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Rivera shrugs off player’s Twitter rip, says he’ll last season


At 2-8 with a pair of scintillating road trips to Philadelphia (3-7) and Kansas City (1-9) on tap, the Panthers have gone well past frustration.

Now, they’re not even frustrated with the frustration.

After blowing an 11-point fourth-quarter lead to lose in overtime to the Buccaneers, Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson tweeted out his problem with a teammate.

Embarrassed to be apart of that last drive! Some people study and work harder than others and they get exposé [sic] in the game #saynomore

The problems with autocorrect aside, the lack of discipline the Panthers showed allowing the Bucs to drive 80 yards in 50 seconds with no timeouts for a game-tying score and two-point conversion was embarrassing.

At his press conference Monday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he would have preferred Johnson not aired his laundry via Twitter, but that he had earned the right as a captain to say something.

Rivera has apparently earned the next six games, as well, as he said no changes would be made until the end of the season.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, and I won’t know until after the season,” he said. “I know that much. And I know that nothing’s going to happen until after the season.”

He had few specifics when pressed on whether owner Jerry Richardson had specifically told him that, but at this point, as we mentioned this morning, the inevitability of it makes the timing less relevant.

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17 Responses to “Rivera shrugs off player’s Twitter rip, says he’ll last season”
  1. pjcostello says: Nov 19, 2012 12:59 PM

    Hopefully, the next coach of the Eagles will reach out to Rivera, and bring him back to Philly — this time, as defensive coordinator. Not every good coordinator succeeds as a head coach.

  2. bigjdve says: Nov 19, 2012 1:04 PM

    With the rules regarding hiring coaches in place, including the Rooney rule, hiring a long term coach during the season is difficult, unless you are looking internally, which I don’t think the panthers would be doing.

    So it makes no sense to fire the coach now, the same with all of the other losing teams with coaches on the hot seat.

  3. cliverush says: Nov 19, 2012 1:05 PM

    Message to Coach Rivera, Do not allow players to speak out in this manner. They are players not spokesperson for the team. Only trouble will come from public statements like this. His job as captain is to speak to the team and hold them together as a unit.

  4. prince5000 says: Nov 19, 2012 1:07 PM

    “I don’t know what’s going to happen, and I won’t know until after the season,”

    Bill Cowher is what’s about to happen

  5. fuglyflorio says: Nov 19, 2012 1:09 PM

    Now now Charles … you did take their money. Lots of it in fact. They sort of expect YOU to do something for all that cash. And not Twitter.

  6. steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says: Nov 19, 2012 1:14 PM

    Thank God I’m a fan of a team that never has to worry about coaching and upper-management. Jealous?

  7. joetoronto says: Nov 19, 2012 1:21 PM

    He doesn’t look so happy.

  8. realfootballfan says: Nov 19, 2012 1:44 PM

    I said it right after that Falcon game, he lost this team when he didn’t go for it on 4th down and watched the Falcons march for the win in less than a minute from there. Dead man walking along with Andy Reid and Pat Shurmur.

  9. terry4505 says: Nov 19, 2012 1:59 PM

    Is there anything better than watching Cam watch Josh Freeman from the sidelines?

  10. tonyc920 says: Nov 19, 2012 2:07 PM

    prince5000 says:Nov 19, 2012 1:07 PM

    “I don’t know what’s going to happen, and I won’t know until after the season,”

    Bill Cowher is what’s about to happen

    Couldn’t agree more ! If Cowher would ever consider getting back into it, this would be the time and place, it’s home for him. I feel bad for Chico but with a new GM coming in, Chico will most likely be out.

  11. celly84 says: Nov 19, 2012 2:54 PM

    As a Bucs fan, I would love for Cowher to get a coaching job in CAR.

    …even if only for Freeman to get the chance to play against a 3-4 defense twice a year. it can only help make him better for when he will have to face the AFC teams that run that scheme.

  12. johnmshort3 says: Nov 19, 2012 5:02 PM

    Bill Cowher is going to Cleveland not the Panthers and there cry baby QB.

  13. chazatlas says: Nov 19, 2012 6:15 PM

    Although some duo may have succeeded in the past , it’s probably not ideal to have a rookie head coach and rookie QB start at the same time. Especially if the franchise was the worst in the league the previous year.

  14. ralphwilsonisrich says: Nov 19, 2012 8:35 PM

    Cowher is not the answer there, he has a better gig than being an NFL coach

  15. philjr2012 says: Nov 19, 2012 8:49 PM

    Man I’m not a Panther fan but give the coach a chance!!!

  16. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 19, 2012 8:57 PM

    Cowher ain’t coming back and if he did he wouldn’t be a savior he’s been out of the league too long.

  17. keeppounding says: Nov 20, 2012 7:13 PM

    Hey Charles Johnson, I know you were embarrassed to be part of the last drive but you should be embarrassed of your 4th quarter play all year. Where was your pass rush in the second half and ot against the bucks?… Falcons?… Bears?…. I understand your frustrated but it lands on your shoulders just as much as anyone else’s. When you look in the mirror point your finger and say to yourself “What Can I Do Better?”

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