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Ron Rivera is running out of patience

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The Panthers are better this year. The offense is exciting, they have a franchise quarterback, and, well, four wins is better than two.

But the way that the Panthers lose is starting to get to coach Ron Rivera and his players. They have led in 12 of 13 games. They compete each week, and find a way to blow leads.

Rivera sent a message Monday that players’ jobs are on the line the next three weeks.

“We’ve got to grow up and get past a lot of things,” Rivera said Monday via the Charlotte Observer. “We’ve got to get past it is what it is because it’s not. . . . We are better than that. We have to start playing like it.”

Rivera was asked what players need to improve.

“They all do . . . whether it’s the guys need to improve as football players or we need to go out and find guys who can help us at those positions,” Rivera said. “The one thing is it’s got to change for the better. I’ve told the players, when it’s all said done, when we come back next year, we’re getting better. If we’re not getting better, we’re moving on. We’re not going to wait. We just can’t afford to.”

In a way, the Panthers’ struggles help Rivera out. Expectations won’t be artificially high for the 2012 Panthers like they were for the 2011 Bucs.

Rivera is going to get some of his defensive players back. The team only needs modest improvement there and from Cam Newton to sneak up on teams as a playoff contender next season.

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37 Responses to “Ron Rivera is running out of patience”
  1. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 13, 2011 4:04 PM

    Stop tuckin your chain in the 4th quarter.

  2. dawkinseffect says: Dec 13, 2011 4:05 PM

    I’m sure their first round pick will go to the Defensive side, maybe a CB or LB to help them out. The offensive is fine, its the D thats letting them down

  3. vexey says: Dec 13, 2011 4:10 PM

    I really like Rivera. He’s made some boneheaded calls and needs to work on his clock management, but thats true of any rookie coach.

  4. flapjackdaddy says: Dec 13, 2011 4:15 PM

    With a middle of the road defense (and better kicker) this team could be in contention for a wild card.

    Hopefully The Big Cat opens up the checkbook because this team is not very far away.

    A serviceable CB, DT, LB, S, and K = playoffs.

  5. willardj says: Dec 13, 2011 4:18 PM

    Do you know why he is running out of patience? It’s because he’s a defensive coach and his defense sucks. Why does his defense suck when he was so good in San Diego? It’s because he decided to hire the buffoon Sean McDermott who can’t coach defense to save his life.

    The first step Rivera and the Panthers need to take next year is firing McDermott.

  6. notthekiller says: Dec 13, 2011 4:20 PM

    They lost almost all there LBS this year early on, Jon Beason is the second best MLB in the game behind Patrick Wllis! The Panthers need some secondary and DLine help more than anything…

  7. mathsimillion says: Dec 13, 2011 4:21 PM

    They’ve led in 12 of 13 games? Man, I wonder what their record would be if they had Tim Tebow instead of Newton?

    I think Cam will be a great QB but he should stop saying that he is a lion and everyone else needs to step up.

    Listen to Tebow who says the right things which is why his team loves him and believes they can win every game even when down.

    Work on your leadership and then maybe you’ll be able to close out these games.

  8. nunpuncher says: Dec 13, 2011 4:22 PM

    It sounds like your Panthers have a bunch of yugs that aren’t yungery who’s yobs are on the line.

    Sincerely,
    Raheem Morris

  9. We'reFineThere says: Dec 13, 2011 4:24 PM

    Well, I don’t know how involved he is but McDermott was good on the Eagles except for that whole Redzone Passing TD aspect of the game.

    Still he is better than we the Eagles got now.

    (A redzone specialist could probably bring a lot of teams over the hump).

  10. joelvis72 says: Dec 13, 2011 4:25 PM

    He needs to quit riding around on that silly Play 60 bus with Sir Purr.

  11. rjblitz02 says: Dec 13, 2011 4:26 PM

    Ron Rivera is a doctor..?

  12. riderspantherssk says: Dec 13, 2011 4:29 PM

    The offense is better than last year, but they still got shut out in the second half on Sunday. They’re first round pick will be interesting because when healthy they have a fantastic linebacking group, the pass defense isn’t playing too badly and Munnerlyn and Butler are playing like serviceable DBs for the most part. The D line should be much improved when the 2 rookie DTs come back next fall. The O line is aging and so an O lineman or a WR are, I think the top needs in the 2012 draft-Justin Blackmon would look great opposite Steve Smith and he would also give the Panthers a new #1 when Smitty’s gone. If Gettis comes back in good shape then they would have 4 or 5 quality receivers (depending on whether we say Nannee is quality).

