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Ron Rivera still complaining about having to open the season on road

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 13:  Head coach Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers looks on in the 2nd half against the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

It’s been eight days since the Panthers lost the season opener at Denver, and they’re still waiting for a chance to take a bow in front of their home fans after a 15-1 season and a trip to the Super Bowl.

And Panthers coach Ron Rivera is still complaining about it.

Via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, Rivera continued to lament the fact the Panthers had to open the season on the road last Thursday night during his Friday press conference.

“The hard thing about what happened to us this year, and I guess the reason I have such an issue with it is — you play the Super Bowl, you lose the Super Bowl. Then they tell you you’re going to open up the season against the team you just lost to in the Super Bowl,” he said. “So for the next five months, I’ve got to put up with it, deal with it, answer the questions, relive it constantly, over and over and over. Honestly, it becomes a drag. You guys know it cause I got tired of answering the questions and our guys got tired of answering the questions. . . .

“We asked for certain things to help us out. We didn’t get any of it. So I’m disappointed, let’s be honest. I’ve got a group of men in there that have done nothing but do the things that we’ve asked for the last five years. It’s been a battle to get to where we are and sometimes I feel disrespected.”

Asked why he thought that happened, and whether the Panthers mid-market status was a factor, Rivera fired up the black helicopters, even if in a joking manner.

“No. It’s one of those things we’ll have to wait till everybody’s dead after 80 years and then we’ll find the answer,” he said. “Conspiracy theory. Who knows?

“I’m just airing my frustration about that. I really feel it was a great opportunity for us to be able to honor our fans. I really feel that for my five seasons here, they’ve been great. I can’t be grateful enough.”

Rivera suggested that opening against Arizona at home might have been preferable, a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game. And after seeing the way the Cardinals played against the undermanned Patriots at home last week, he probably feels even more strongly about it.

At the same time, this has been the schedule for months, and continuing to gripe about it serves no purpose, especially since he gets to open against a team that played until after midnight on Monday, and has to fly across the country to play an early kickoff against a team on 10 days rest.

If only there had been a way for him to guarantee a home game in the opener, . . .

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57 Responses to “Ron Rivera still complaining about having to open the season on road”
  1. patsxsaintsfan says: Sep 16, 2016 2:35 PM

    How about the NFL giving the patriots 2 division games and another AFC division champion without Brady so if they loose without Brady seeding or tie brackets will be because of this

  2. mmack66 says: Sep 16, 2016 2:37 PM

    This guy sure does have an inferiority complex. He complains a lot as well.

  3. eljefedelmundo says: Sep 16, 2016 2:39 PM

    Surely he has bigger problems?

    Like where to find an elite QB who doesn’t melt in big moments

  4. trollaikman8 says: Sep 16, 2016 2:41 PM

    Never heard a peep from this guy in 10 years but now he can’t keep his trap shut.

  5. nomad57 says: Sep 16, 2016 2:41 PM

    I can’t figure out what he’s trying to accomplish by still complaining about this, other than a tool to further the us against them angle.
    It just looks bad.

  6. citizenstrange says: Sep 16, 2016 2:41 PM

    Lat year the 49ers beat 20-3 in the Monday night opener and and then had to fly to Pittsburgh the next game and lost to the Steelers 43-18.

    I’d say the scheduling is more unfair to the Niners.

  7. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 16, 2016 2:41 PM

    The league almost always schedules a SB rematch at the winnner’s home stadium and has done so for what, at least 20 years?

    So you had to go through what every other Super Bowl loser has had to go through for years, but you don’t think its fair?

    SMH what a jerk.

  8. gridironmike says: Sep 16, 2016 2:43 PM

    Wow. No wonder his quarterback is a prima donna who can’t deal with life when things go wrong. Many have wondered why Ron tolerates Cam’s childish, petulant antics. Here’s why. They’re no different!

    The alternative to playing in the league’s highest profile regular season game is playing a bunch of 1:00 games, like your team is used to doing. Back to irrelevance it is!

  9. everlast79 says: Sep 16, 2016 2:43 PM

    I love Ron, but he needs to let it go!

  10. skawh says: Sep 16, 2016 2:46 PM

    Learn to stop answering the questions! Do you think Belacheck would answer them? He’d say we’re on to next season. Whining 8 days after a game makes you look very weak.

