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Ron Rivera on Panthers’ offense: “I want touchdowns”

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The Panthers’ first-string offense has been on the field for eight series over two preseason games, resulting in one touchdown, two field goals, one interception and four punts. That’s not enough for coach Ron Rivera.

After the Panthers’ 14-9 loss to the Eagles, Rivera said field goals will not suffice.

We kicked two field goals, but I want touchdowns,” Rivera said, via the Charlotte Observer. “When you play a fast-strike offense and you play a team that can get the ball into the end zone in a hurry, you have to score touchdowns. Field goals are not enough. And that’s the disappointment.”

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton hasn’t looked particularly good in the preseason, completing 11 of 23 passes for 128 yards, with one touchdown (which came on a drive that started in the red zone) and one interception. Rivera, however, seems to believe the offensive line is more to blame for that than Newton.

“We did miss a couple throws. But he was running for his life twice, and both times he overthrew the ball. I’m not sure you put that on the quarterback alone,” Rivera said.

Whoever is to blame, Rivera will feel a lot better if he sees Newton getting the Panthers into the end zone next week.

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40 Responses to “Ron Rivera on Panthers’ offense: “I want touchdowns””
  1. corkspop says: Aug 16, 2013 12:47 PM

    Panthers starters sounded pretty proud of themselves in sideline and post game interviews. I can’t figure out why.

  2. telergy says: Aug 16, 2013 12:47 PM

    Going from Chud to Schula is always a downgrade. Should have been expected.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 16, 2013 12:51 PM

    But your opponent wanted you to not have TDs. You can’t just want TDs. You have to want them more than your opponent desires to stop you from achieving them. And your GM hasn’t set up the team and orchestrated that type of atmosphere as of yet.

  4. jlmd17 says: Aug 16, 2013 12:55 PM

    You should also want a smart QB.

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 16, 2013 12:56 PM

    Ron Rivera on Panthers’ offense: “I want touchdowns”
    ______________________

    Wow really ? Who’d a thunk it.

    And I was so sure you wanted your offense to generate a lot of safetys.

  6. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Aug 16, 2013 1:00 PM

    Holler back when the preseason is over. If it happens then, I’ll worry.

  7. jsho55 says: Aug 16, 2013 1:01 PM

    Ohhhhhhh. Okay well now this game makes sense. Score TD’s. Got it.

  8. seauxwhut67 says: Aug 16, 2013 1:02 PM

    “I want everyone to stop picking on me. Hey, where’s my towel?”

    – C. Newton

  9. johndont says: Aug 16, 2013 1:02 PM

    You don’t need touchdowns – all you need is a safety or a field goal. 2-0 you win – 3-0 you win. Yes, I am smarter than a 5th grader.

  10. jjb0811 says: Aug 16, 2013 1:07 PM

    Dead man walking. New coach next year and we’ll read about Cam being on a short leash.

  11. realfootballfan says: Aug 16, 2013 1:07 PM

    Well, you’re the dummy who hired Mike Shula over Hue Jackson to run your offense. So enjoy the upcoming pink slip.

  12. cardiaccatsbackin2013 says: Aug 16, 2013 1:09 PM

    Your goals for preseason – Stay competitive and avoid injuries. The fact is the Panthers lost a preseason game by five points and got out of there with no major injuries. Of course Ron Rivera is going to say he wants touchdowns. What do you expect your team’s coach to say?

    I have faith in what the team is doing. Shula isn’t trying to tip his hand and they’re playing the preseason somewhat conservative.

    Oh and the Panthers have one more offensive TD than Green Bay does for the preseason. Just sayin’ …

  13. keeppounding says: Aug 16, 2013 1:09 PM

    The offensive line made Cam Newton Overthrow the ball? Because that makes sense. I would have thought it would be attributed to Cam’s lack of ability to throw on the run. But in this case the offensive line makes Newton’s throwing motion worse. Also, we all saw Thomas Davis tell Cam to shut up on the sideline. Blame the offensive line who you gave no help to this off season, then cut a guy in camp that could have contributed. Drafted a player that was already hurt and cut the starter before he was healthy. You’re not fooling anyone, don’t try to pass the buck because the 1st overall pick of 2011 isn’t earning his draft spot.

  14. throwthebomb says: Aug 16, 2013 1:14 PM

    Ron Rivera on Panthers’ offense: “I want touchdowns”
    **************************

    Then how about signing a quality WR opposite Steve Smith ? How about using your better than average tight end (Greg Olsen) in the passing game more ? How about keeping proven quality depth on the O-line (Geoff Hangartner) ?

    I think Ron Rivera is in his last year with the Panthers, let new GM Dave Gettleman hire someone he wants.

  15. afcdomination says: Aug 16, 2013 1:16 PM

    then why is it that their TE has to play like Tony G for this to happen?

    they didn’t get a legitimate WR to play opposite Smith in a year where there were plenty in FA that would have put some td’s on the board.

    when smith slows down, and all of a sudden the TE is the only option, newton will be even worse. likely happens sooner than later if they keep ignoring the WR’s or flat out missing on them

  16. sportsmeccabi says: Aug 16, 2013 1:16 PM

    Cam has played like crap in the preseason every year. I’m not worried.

