Ron Rivera: Circumstances didn’t allow for team to go after Cam Newton

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Washington could have signed Cam Newton. It didn’t.

Instead, Ron Rivera, who spent nine years with Newton in Carolina, traded a fifth-round choice to the Panthers for Kyle Allen to back up Dwayne Haskins.

So Newton signed with the Patriots on Sunday, giving him a chance to win the starting job.

“If the circumstances had allowed us, I would not have had an issue with that,” Rivera said on 670 The Score on Monday, via NBCSportsWashington.com. “I would’ve been very confident and comfortable going after him and bringing him to be part of what we’re doing here.”

Haskins, 23, has only seven starts, but Washington drafted him to be its quarterback of the present and the future.

Rivera didn’t want Newton to be a progress-stopper for Haskins, whom the coach said they will show patience.

“That’s the benefit of being a new head coach is that we can be patient,” Rivera said. “We can put these guys through workouts and get to know what we have and feel good about it or don’t feel good about it. Then we have to go out and make some changes, but until we get that opportunity to know what we have, it would’ve been very hard to bring a guy in who’s had such a solid career, who was a league MVP at one time and expect the young guy to get his chances to grow.”

33 responses to “Ron Rivera: Circumstances didn’t allow for team to go after Cam Newton

  1. Probably can’t afford Newton due to salary cap. Alex Smith still on books for $25 mil plus, right?

  2. 32 teams “could have” signed him. Washington just drafted a QB in round 1 last year, right? So like many teams, if they believe they have a QB signing one isn’t a priority. If it wasn’t the Redskins would this have been news?

  3. These teams fall in love with young QB’s and in the end it probably stunts their development. Much better off sitting for a year, two or three to learn the complexities of the NFL. Look at Mayfield, Darnold, Winston, Jones, etc. Meanwhile Cam, a former MVP, waits for work.

  4. I know they spent a first on Haskin, but if Alex Smith proves healthy I don’t see how you wouldn’t put him on the field. He is only 36 and could play at least 4 more years.

  5. Dwayne Haskins is a budding star. A guy who knows a thing or two about quarterbacks, Doug Williams, said that Dwayne had elite arm talent and had the best arm out of any quarterback coming out of the last two drafts. And the numbers back that up. Dwayne threw for 50 touchdowns to only 8 interceptions at a 70 percent completion rate at OSU. Last year, he had the highest Pro Football Focus rankings of all the rookie quarterbacks. He came up particularly strong by the end of the year. Ron knows what he is doing. It is no slight to Cam but the Redskins future is with Dwayne.

  6. How can one expect Dwayne Haskins to be the starter/leader/ for the fan base and his teammates. As well as learn and gain experience with Cam Newton in the same locker room.

    If they struggle early the locker room and fan base would be screaming for Cam before they even gave Haskins a fair shot.

  7. Refreshing to hear an honest answer from Rivera. Always such a stand up guy. Fail to see how a healthy Cam doesn’t win out over Stidham.

  8. Cam Newton will only last a few games. once that injury bug sets in it just grows and festers

  9. shanegry says:

    June 30, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    32 teams “could have” signed him. Washington just drafted a QB in round 1 last year, right? So like many teams, if they believe they have a QB signing one isn’t a priority. If it wasn’t the Redskins would this have been news
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    It would have been news no matter the team name as long as Rivera was the coach.

  10. “The owner wanted this guy as QB, which frankly baffles me as much as it does most of you. If he does well, it reflects well on me, and if he fails, he’s the owner’s guy.”

  11. pbdisciple says:
    June 30, 2020 at 3:38 pm
    Probably can’t afford Newton due to salary cap. Alex Smith still on books for $25 mil plus, right?

    Funny you say that Redskins have the second most cap space available right now at 36.5 million. They could definitely afford Cam but they might actually believe in a second year player that only played 7 games.

  12. These teams fall in love with young QB’s and in the end it probably stunts their development. Much better off sitting for a year, two or three to learn the complexities of the NFL. Look at Mayfield, Darnold, Winston, Jones, etc. Meanwhile Cam, a former MVP, waits for work.
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    You want Haskins to learn how NOT to jump on a football rolling around on the ground in the biggest game of the year? I don’t want that as my mentor for my young QB. So, no thank you.
    I’ll stick with Alex Smith. Probably the BEST mentor in football.

  13. I’m sure Dwayne Haskins appreciated that circumstances didn’t allow going after Cam not much of a vote of confidence!

  14. I think Cam’s asking price was too high till he ran out of options. A cheap one an done contract? I rest my case.

  15. ditkaorthehurricane says:
    June 30, 2020 at 4:51 pm
    Refreshing to hear an honest answer from Rivera. Always such a stand up guy. Fail to see how a healthy Cam doesn’t win out over Stidham.

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    I think you mean an ‘in his prime’ level Cam and of course Stidham wouldn’t have a chance. A prime Cam would probably be a top 5 qb. But its pretty unlikely that is what the Patriots are getting. More likely they are going to get a moderate to high percent Cam which will beat Stidham out unless (because really none of us know) it turns out that Stidham is in fact quite good in which case Cam will certainly be a good hard push in practice. And uf Stidham us not good then A moderate to high % Cam will be a nice upgrade.