  13. ahs2 says: Dec 13, 2011 4:31 PM

    I like Rivera, he’s gonna be a good one!

  14. snowpea84 says: Dec 13, 2011 4:31 PM

    I hope they are ready for life without Steve Smith over the enxt few years. He’s already 32 and will eb more injury prone. People should be asking how Newton would have looked without Smith out there, and then, what he will look like without him in the near future.

  15. pilot2011 says: Dec 13, 2011 4:32 PM

    They have leaders on offense but man they have missed Jon Beason on defense this year… People outside of the Carolina’s just don’t understand that Beason is the true face of this franchise.

    Bring in Clayborn from LSU and this defense will finally have all the pieces in place to be good again.

    Bring in Wing from LSU as well. Flipping the field position would help this team tremendously.

  16. dacapt704 says: Dec 13, 2011 4:34 PM

    It all really started when he was asked about “Oh NO” Olindo Mare who choked away the potential game winning FG..a 36 yarder mind you

    Mare also missed the 331-yd fg that would have sent the Minn game into OT a few games ago…meanwhile, John Kasay is enjoying a rebirth in N.O.

  17. dacapt704 says: Dec 13, 2011 4:35 PM

    *sorry..meant to say 31-yd FG..chip shot for any decent kicker

  18. jeff33u says: Dec 13, 2011 4:36 PM

    I am a Packer fan (not a bandwagon fan, but actually living in Green Bay), and I have to say the Panthers put a scare into us early in the season. I think they are destined for great things in the very near future. Sometimes, young teams just have to learn how to win games! If you remember the Packers, when they were especially young a few years ago, they kept losing tons of close games (which is what gave Rodgers the “can’t win the close ones” label for a short time there). They went 6-10 in Rodgers’ first year, but they were dangerous. They only went 10-6 last year before getting on the roll they are on now despite NEVER trailing by more than 7 points at any poitn of any game. If the Panthers just learn how to win, and Steve Smith keeps hanging around at the fountain of youth, they will be a force to be reckoned with in due time!

  19. wtfru2 says: Dec 13, 2011 4:38 PM

    The additional benefit will be an easy schedule in 2012…………

  20. whatswiththehate says: Dec 13, 2011 4:39 PM

    What took Rivera so long to get mad. If you listen to the Panthers’ fans, it’s all Cam’s fault the Panthers are losing. Where did we hear that before. Funny how they obessess over everything Cam does or doen’t do but refuse to take serious the other areas of their team that need some serious work.

    Heck, Tim Tebow is showing that with a good team around him, he don’t need to show up until five minutes before the end of the fourth qrter and still win. The Panthers fans demand Cam to show up for 60 minutes a game, while quite happy if the rest of the team show up at all.

    You know your QB is being over used when even the talking heads are now saying Cam is doing to much when he makes his mistakes.

    Take a page out of the Broncos playbook Panthers, rally around your QB. Stop believing that he is so talented that you will use him in every capacity and that will get you wins. The other 23 players need to show up and play not simply collect a paycheck.

    You can literally count on one had the good players on the Panthers.

  21. slammincamnewton says: Dec 13, 2011 4:44 PM

    We can save you some time with Mare. Let him go now. Take Baker too, he’s done. Byron Bell is a bum too, get him out. The two rookie DTs have been gone for two weeks and the two scrubs are playing better than they did.

  22. trollhammer20 says: Dec 13, 2011 4:46 PM

    They will have a very high pick in a QB-rich draft, with lots of QB-needy teams. This works well for them, since they don’t need a QB. The best non-QBs will be available for them to choose from.

  23. screamingsheep69 says: Dec 13, 2011 4:49 PM

    2 DT’s(1 veteran would be nice), 1 CB(who can return punts would be real nice), and 2 healthy linebackers away from the playoffs.
    Reload the O-line with healthy guys will help also.

  24. whatswiththehate says: Dec 13, 2011 4:51 PM

    notthekiller says:Dec 13, 2011 4:20 PM

    They lost almost all there LBS this year early on, Jon Beason is the second best MLB in the game behind Patrick Wllis! The Panthers need some secondary and DLine help more than anything…
    —————
    Texas is unto their third QB and their defense is also depleted but they still find a way to win. It’s called having a HEART to win.
    —————–
    mathsimillion says:Dec 13, 2011 4:21 PM

    I think Cam will be a great QB but he should stop saying that he is a lion and everyone else needs to step up.

