that. But he came through when we needed him."

New Orleans has dropped five of their last six games away from the Superdome.

"Gave up the big drive at the end," Saints head coach Sean Payton said.  "It's disappointing, but it's not discouraging."

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Newton Rallies Panthers Past Dolphins, 20-16

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- The Carolina Panthers have a lot to be thankful for this week after their 20-16 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.

Carolina (8-3) has now won seven straight and overcame being down 16-3 in the first half on Sunday.  The team trailed 16-13 with 4:13 left in the fourth quarter and started the final drive at their own 20 with one timeout remaining.

Newton led the team down the field and went for it on fourth down when he hit Steve Smith for a 19-yard gain that continued the game winning drive.

"It may not be pretty," said Newton, who converted on two third down plays in the drive before hitting Greg Olsen in the end zone, "but at the end of the game we get that three-letter word, and that's gorgeous."

Miami still had a chance to win the game, but Ryan Tannehill's 60-yard bomb to Michael Wallace fell incomplete as Carolina head coach Ron Rivera held his breath on the sideline.

"A little scary," Carolina coach Ron Rivera said.

The Dolphins fell to 5-6 with the loss.

"That's a tough play," Tannehill said. "You're basically a hope and a prayer and get it out there."

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Panthers Not Underestimating 0-6 Buccaneers

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Carolina Panthers (3-3) will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers on Thursday night.

Carolina is averaging 23.2 points a game and head coach Ron Rivera isn't looking past the winless Bucs.

"You don't count records when you play teams," Rivera said.  "We've got to play hard and play to win.  We're not going to overlook this by any stretch of the imagination."

Carolina's defense is allowing just 13.8 points a game and the team is looking to go above the .500 mark for the first time since 2008.

"Not only just being over .500, we're being 1-0 in the division, that's what really counts," Newton said.  "For us it's not only a game that's a must-win, it's even a must, must-win being a divisional south opponent."

The Buccaneers are still looking for their first win of the season and hope the crowd at home will help them.

"I would imagine it'd be pretty good," Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon said of the home crowd.  "It's a nationally televised game, night games are always fun to play in.  I would expect a great atmosphere."

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