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Ron Rivera wants Cam Newton to run, except he doesn’t

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was able to survive his first game on a rebuilt left ankle, and even ran around a bit.

But as much as Panthers coach Ron Rivera holds his breath when Newton takes off, he also knows that that’s who Newton is, and when Newton’s at his best.

“I’m going to yell at him because I want him to get rid of the ball. But if he runs, he runs,” Rivera said, via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review. “He’s gotta do what he’s gotta do to protect himself. He’s gotta do what he’s gotta do to make plays. So if he runs, then I think it’s a great sign.”

Newton grinned and said he wasn’t much of a slider, but Rivera said his quarterback will need to adapt

“[Hornets owner] Michael Jordan used to go to the hole all the time and dunk,” Rivera said. “But if you ask Michael, he realized that later in his career, he had to develop that jumper. So he went work at it. Cam’s the same way. He needs to develop as a passer.

“In an interesting way, this may have been the best thing that happened to him in terms of his pure quarterbacking development. He’s had to stay in the pocket, he’s had to have good footwork, he’s had to step into his throws. I think this has been a plus for him.”

That and a suspect offensive line will keep Newton on the move this year, and time will tell if he’s ready to.

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15 Responses to “Ron Rivera wants Cam Newton to run, except he doesn’t”
  1. hardythekraken says: Aug 21, 2014 4:21 PM

    Darin, I assume you haven’t been watching this preseason, because the offensive line has actually performed pretty well.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 21, 2014 4:28 PM

    Ronaldo Rivera going to let Newt kick up his heels a bit out there.

  3. jjb0811 says: Aug 21, 2014 4:28 PM

    Can’t wait for the Saints heading to NC on Halloween! That ought be a fun one.

  4. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 21, 2014 4:29 PM

    I think Cam is only effective as a game manager.. and I think HC and mgt realize this… with marketing it will be hard to move to higher potential QB which will be prudent in a relatively short time………… so, why not max Cam now and if he gets hurt they can simply speed up search for next QB

  5. bubbybrisket says: Aug 21, 2014 4:40 PM

    $cam Newton is a bum.

  6. thisguy124 says: Aug 21, 2014 4:43 PM

    I think Cam is only effective as a game manager.. and I think HC and mgt realize this… with marketing it will be hard to move to higher potential QB which will be prudent in a relatively short time………… so, why not max Cam now and if he gets hurt they can simply speed up search for next QB
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    Do you ever comment on YOUR team’s articles? Anyway, I don’t mind Cam running when it’s necessary. If the pocket is collapsing, then why not let him use his special ability? Also, If cam has broken all of these passing records and he is still not considered a pocker passer, then what happens when he does reach this potential? Man oh man, that will be a scary thing.

  7. skawh says: Aug 21, 2014 4:46 PM

    that “run” plan won’t sound like much of a plan if/when he gets hurt while running. It’s a shame Cam had to get drafted by Carolina. No QB can do it by himself. Teams expect far too much from QB’s. It’s like they want the QB to cover all the teams bad management moves made over the years than have put the team in the hole their in today. But that’s the nfl.

  8. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 21, 2014 4:50 PM

    “But if you ask Michael, he realized that later in his career, he had to develop that jumper. So he went work at it. Cam’s the same way. He needs to develop as a passer.
    ———-
    So Cam needs to develop as a passer because he’s further along in his career? Last I checked, Cam Newton plays the quarterback position…so it’s been necessary for him to develop as a passer since the very first day he stepped on an NFL field. Regardless of whether a QB is in the early or late stages of his career, there is always a need to develop into a better passer. Yeah, it makes perfect sense for Cam to rely less upon his legs to get the job done and more upon his arm, but I still don’t think the MJ analogy appropriately applies to this situation at all.

  9. klgeorge13 says: Aug 21, 2014 4:58 PM

    I don’t think that Cam is altogether deficient in the passing department. Other than Manning, no one has had a better three year run to start their career. Im more than satisfied with his development at this point.

    As far as this “politically incorrect” poster, I just don’t understand why every time there is a story about Newton, you come in and make disparaging comments. Did you have money on Oregon? Or are you one of the but hurt denizens of that festering swamp called New Orleans?

  10. holla2626 says: Aug 21, 2014 5:55 PM

    I think the brisket got burned last year.

    Keep Pounding

  11. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 21, 2014 5:57 PM

    When did QBs with the strongest arms in the NFL and stellar rushing stats become known as game managers? Just wondering, because every season Cam Newton has had has been more prolific (statistically) than Steve McNair’s NFL MVP season and I don’t recall his critics calling him a game manager. What changed?

    – Titans Fan

  12. afcdomination says: Aug 21, 2014 6:13 PM

    he isn’t ready to run. I think they may be making a mistake even putting him in before he is 100 percent.

    when KC got pressure on Cam, he began to try and run away like before and you can see its not there yet. he starts hobbling and his ankle is not ready for all of the twisting and turning required to run away from a defense. at least that is what I saw on at least 3-4 different times KC had a solid blitz.

  13. The Steelers bribed Bill Leavy in SB40 says: Aug 21, 2014 6:14 PM

    QBs should always think about throwing first. That’s what QB is. QBs who like to take off at the slightest sign of pressure will not succeed in NFL. Unless you have Bill Leavy on your side.

  14. klgeorge13 says: Aug 21, 2014 7:18 PM

    See that’s the perception right there from SBBLiSB40, not the reality. Cam will have 2-3 designed runs per game, just enough to force the defense to always have the possibility in their minds. Add to that perhaps 2-3 times more he might have to scramble from pressure. So out of how ever many snaps he takes per game, he only runs 5-6 times. But the majority of America, who probably see 1 Panthers game a year, think he’s a run first QB. Why is that? Because the four letter network replays those runs over and over, as they are usually exciting plays that only a hand full of QBs can accomplish. If you take the time to look at his passing yardage, he would have nowhere near the total he does if all he did was run.

  15. cgarsmoker says: Aug 21, 2014 10:24 PM

    I was a Carolina fan back when Mike Vick was drafted by the Falcons and he was a true “one look at Alge Crumpler” and run QB. Cam runs to get out of trouble when things break down or when he sees a good opportunity to get a first down. Outside of that, he’s passing the ball. Anybody that says he’s a run first QB doesn’t watch him play…only the highlights.

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