Ron Rivera: Don’t bet against Cam Newton

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Washington head coach Ron Rivera will no longer be working with Cam Newton as his quarterback. But while Rivera is with Washington and Newton now with the New England Patriots, Rivera believes his former quarterback has a good chance at returning to his former form.

He’s headed in the right direction,” Rivera said on 670 The Score. “I mean, he’s probably about as healthy as it gets from what I’ve seen on video. I think he’s ready to bust out.

“I would never bet against the young man, that’s for sure.”

Rivera and Newton spent nine years connected together as head coach and quarterback for the Panthers. Rivera was let go after last season as the Panthers wanted to change things up under new owner David Tepper. Newton was released by Carolina in late March after the initial waves of free agency had already come to pass.

Newton has been banged up the last few seasons. He’s twice had to have his throwing shoulder operated on and also missed 14 games last season due to a Lisfranc sprain in his foot. With teams unable to get an in-person look at Newton due to COVID-19 in free agency, he remained unsigned until the Patriots finally signed him to a one-year deal on Sunday.

“Don’t bet against him,” Rivera reiterated. “I really wouldn’t. First of all, you got to know who he is and understand what all he’s gone through. He’s a guy that’s always tried to do things, I think, because he’s felt the pressure. He felt the pressure of being the No. 1 overall pick. He felt the pressure of having won the Heisman Trophy and being the No. 1 overall pick. He felt the pressure of being a black quarterback, with all the stuff that’s been heaped on him.

“He’s really had to find his way through it, and he’s done a great job with it.”

Newton now gets to pair with Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels as he tries to get back to the type of player he was when he won the league MVP in 2015 with the Panthers.

40 responses to “Ron Rivera: Don’t bet against Cam Newton

  1. Week 2 Dolphins at Patriots. I bet the dolphins ML.
    Riverboat Ron, I JUST BET against cam week 2. hoooooooh good luck.

  2. Cam newton will look like Ocho Cinco did in New England. Cam has a lot of arm talent and can run. He struggles with getting his offense into the right play against defenses. He’s not a student of the game and he got exposed. Cam will have good games and win some for sure,he will always struggle to win against really good defenses.

  3. Kap won the playoff game on the road against Newton in Carolina in 2013 and he beat Tom Brady in the regular season game against New England in 2012. Yet there are amateurs who are dead certain that Kap is a lousy quarterback and that is why he is still unemployed.

  4. Don’t ask Cam to pounce on the fumbled ball in the Super Bowl either. Might get an owie.

  5. Wish him the best. Even at 80% of what he was a few years ago, that beats out about half the league.

  6. I am not ‘betting against him’, indeed I think it will be fascinating to see what transpires there. Will he buy into Belichick’s culture? If so, for how long? What will happen if he strings a few bad games together? Will he get down on himself/team/culture? What if Belichick becomes exactly what Cam needs?
    No one can quite put a finger on the ‘towel on head despondent’, inexplicable lack of effort in the SB, but the signs of being mentally weak are there. He sure rides high when things go well, but I don’t think overcoming adversity is a strength for Newton. Can Bill fix that?
    We’ll see, but betting either way is dumb.

  7. AKA “Snider wouldn’t let me sign him, now I have to groom Haskins, and watch Cam play for a title”

  8. Well given the news outta vegas yesterday…that is exactly what people are gonna do 😛

  9. Look at the picture of the 2 of them…..Rivera was an NFL linebacker and is not a small man. Newton looks huge.

  10. I would like to place a bet that the babushka and all the other oddball get-ups
    don’t make an appearance in Patriot World.

  11. The fail to dive on a fumble? Yeah, I’m betting the Patriots players aren’t betting on Newton..
    #dumpsterdiving.

  12. He’s a running QB who can’t run anymore and never did have the smarts to begin with.

  13. The reason he did not sign Cam is because of Haskins. Cam would of been a much bigger threat and Haskins and the goal is to build Haskins up. It’s all about confidence!!

  14. Funny that Coach Rivera would say not to bet against Cam, when he has bet directly against Cam. Rivera would rather give up picks for Kyle Allen then get Newton for next to nothing. Nothing more than lip service here.

