Cam Newton “forever grateful” to Ron Rivera

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The Panthers fired coach Ron Rivera on Tuesday, and Cam Newton is sorry to see him go.

Newton, who has played for Rivera since the Panthers selected him with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, wrote on Instagram that he’ll miss playing for the only NFL head coach he’s had.

“Will be forever grateful because of the impact you had on my life,” Newton wrote. “Thank you for giving me an opportunity. Thank you for believing in me. I can go on and on but most importantly, thank you for allowing me to be me.”

Newton added that “This one hurt deep.”

What we don’t know is who will be the next head coach in Carolina, and whether that coach will want Newton to be his franchise quarterback. Newton is under contract to the Panthers for one more season, and his 2020 cap hit of $21.1 million is not overly high by franchise quarterback standards. But a new coach may want to implement a new offense and bring in his own quarterback to run it.

If Rivera is hired elsewhere, it wouldn’t be surprising to see that team also trade for Newton. It’s possible that the two of them aren’t finished working together.

35 responses to “Cam Newton “forever grateful” to Ron Rivera

  1. That’s players speak for “I want you to sign me when you get a new job because I know I will get cut.”

  2. A new head coach may simply not want Cam Newton (shocking).
    Ron Rivera may not want Cam Newton (shocking).

  3. “Forever grateful” for being enabled and not held accountable, which has led to this.

    Newton’s career is effectively over and Rivers walks out the door with his tail between his legs for bad leadership.

    Great stuff!

  4. It will be difficult not to ruminate upon what might have been, had Cam been healthy these past two seasons… such is life. I think that the move to fire Rivera mid-season is indicative of the fates of Newton, Hurney, and Norv/Scott Turner. Change is afoot in Carolina, and though it is bittersweet, as I believe Cam Newton, when healthy, to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, I welcome the changes. Look at the 49ers and Ravens; just two seasons ago, they were both far from contenders. Things can change quickly in the NFL, and I hope that these changes prove to be for the best. Thank you, Ron Rivera and Cam Newton, for being class acts and making Panthers football must-see TV again. You’ll both be missed.

  5. Cam is going to assume a Joe Flacco role for the rest of his career. Maybe start… eventually get hurt… go on IR and/or hold a clipboard. Good work if you can get it.

  6. Newton’s career is effectively over and Rivers walks out the door with his tail between his legs for bad leadership.

    Great stuff!
    ——
    All of that is wrong.

  7. Where does it hurt, Cam?

    Does it hurt too much to risk jumping on your own fumble? I mean, some people say your unwillingness to risk that pain in the most important moment of your life (literally) might become your defining moment. Most coaches probably don’t want people on their team who view themselves as superheros while being unwilling to risk a bit of pain to save a game from their own errors/fumbles.

  8. I said the same thing earlier that i wouldn’t be surprised to see Cam follow Ron. Cam said on his IG acct. Ron allowed him to be him, so that also meant the crazy attire, scarfs, hair style, shenanigans on and off the field. Pretty much let Cam run amuck where as we know, no new coach isn’t going to stand for that!

  9. Forever grateful for what Cam? For failing to fully develop you? For failing to show up for that Superbowl? For failing to protect you when you were hurt? Or perhaps you’re forever grateful for Ron ruining your career which is what he did. You stink bro and it has a lot to do with the coach you’ll forever be connected too

  10. Cam’s terrible play is part of the reason Rivera got fired. If Rivera is dumb enough to want to trade for him should he get another head coaching job he should immediately be fired.

  11. Bullcrap, Rivera didn’t ruin Newton’s career. Newton is responsible for not improving his accuracy. The only thing Rivera is guilty of is being too loyal to Newton when he wasn’t getting it done. Rivera is a good coach that didn’t had barely adequate talent, partly due to Gettleman running quality players away. Gettleman may have done so because the previous owner didn’t want to pay for bettet talent. They shoud have kept Steve Smith & maybe Josh Norman.

  12. If Rivera is hired elsewhere, it wouldn’t be surprising to see that team also trade for Newton. It’s possible that the two of them aren’t finished working together.
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    Huh? Why would a team like the Giants trade for Newton?

  13. Giants fan here. Think it’s pretty obvious that Shurmur won’t be back with the Giants. Lots of speculation that Rivera may go to the Giants. That’s fine with me, but for the love of all that is holy, please DO NOT bring Cam with you!!

  14. Archie Manning is helping Eli buy the Chargers after this season.

    With 46 active players and about 15 coaches he can attribute his fake game-worn-while-Eli-coached equipment to, he figures to break even by late December, and that’s counting just the $1,000 fraudulent jerseys!

    From there, it’s straight profit: shoulder pads, cleats, socks, wristband, big brother Peyton’s faked game-used syringes, the lie– er, sky is the limit!

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