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Ron Rivera to Panthers players: Take care of your job first

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 25:  Head coach Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers watches on against the Minnesota Vikings during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Panthers are 1-4 after a sluggish performance against the Buccaneers on Monday night and there are plenty of places to point in an attempt to explain why things haven’t gone their way after a run to the NFC title last year.

There’s been poor pass protection, a slew of turnovers, injuries to starting players and subpar play in the secondary, to name a few of those areas that have fallen short. On Tuesday, coach Ron Rivera added another suggestion to the pile.

Rivera said that he thinks some of the team’s key players have been trying to do too much to push the team in a better direction. He said players are “tending toward trying to make things happen instead of just being disciplined” and that negative plays are happening as a result.

“Some of our guys that didn’t play well, they played hard, but in some cases too hard, trying to make plays and trying to do things that aren’t their job. Because of that, we made a few more errors,” Rivera said, via the team’s website. “We’re pressing. There’s a lot of pressure, a lot of expectations, and these are things that we have to make sure we understand. Take care of your job first.”

While Rivera didn’t name names, he did suggest the front seven on defense is a place where the pressing is happening by noting that they had “a couple of guys vacate their gaps” to open up holes for Jacquizz Rodgers to run through in the loss to the Bucs. The defensive front was a major strength for Carolina last season and is one of the areas falling short as the team allows over a touchdown more per game than they did last season.

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8 Responses to “Ron Rivera to Panthers players: Take care of your job first”
  1. pastabelly says: Oct 12, 2016 7:53 AM

    Do your job. Where have we heard that before?

  2. Ron Jull says: Oct 12, 2016 8:05 AM

    Less of the stupid dabbing and showboating from I Am Cam would go a long way. I love watching thatt hotdog get plastered.

  3. randy8123 says: Oct 12, 2016 8:32 AM

    Josh Norman just ordered a second cup of tea, and what the heck, a blackberry scone.

  4. dpberke says: Oct 12, 2016 9:42 AM

    Another 1 year wonder and a paper lion … which is why here in New England we laugh at the 31 other owners and Goodell, who’ve tried their best to level the playing field through dishonest suspensions and stripping them of important draft picks… 17 years and still the gold standard of consistency and greatness! The NFL and it’s crybaby fans should stop making excuses and just acknowledge the genius and focus of what can be accomplished with hard work and preparation.

  5. sb44champs says: Oct 12, 2016 9:42 AM

    Cam’s short window is closed shut… The play calling will now have to be altered, more pass oriented to accommodate the concussion prone Newton which doesn’t fit his style of play (See RGIII)

  6. bobthebillsfan says: Oct 12, 2016 1:58 PM

    One year wonder? I wonder if they can make it to 8-8.

  7. ibillwt says: Oct 12, 2016 9:10 PM

    Hey, give the guy a break; he could do a lot worse than trying to emulate The Great Bill Belichick.

  8. justbegbaby says: Oct 13, 2016 1:51 PM

    Translation: “Do your job first but Cam, by all means, take time for your daily public roller skating exhibition. It is beautiful art man!”

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