  17. prmpft says: Aug 16, 2013 1:23 PM

    Well, base on last night – good luck with that…

  18. billhicks666 says: Aug 16, 2013 1:28 PM

    I know it’s just preseason, but wow! The Panthers managed only 9 points against an Eagles defense that should be a sieve. Even Eagles fans acknowledge that their defense probably won’t be very good this year. 9 points?? Pathetic!

  19. flmike says: Aug 16, 2013 1:35 PM

    Rivera should have been fired last season

  20. vikingstillidie says: Aug 16, 2013 1:40 PM

    For some reason, I think Lovie Smith is gonna be their next Head coach…

  21. sb44champs says: Aug 16, 2013 1:49 PM

    Ron Rivera on Panthers’ offense: “I want touchdowns”
    ========================
    Well, you might have to keep settling for Field Goals and Interceptions…

  22. aldante66 says: Aug 16, 2013 1:52 PM

    Here’s the deal. Cam Newton loves, Cam Newton. Cam Newton is all about promoting Cam Newton. The Panthers should have been warned the guy is prima donna numero uno.

    When he was at Auburn, I could tell you that if they were inside the ten, Cam was not handing off or passing the ball, he was keeping it for the score. Why. MO Money. You don’t get noticed and picked number one in the draft by handing the ball off. Sounds like he is up to his old tricks now but in the NFL.

    If you understand Cam wants to score the TD’s then stopping him gets a lot easier.

  23. cardiaccatsbackin2013 says: Aug 16, 2013 1:56 PM

    For all the idiots and naysayers that keep calling for Ron Rivera’s head on a platter, keep this in mind – His record as coach is 13-19 and he’s kept this team in most of the games he’s coached, minus a few blowout losses.

    Now, that coach in Houston, Gary Kubiak. What was his record after two seasons, 14-18.

    Moral of the story: Don’t quit on the coach after two seasons. There’s no reason the Panthers can’t turn it around in this division.

  24. dwhcic says: Aug 16, 2013 2:00 PM

    I hope Bill Belichick wants touchdowns as well

  25. btellington says: Aug 16, 2013 2:23 PM

    Teflon Ron, he can always find someone to defend his losses, while giving him credit for wins somehow.

  26. larrydavid7000 says: Aug 16, 2013 2:26 PM

    when is that idiot gonna stop putting the towel over his head. this loser wants to be a leader and he still doing it. some people just don’t get it.

  27. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 16, 2013 2:32 PM

    Panther players and fans talk like they will flip it on when the season begins, like a light switch. It was a preseason game but I don’t think the Eagles are going to have an elite defense or anything.

    Rivera sounds concerned and perhaps he should be.

  28. flexx91 says: Aug 16, 2013 2:41 PM

    “For all the idiots and naysayers that keep calling for Ron Rivera’s head on a platter, keep this in mind – His record as coach is 13-19 and he’s kept this team in most of the games he’s coached, minus a few blowout losses”

    Only an idiot will try to make a positive out of a negative (13-19 record). The Cam experiment is about a season and a half from being flushed down the toilet. Rivera will be out of a job at the end of the season. Your team simply does not have enough talent to compete in the NFC.

  29. noring4youstill says: Aug 16, 2013 3:15 PM

    In other news. 31 other head coaches also want touchdowns. Maybe next he’ll tell us how he wants more turnovers on defense?

  30. g35phin says: Aug 16, 2013 3:15 PM

    Tony Sparano on 08 Dolphins’ offence, “I want field goals”

  31. sb44champs says: Aug 16, 2013 3:17 PM

    Cam loves being down by multiple Touchdowns and striking the Superman pose, lol..

  32. kev86 says: Aug 16, 2013 3:18 PM

    Still a dangerous opponent with Newton at QB. My team killed the Panthers last year but I wasn’t positive going in that they would.

  33. sb44champs says: Aug 16, 2013 3:20 PM

    cardiaccatsbackin2013 says:
    Aug 16, 2013 1:56 PM
    “………………There’s no reason the Panthers can’t turn it around in this division.”
    ===========================
    Actually, there’s 2 reasons: Saints & Falcons

  34. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 16, 2013 3:49 PM

    Start looking for a job now, Ron.

  35. bcetour says: Aug 16, 2013 3:59 PM

    cardiaccatsbackin2013 – That’s rather arrogant to exclude Tampa. They beat you twice last year and beat Atlanta.

  36. studio26seattle says: Aug 16, 2013 4:00 PM

    I feel bad for Cam. Except for a Fullback, the Panthers added no offensive weapons to help him out.

  37. fdugrad says: Aug 16, 2013 4:05 PM

    Exactly how much time/ experience, as well as chances is an NFL QB given prior to hearing whispers of the word “BUST?”

  38. skolvikesskol says: Aug 16, 2013 4:13 PM

    Wow all the cam bashing… Wld u rather have Ponder or Cam?

  39. siggtacular says: Aug 16, 2013 5:01 PM

    Isn’t that obvious?

  40. jgedgar70 says: Aug 21, 2013 7:29 AM

    “Panther players and fans talk like they will flip it on when the season begins, like a light switch. ”

    And we feel that way because it has happened before. The 2011 preseason was a nightmare. No one did anything right. Then in week 1 at Arizona, Cam threw for 400 yards and had the game won until Patrick Peterson ran that punt back for a TD. Cam threw for 400 yards in week 2 and we narrowly lost a shootout with Green Bay.

    Exactly when in NFL history has a team’s regular season performance been an exact carbon copy of their preseason performance? That would be never.

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