  11. saints737 says: Sep 16, 2016 2:46 PM

    The Vikings had to do it in Prime Time in 2010 after a loss to the Saints in the NFCCG.

    Nobody complained. Quit being a baby Rivera, surprised he didn’t play the race card too.

  12. Deb says: Sep 16, 2016 2:47 PM

    Seriously? Where has Rivera been? If the league gets a chance to open the season with a Super Bowl rematch, they do. If not, they try for a rematch of the Super Bowl team with their conference championship opponent or a big rival. The home game typically goes to the Super Bowl winner. The champion Ravens were screwed on that a couple of years ago because of Baltimore’s baseball team. They had cause to complain.

    Usually I like Rivera, but in this case it sounds as though the whiny QB apple we saw in the Super Bowl didn’t fall far from the coaching tree.

  13. gregmas1970 says: Sep 16, 2016 2:49 PM

    Hey Ron, you still play 8 at home and 8 on the road, right? Hell, the Bengals haven’t opened the season at home since 2009. Cry me a river.

  14. hang3xc says: Sep 16, 2016 2:51 PM

    Exactly half of the teams play on the road opening day, so they certainly aren’t being singled out. What’s the problem?

  15. iamkillerfin says: Sep 16, 2016 2:51 PM

    Should have on the super bowl then!!!

  16. cardinealsfan20 says: Sep 16, 2016 2:51 PM

    Once again, it seems Rivera is not the great guy everyone was led to believe. All the hyped up “just do your job correctly” stuff, and blaming some poor worker for allegedly causing his house to catch fire, was apparently an act.

  17. ggagne66 says: Sep 16, 2016 2:54 PM

    I use to really root for Ron Rivera. But he has become a professional whiner.

  18. TheCakeIsALie says: Sep 16, 2016 2:56 PM

    Fans and media may not like it, but the best response is always “it is what it is”.

  19. riderspantherssk says: Sep 16, 2016 2:59 PM

    Media complains when players and coaches don’t take the bait and refuse to give them sound clips. Media complains when coaches and players give full answers because they don’t like the answer…There is no way to win, which is why everyone would be better off following the Belichek model of media interaction.

  20. bleedingfacemask says: Sep 16, 2016 2:59 PM

    “Rivera continued to lament the fact the Panthers had to open the season on the road last Thursday night”

    I read the quotes, and didn’t see any complaint from Rivera about opening on the road, which is common for the losing Super Bowl team.

    However, I saw him complaining about the media asking him over and over about the so-called “Super Bowl rematch” to open the season, tho’…which is the first time it’s happened in the last few decades.

    The media is so thin-skinned, they don’t even want to acknowledge that a coach was complaining about THEM.

  21. aballinhighgrass says: Sep 16, 2016 3:00 PM

    I could never, ever imagine Belichick complaining like this. Ever!

  22. riderspantherssk says: Sep 16, 2016 3:01 PM

    saints737 says:
    Sep 16, 2016 2:46 PM
    The Vikings had to do it in Prime Time in 2010 after a loss to the Saints in the NFCCG.

    Nobody complained. Quit being a baby Rivera, surprised he didn’t play the race card too.

    _______

    There’s an obvious difference between these two scenarios that an Aints fan may not be quick enough to grasp…

  23. fyxias says: Sep 16, 2016 3:01 PM

    “harrisonhits2 says:
    Sep 16, 2016 2:41 PM
    The league almost always schedules a SB rematch at the winnner’s home stadium and has done so for what, at least 20 years?

    So you had to go through what every other Super Bowl loser has had to go through for years, but you don’t think its fair?

    SMH what a jerk.”

    Shows what you know. The SB rematch hasn’t been the first game of the season since 1970. It was considered a perk of going to be able to open at home and celebrate the conference title with fans. But don’t let the facts get in the way of your hate.

  24. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 16, 2016 3:05 PM

    Next week he’ll be complaining about having to open up at home against the 49ers juggernaut. “Deliberate attempt to humiliate us in front of our own crowd.”.

  25. Modern Day Einstein says: Sep 16, 2016 3:06 PM

    The last time the Vikings opened the season at home was 2007.

    Shut up dude.

  26. scmems07 says: Sep 16, 2016 3:06 PM

    It’s pretty obvious why this is happening to you Riverboat Ron, everyone knows it…..it’s because Cam Newton is your QB.