  16. Riverboat Ron is a wise man. He stuck by (S)Cam through thick and thin in Carolina, but that time is past, he is in a new job, the owner pushed for the drafting of Haskins, and, right or wrong, Riviera sees enough in Haskins to know that (S)cam, though a talent, comes with lots of baggage and miles on the tires. Kyle Allen is a decent backup though not a threat to a young man (Haskins) who is a bit immature and has a fragile ego. Riviera played for the Bears D under Buddy Ryan, so he knows how and when to be a harda$$. But for now, everything is sweetness and light. Why stir up controversy unnecessarily?

  17. Good news/Bad New for Cam. I would not be the least bit surprised to see Dwayne and Cam face off in the Super Bowl this season. But it to take it one step further, I could easily see Chase Young reprising the Von Miller role with similar consequences for Cam.

  18. Circumstances is the key word. New England just got busted again for cheating, and they were desperate for a headline grabber. That’s all this is about.

  19. Not going after Newton is a smart move. That is why 31 teams did not go after him either.

  20. jurgyisgod says:
    June 30, 2020 at 4:12 pm
    Dwayne Haskins is a budding star. A guy who knows a thing or two about quarterbacks, Doug Williams, said that Dwayne had elite arm talent and had the best arm out of any quarterback coming out of the last two drafts. And the numbers back that up. Dwayne threw for 50 touchdowns to only 8 interceptions at a 70 percent completion rate at OSU. Last year, he had the highest Pro Football Focus rankings of all the rookie quarterbacks. He came up particularly strong by the end of the year. Ron knows what he is doing. It is no slight to Cam but the Redskins future is with Dwayne.
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    do tell how doug williams is a qb guru…please provide at least one example lmaooo

  21. I guess a lot of team did not want to take a chance on Cam considering the gravity of his injuries. But again, you need a team where a starter is needed in the first place. And then, the Covid situation, with the possibility of not even have a 2020 season.

  22. So my question is you had Cam in his prime and you basically ruined him so what’s your point Ron you lost me

  23. Sure thing Joshgordonsbong: As a quarterback, Doug is in the College Football Hall of Fame, made the All Rookie Team, won a Super Bowl, was a Super Bowl MVP, held four Super Bowl passing records, is in the Redskins Hall of Fame, and was wisely recognized as one best qb coaches in the both the collegiate and pro ranks. Doug has had a remarkable career — look to Dwayne follow his example.

  24. As an Eagles fan I’m glad the Washington franchise didn’t sign Cam Newton. Cam Newton, for all of his faults if healthy would have made the Washington franchise a legitimate playoff contender. I’ll be happy to see the garbage Washington franchise floundering in the basement of the NFC East for years to come with their weak QB and offensive archaic namesake.

  25. cromagarmy76 says:
    July 1, 2020 at 5:46 am
    As an Eagles fan I’m glad the Washington franchise didn’t sign Cam Newton. Cam Newton, for all of his faults if healthy would have made the Washington franchise a legitimate playoff contender. I’ll be happy to see the garbage Washington franchise floundering in the basement of the NFC East for years to come with their weak QB and offensive archaic namesake.

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    If the Redskins would have signed Cam Newton you would have said– “As an Eagles fan I’m glad the Redskins signed Cam Newton.” The rest of your hater post would have been the same. People like you are so predictable.

  26. cromagarmy76 says:
    July 1, 2020 at 5:46 am
    As an Eagles fan I’m glad the Washington franchise didn’t sign Cam Newton. Cam Newton, for all of his faults if healthy would have made the Washington franchise a legitimate playoff contender. I’ll be happy to see the garbage Washington franchise floundering in the basement of the NFC East for years to come with their weak QB and offensive archaic namesake.

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    As a Redskins fan, I’m glad that the Philadelphia franchise chose to draft Jalen Hurts, as now they have 2 quarterbacks who have been successful at watching their replacement a championship. I’ll be happy to see that garbage franchise wallow in mediocrity for years to come while blindly insisting their team is elite because they won a championship 4 years ago and that their coach is brilliant because he goes for it on fourth down.

  27. Sure thing Joshgordonsbong: As a quarterback, Doug is in the College Football Hall of Fame, made the All Rookie Team, won a Super Bowl, was a Super Bowl MVP, held four Super Bowl passing records, is in the Redskins Hall of Fame, and was wisely recognized as one best qb coaches in the both the collegiate and pro ranks. Doug has had a remarkable career — look to Dwayne follow his example.
    ……………………………………………………………………………….
    you listed reasons on why he’s a good qb…i never said he wasn’t…still waiting for one good example of him being a qb guru

  28. trollingforjustice says:
    June 30, 2020 at 5:09 pm
    Cam Newton will only last a few games. once that injury bug sets in it just grows and festers

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    Word has it that Ashey Manning is getting her HGH delivered to Cam’s house….

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