Ron Rivera: I’ve thought about Cam Newton, it depends on circumstances

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Cam Newton became a free agent when the Panthers released him and there haven’t been any signs that he’s close to landing a job for the upcoming season.

That didn’t change during an interview with his former head coach, but Ron Rivera did say he’s given some thought to the prospect of reuniting with Newton. The Washington head coach was on NFL Network Thursday and faced a question about whether there’s been any consideration given to signing Newton.

Rivera didn’t say it was out of the question, but he said the focus is on 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins and recent trade acquisition Kyle Allen for the time being.

“You know, the thing about Cam really is the situation,” Rivera said. “We’re in a situation where we’ve got two really young quarterbacks, one that’s been with us, been in the system, understands how we want things done and the other one is a guy who was taken last year in the first round and shows some promise. You go back and break Dwayne down, you see a lot of positive things. I think with Cam, and I have thought about it, I mean, it’s something that’s run through my mind, and it’s about the situation and circumstances. I’m not sure I would do it. I’m not sure if I wouldn’t do it. It depends on circumstances.”

The circumstances work against Newton in Washington and everywhere else in the league because of the questions about his health and the inability for teams to bring him in for medical examinations and/or workouts at this point in time. It looks increasingly likely that those circumstances will have to change before Newton’s situation does.

10 responses to “Ron Rivera: I’ve thought about Cam Newton, it depends on circumstances

  1. Wait, just yesterday someone was screaming how “amazing” it was that Cam was still unsigned, how he was hands-down better than the vast majority of the starting QBs in the game!

    I’m so confused.

  2. Very indecisive. Not a good start for the Redskins.

    Hmm. Just a polite way of saying he’s not interested without having to answer for his past sins with Cam, like I thot he was your guy, dude! As for the Redskins, well, yeah, we’ll see. I’m not sold on Rivera being a good coach but even if he is, there’s the other stuff in that team to overcome. Not sure any one man can do it.

  3. Circumstances like if he finds himself in Milan needing a fashion forward outfit he’d definitely give Cam a call.

  4. avengingcowboy says:
    April 30, 2020 at 2:23 pm
    Very indecisive. Not a good start for the Redskins.
    If you evaluate things an NFL coach says to a reporter and come away with some kind of value judgment, you don’t know much about NFL coaches.

  5. You sign the QB who took over for Newton, and then you sign Newton? That clearly make no sense! Not even in Washington!

    This is just Ron Rivera helping prop up his old QB find a job somewhere.

  6. Rivera being diplomatic. Newton’s entire game is dependent on being a running threat. When he can’t run because of injury, age or he goes up against a D who can stop the run without so seriously weaken the pass D, Cam can’t consistantly move the ball through the air. There were games where he did performed well in the pocket but that was against teams who had a weak pass rush giving Cam lots of time or it was a matter of DBs who can’t cover even for the 2 1/2-3 seconds that most defenses give QBs to make reads and throws. The reasons most older QBs can still play past their physical prime is because of their play in the pocket not their legs. If Cam can regain his former running abilities he can be a fairly good QB, but if not, he doesn’t have anything to fall back on.

  7. Dwayne Haskins shattered a dozen Big Ten records in his only year as a starter at OSU. In his last four games with the Skins, his QB rating was sixth in the league. Let’s give the the kid a chance.

  8. I guarantee you Rivera is looking for a QB. He’ll likely let things play out one year, but Rivera also might just go ahead and pull the trigger if the right opportunity comes up. But I’m not getting my hopes up about any success in Washington. The coach’s names keep changing, but the losing under Dan Snyder shows no signs of letting up.

  9. Panthers were tired of Cam’s old act, another me first player. New generation sucks.

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