  27. lscottman3 says: Sep 16, 2016 3:12 PM

    so its no longer just keep pounding, it is now just keep sounding?

  28. returntoexcellence says: Sep 16, 2016 3:13 PM

    If only there had been a way for him to guarantee a home game in the opener, . . .
    ________________

    What do you mean?

    ~Baltimore Ravens

  29. motsuret06 says: Sep 16, 2016 3:17 PM

    The best way not to have to deal with it is win the damn games and the Panthers lost to the Denver Btoncos twice in seven months. Sour grapes complaining when you are stinking up the joint and losing. Losing sucks. Nobody like it. So find a way to win. Winning fixes everything. Get a kicker who can make clutch field goals. Thats the ticket Rivera.

  30. picaroon45 says: Sep 16, 2016 3:17 PM

    2003 the Super Bowl Champions (Buccaneers) had to go on the road for a NFC Championship rematch because the Eagles had a new stadium. The Bucs closed Vet in January and then laid claim to the Lincoln in September in front of “Rocky”. Cry me a Rivera.

  31. pastabelly says: Sep 16, 2016 3:18 PM

    I don’t understand this. His first game was a road game and his second game is at home. Miami opens up at Seattle and then goes to New England. If anyone has a complaint, it’s Miami. Of course, they get to play the Patriots without Tom Brady, so they aren’t complaining too much.

  32. mmack66 says: Sep 16, 2016 3:21 PM

    Ron should start sitting during the National Anthem until he and the Panthers gets some respect.

  33. johnteedee says: Sep 16, 2016 3:22 PM

    Does he want some cheese with his wine!

  34. greenwhodat26 says: Sep 16, 2016 3:27 PM

    Last season the Saints had to play on SNF at home and then turn around and play in Carolina in TNF just four days later. Shut up, little Ronnie.

  35. whatjusthapped says: Sep 16, 2016 3:28 PM

    He should stand in line behind the Packers who are forced to open with two straight away games. Admittedly, the second game is only against the Vikings but its still two road games.

  36. boisestatewhodat says: Sep 16, 2016 3:38 PM

    Deal with it Ron…16 teams open the season on the road! What makes you so special? The fact that you lost the superbowl and your club still doesn’t have a championship? Bye falicia!

  37. leroyquimby says: Sep 16, 2016 3:41 PM

    Maybe he should sit during the national anthem until something is done about it.

  38. clancy528 says: Sep 16, 2016 3:43 PM

    He’s still complaining about a game that was played over a week ago? Get a clue Ron….if you wanted a home game to open the season, think about winning the Super Bowl!!!

  39. mmack66 says: Sep 16, 2016 3:47 PM

    bleedingfacemask says:
    Sep 16, 2016 2:59 PM

    I read the quotes, and didn’t see any complaint from Rivera about opening on the road, which is common for the losing Super Bowl team.
    ————————-

    Read it again. He feels like, as NFC champions, they should be able to open their season at home, as a way to reward their fans.

  40. orangeraider says: Sep 16, 2016 3:47 PM

    If you can’t handles this pressure, QUIT you loser

  41. ajames35 says: Sep 16, 2016 3:47 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    The league almost always schedules a SB rematch at the winnner’s home stadium and has done so for what, at least 20 years?
    —-
    That’s very rare actually. What you’re probably thinking of is that the SB winner typically starts at home in the Thursday season-opener, but not vs SB loser.

  42. ajames35 says: Sep 16, 2016 3:49 PM

    As a Panthers fan, I really wish Ron would just give a non-answer on these questions. What’s the point of complaning now? It just comes off as whining, whether he intends that or not.

  43. mogogo1 says: Sep 16, 2016 3:49 PM

    This is going to be a tough season for them compared to last. Tougher schedule and they’ve got a target on themselves this year. Best to look forward rather than keep complaining about where your game was back in Week 1.

  44. parilli15 says: Sep 16, 2016 3:51 PM

    Rivera may be complaining again next year. If the Panthers lose to the Patriots in the Super Bowl this February, they likely will get to open next season in Foxboro. (Their other 2017 AFC opponents will be Bills, Dolphins and Jets so Super Bowl rematches there are unlikely.)