    Listen to Tebow who says the right things which is why his team loves him and believes they can win every game even when down.

    Work on your leadership and then maybe you’ll be able to close out these games.
    —————
    If those players egos are so fragile that the truth will hurt, then they need new jobs because the NFL isn’t for them. FYI, for as much as those who plucked out Cam’s quotes and made a big deal about it, they NEVER disagree with him.

    Let’s be real, everyone talks postitively when they’re win. Also, Tim knows he is being carried by the Broncos. He does well to heep praises unto them but saying the right thing infront of the camera doesn’t mean you’re really humble..I guess you must have been one of the many who believe everything you see and hear is the way it is with these players.

    Back to the Panthers, that team seriously play without heart. Just ask the kicker who had chance to redeem himself from his other easy missed kick but messed up again on Sunday on an even more easier kick. NO HEART

  25. johnfeeser says: Dec 13, 2011 4:53 PM

    And by saying that jobs are on the line… he was talking abut Olindo Mare

  26. klownboy says: Dec 13, 2011 4:53 PM

    I think the Panthers will win nine games next season. All they need is to fix that leaky defense…

  27. davidtmp says: Dec 13, 2011 5:30 PM

    1)The Panthers need to lock up Stewart for a few more years.
    2) I really think you will see this team draft to build the 3-4 defense that Rivera wants to go to. These next 3 games will be used to see what parts they have now they can use in the new system and what they need to target in the draft.

  28. Nevis says: Dec 13, 2011 5:58 PM

    Singletary, only a lot slower.

    Cam will struggle if they ever move back to an NFL offense.

  29. richm2256 says: Dec 13, 2011 6:09 PM

    Ron Rivera ……… wasn’t he going to BE somebody????

  30. dkeyser says: Dec 13, 2011 7:45 PM

    Coming from a Saints fan.. The Panthers always seem to have one great aspect of their game and the rest let them down.. Example.. Great RB’s..Crap QB play.. Great D-line..crap secondary.. This year is the same thing.. The QB plays pretty good and the D is garbage.. The only thing i have to wonder is how well will Newton fare without Steve Smith?? Early in the year and a few times lately, Newton just kind of tosses it up for grabs and Smith has to make a highlight reel catch to grab it… I also have to wonder how he will do after all the coaches have 16 games worth of tape to watch and pick apart.. Needless to say it should be interesting next year

  31. ficklebystander says: Dec 13, 2011 7:52 PM

    “We’ve got to get past it is what it is because it’s not. . . . We are better than that. We have to start playing like it.”

    Anyone else pick up on the slap at John Fox there? Fox was the king of “it is what it is,” and Rivera is tired of the “settle for average” mentality around here. He’s ready to put “it is what it is” to rest and move on to a “strive for what can be” mentality.

  32. rajbais says: Dec 13, 2011 8:24 PM

    Just fire Sean McDermott!!!!

    He can’t run defenses!!!

  33. tjv027 says: Dec 13, 2011 9:30 PM

    Panthers out-of-division schedule next season: Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Broncos, Eagles, Giants, Cowboys, Redskins, Vikings/Bears, Rams/Cards. I say they are the Wild Card sleeper right now if they can steal a game or two from NO or ATL.

  34. randomcommenter says: Dec 13, 2011 11:13 PM

    Tebow has bad stats and wins and media trashes him.

    Cam Newton has great stats and loses and the media has him in the hall of fame.

    Newton does have great numbers for a rookie but he just chucks the ball downfield with little regard for INTs.

  35. ncarolinarn7 says: Dec 14, 2011 12:43 AM

    FIRE OLINDA MARE!!!!!! Total chump. Sad excuse for an NFL Football Player.
    G

  36. grannyvi4 says: Dec 14, 2011 2:16 AM

    As a Vikings fan, one of our two wins this year was because of a missed field goal by Mare.

    Get rid of your kicker…that would be a great place to start. How many games has he lost for you this year?

  37. ytsejamer1 says: Dec 14, 2011 8:30 AM

    The guy is doing a great job…from afar, I really like his style and you know he has a lot of cred in the locker room. He should be able to focus his energies this offseason on improving his defense. He’ll get it right…just takes a bit of time.

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