  15. jetsdude says:
    June 30, 2020 at 10:00 am
    Funny that Coach Rivera would say not to bet against Cam, when he has bet directly against Cam. Rivera would rather give up picks for Kyle Allen then get Newton for next to nothing. Nothing more than lip service here.
    =========================

    He gave up A PICK (singular- 5th rounder no less) for a dude who can be a decent stopgap for the skins in case Haskins isn’t ready, and who already knows Rivera’s style. Quite frankly (and it isn’t saying much), Allen outplayed Haskins last year.

    Not to mention that the rest of the NFL felt comfortable letting Cam sit as a F.A. as well. I’m surprised it took so long, but with his recent injury issues no one can claim to be shocked.

  16. Riverboat doubled down on Cam letting him play when every player, coach and fan knew Cam could only throw the ball 10 yards.

  17. Methinks the PATS are number ONE in the AFC East again (Sorry to say.) Belicheat will put in an offense that is light years better than what he had with Brady.

  18. Cam had ONE good year as a passer. Has completed 60% or more of his throws only TWICE since his rookie year and is a turnover machine. Now he goes to a team where Brady complained pretty much every week about his WR sucking…and it’s the same group of WR? Oh and he is coming off another injury but people are pegging him as a MVP caliber player? Come on! Carolina had some solid teams and Cam often held them down with his lackluster passing. Brady last year struggled with this same offense…not sure how Cam all of a sudden becomes a legit QB even if Belichick is his HC. Cam’s best feature was his running ability. His running skills are nowhere near what they once were due to all the wear and tear. He is so much like Vick. Great athlete, mediocre passer. Reid fixed Vick for 1 year, he looked like a good passer but he resorted back to his old ways. I can’t see Cam being any
    different at this point because all he has ever known is playing the way he has always played. Hard for a guy to adapt, especially one who is known as a pretty big diva, is set in his ways.

    11: 84.5 rat, 60.0%, 21td/17int, 5 fumbles
    12: 86.2 rat, 57.7%, 19td/12int, 9 fumbles
    13: 88.8 rat, 61.7%, 24td/13int, 3 fumbles
    14: 82.1 rat, 58.5%, 18td/12int, 9 fumbles
    15: 99.4 rat, 59.8%, 35td/10int, 5 fumbles
    16: 75.8 rat, 52.9%, 19td/14int, 3 fumbles
    17: 80.7 rat, 59.1%, 22td/16int, 9 fumbles
    18: 94.2 rat, 67.9%, 24td/13int, 6 fumbles
    19: 71.0 rat, 56.2%, 0td/1int, 2 fumbles

  19. cancerman2020 says:
    June 30, 2020 at 8:46 am
    Look at the picture of the 2 of them…..Rivera was an NFL linebacker and is not a small man. Newton looks huge.
    —————————————————————————-

    Rivera: 6’3, 235 pounds
    Newton: 6’4, 245 pounds

    Newton is taller, weighs more than when Rivera played. Rivera also is 58, Cam is 31.

  20. I wouldn’t bet against him. Then again, I wouldn’t bet for him, either.

    Let’s just wait and see how this plays out. It’ll be interesting no matter what.

  21. Cam Newton should be ecstatic about his opportunity with the Patriots. Any other deal he signed would have locked him into a backup role with no chance to start. With NE, he gets a real shot at starting week 1. Stidham has zero experience and signing Cam means Belichick doesn’t have much faith in him. As long as Cam focuses solely on football for the next 6 months, a strong comeback is very good possibility.

  22. Wayleftfield says:
    June 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm
    Methinks the PATS are number ONE in the AFC East again (Sorry to say.) Belicheat will put in an offense that is light years better than what he had with Brady.

    Bill has NOTHING to do with the offense and never has.
    He doesn’t put anything in.
    Per his words “I don’t have anything to do with the offense, Josh and Tom install the offense and the game plan” he may offer some suggestions but that’s about it.

    The offense the Patriots run isn’t some “magical system” it come from Ray Perkins (I cant remember the other guys name ) then Charlie Wiese took it over then Josh McDaniels and Bill Obrian
    Sure it may have been tweaked along the ways over the years

    But Bill has very little to do with it.

  23. nunya says:
    June 30, 2020 at 12:57 am

    Unless it’s fighting for a loose ball in the Super Bowl. Then definitely bet against him.

    ===========

    To all those saying this: Please share a link to a video clip of your team’s QB diving into a scrum over a loose ball.