  45. tommynatorii says: Sep 16, 2016 3:51 PM

    You don’t have it so bad Ron,
    game 1 Fins @ Seattle
    game 2 Fins @ New England

  46. saints737 says: Sep 16, 2016 3:51 PM

    riderspantherssk says:
    Sep 16, 2016 3:01 PM
    saints737 says:
    Sep 16, 2016 2:46 PM
    The Vikings had to do it in Prime Time in 2010 after a loss to the Saints in the NFCCG.

    Nobody complained. Quit being a baby Rivera, surprised he didn’t play the race card too.

    _______

    There’s an obvious difference between these two scenarios that an Aints fan may not be quick enough to grasp…

    ________

    What One game? Pretty sure the NFCCG the Vikes had was much more difficult to overcome the next year than what the Panthers went through in that Super Bowl…

  47. bigbaldpapahawk says: Sep 16, 2016 3:53 PM

    Listen to this whiny turd. The Seahawks started last season (after the SB loss to the Patriots) with two games on the road to St Louis and Green Bay. It happens to other teams too.

  48. Della Street says: Sep 16, 2016 3:59 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Sep 16, 2016 2:41 PM
    The league almost always schedules a SB rematch at the winnner’s home stadium and has done so for what, at least 20 years?

    So you had to go through what every other Super Bowl loser has had to go through for years, but you don’t think its fair?

    SMH what a jerk.

    ________________________

    You’re wrong. This is the first season in a LONG time that the SB teams played each other on week 1.

    SMH. What a dummy.

  49. todoubled says: Sep 16, 2016 4:11 PM

    Ron worry about winning the super bowl and you’ll get what you want. The league doesn’t conform to what one coach wants. Your comments are quite disrespectful to the Broncos and it’s fans. Take the two losses and shut up.

  50. bak2bak2bakhaters says: Sep 16, 2016 5:25 PM

    DON’T TRIP,were so pleased to show you ALL it won’t be anything & 0,HAAAA TOO FUNNY, GET THIS CRAP OFF BRONCOS SITE,2&0 WE NEED TO SAY NO MORE…. BRONCOS COUNTRY

  51. bigdogsolec says: Sep 16, 2016 8:01 PM

    UUHHMM….. COACH RIVERA
    NEWS BREAK FOR YOU

    they have always pitted the superbowl contenders against each other to start the season ” WITH THE WINNER BEING AT HOME ”

    quit crying and catch up with the real world

  52. finfansince68 says: Sep 16, 2016 9:51 PM

    Look out – ScheduleGate is about to begin! lol

  53. MichaelEdits says: Sep 16, 2016 10:08 PM

    Every time he speaks, he reminds me how lucky I am that he coaches MY home team. #KeepPounding

  54. 101cmb1502 says: Sep 17, 2016 12:22 AM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Sep 16, 2016 2:41 PM
    The league almost always schedules a SB rematch at the winnner’s home stadium and has done so for what, at least 20 years?

    No they haven’t had a SB rematch since the Vikings and chiefs in SB 3 I belive. But you are right there’s no reason to complane.

  55. 101cmb1502 says: Sep 17, 2016 12:28 AM

    The NFL has never had a SB rematch as the 1st game the next year. He didn’t win anything though. He acts like winning a NFC championship matters. Maybe they should of thrown you a parade after your SB lost and that would of helped.

  56. robryanisthedude says: Sep 17, 2016 1:22 AM

    parilli15 says:
    Sep 16, 2016 3:51 PM

    Rivera may be complaining again next year. If the Panthers lose to the Patriots in the Super Bowl this February, they likely will get to open next season in Foxboro. (Their other 2017 AFC opponents will be Bills, Dolphins and Jets so Super Bowl rematches there are unlikely.)

    —————————–

    Actually, it could only be the Patriots or Jets. Dolphins and Bills go to Charlotte next year.

  57. morbidtaint says: Sep 17, 2016 2:38 AM

    It is annoying having to open up your season against the team who beat you in the Super Bowl on the night they’re hanging their banner and celebrating it. Ratings are important to the NFL tho, and they thought that would snag a ton. (it didn’t) So maybe they put the super bowl rematches later in the season from now on, who knows. I agree with the sentiment that there’s no point in continuing to gripe about it though, it’s over, time to move on to the 49ers and get the season back on track.
    Also, Cam is an elite QB and you’re all jealous of either not having an elite QB or having an elite QB that doesn’t get as much attention as Cam does. Crybabies.

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