  24. flash1224 says:
    June 30, 2020 at 1:35 pm
    Wayleftfield says:
    June 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm
    Methinks the PATS are number ONE in the AFC East again (Sorry to say.) Belicheat will put in an offense that is light years better than what he had with Brady.

    Bill has NOTHING to do with the offense and never has.
    He doesn’t put anything in.
    Per his words “I don’t have anything to do with the offense, Josh and Tom install the offense and the game plan” he may offer some suggestions but that’s about it.

    The offense the Patriots run isn’t some “magical system” it come from Ray Perkins (I cant remember the other guys name ) then Charlie Wiese took it over then Josh McDaniels and Bill Obrian
    Sure it may have been tweaked along the ways over the years

    But Bill has very little to do with it.
    ———————————————————————–
    Bill has a LOT to do with the offense. He is the head coach and he his his fingers in every aspect of the football team. He may give Josh free reign, but only after approving everything.
    That said, I have never been a fan of Cam. However, this is a great opportunity for him, and how much will he take advantage of it? He will get much better coaching, with a much better team. So does he become a humble, let me learn as much about the position as possible, and improve? Or is he, I’m the great Cam Newton, and I know what is best? It is up to him. Personally, I think he will opt for choice two.

  25. kevpft says:
    June 30, 2020 at 1:54 pm
    nunya says:
    June 30, 2020 at 12:57 am

    Unless it’s fighting for a loose ball in the Super Bowl. Then definitely bet against him.

    ===========

    To all those saying this: Please share a link to a video clip of your team’s QB diving into a scrum over a loose ball.

    ======================

    It was the super bowl. In a year when they nearly went undefeated. OF COURSE it’s going to be remembered/harped on for eternity.

    Had they won the game it would’ve been dropped. But they didn’t so…

    I don’t see what other teams’ QB’s have to do with this at all.

  26. just be honest….bill wanted cam so people don’t act like Kap should be in a patriot costume…and bill can still get his QB OTF in next year’s draft. cam is better than kap, and will be easier to drop without all the drama.

  27. To all those saying this: Please share a link to a video clip of your team’s QB diving into a scrum over a loose ball.

    Tom Brady did it many times

  28. onlywinnersgetwings says:
    June 30, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    kevpft says:
    June 30, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    To all those saying this: Please share a link to a video clip of your team’s QB diving into a scrum over a loose ball.

    ======================

    It was the super bowl. In a year when they nearly went undefeated. OF COURSE it’s going to be remembered/harped on for eternity.

    I don’t see what other teams’ QB’s have to do with this at all.

    =============

    Okay, fine – share a link to a video clip of a QB diving into a scrum over a loose ball in the Super Bowl.

  29. californianewton says:
    June 30, 2020 at 1:12 am
    Kap won the playoff game on the road against Newton in Carolina in 2013 and he beat Tom Brady in the regular season game against New England in 2012. Yet there are amateurs who are dead certain that Kap is a lousy quarterback and that is why he is still unemployed.
    ————

    I had assumed all commenters were amateurs. Are some of you guys getting paid?

  30. kevpft says:
    June 30, 2020 at 1:54 pm
    nunya says:
    June 30, 2020 at 12:57 am

    Unless it’s fighting for a loose ball in the Super Bowl. Then definitely bet against him.

    ===========

    To all those saying this: Please share a link to a video clip of your team’s QB diving into a scrum over a loose ball.

    ———————
    I put up a couple.

  31. kevpft says:
    June 30, 2020 at 3:19 pm
    onlywinnersgetwings says:
    June 30, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    kevpft says:
    June 30, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    To all those saying this: Please share a link to a video clip of your team’s QB diving into a scrum over a loose ball.

    ======================

    It was the super bowl. In a year when they nearly went undefeated. OF COURSE it’s going to be remembered/harped on for eternity.

    I don’t see what other teams’ QB’s have to do with this at all.

    =============

    Okay, fine – share a link to a video clip of a QB diving into a scrum over a loose ball in the Super Bowl.

    ===============================

    No amount of moving the goalposts will make this argument any more effective or valid.

    It was the Super Bowl. All eyes on them, biggest game of their lives, etc.

    Fair or not, the fact that Cam stood there and hesitated and then fully held back will be the lasting memory attached to him until he replaces it with something else. If he wins a super bowl in NE this year for instance, you can bet that the nonstop sharing of the gif of the non-dive moment will go down dramatically.

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