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September 15, 2011

Rivera: Playing well not good enough

Ron Rivera had no problem with what linebacker Thomas Davis said Wednesday about being "tired of talking about Aaron Rodgers" and that the Panthers "should come away with a victory" Sunday against defending Super Bowl-champion Green Bay.

Rivera said Davis was not disrespecting the Packers, just pointing out the Panthers -- despite a young team and last year's 2-14 finish -- should not be satisfied with close losses.

Davis also expressed his dismay with fans who were excited about the Panthers' showing in a 28-21 loss at Arizona, which was 5-11 in 2010 -- including a loss to Carolina.

"Don't be surprised when we play good, I guess is the message he's getting at," Rivera said. "Yeah, it's great people want to support us for that. But the bottom line is we didn't win. We take losing very personal. Thomas takes it very personal. ... Just being good or exciting is not (enough)."

Rivera also liked Cam Newton's reaction after the Cardinals' game, in which he broke Peyton Manning's record for passing yards by a rookie in his debut.

"Cam said it best after the game: This feeling's not very good," said Rivera, the former Bears and Chargers defensive coordinator. "It isn't. It sticks with you. I've been on a lot of winning teams lately. And when you lose, it's tough. I have six years in a row being on a winning team, and this is going to be a work in progress. I expect to be on a winning team this year."

Gotta love the confidence from Rivera, whose last losing season was with Chicago when the Bears went 5-11 in 2004 -- two years before making it to the Super Bowl.

In other news ...

--Rivera left open the possibility that right tackle Jeff Otah (concussion) could play Sunday against Green Bay. But undrafted rookie Byron Bell told reporters earlier in the day coaches had told him he would make his first career start Sunday in place of Otah.

Otah declined comment Thursday, saying he had been told not to talk to the media.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on September 15, 2011 at 04:22 PM | Permalink

Comments

OK, so delusional was obviously among the things Richardson was looking for in hiring a coach. Check. Explains why the first eight interviews landed him not so much as a sniff.

Posted by: MichaelProcton | Sep 15, 2011 4:40:11 PM

Oh, good. ^ This guy again.

Posted by: jeff | Sep 15, 2011 4:54:27 PM

Mike you are a terd and i am ashamed to be used by you.

Posted by: Proctons Tampon | Sep 15, 2011 5:06:07 PM

Mike you are a terd and i am ashamed to be used by you.

Posted by: Proctons Tampon | Sep 15, 2011 5:06:07 PM

Mike Procton is a troll that takes it in the ssa

Posted by: Michael Proctons Bra | Sep 15, 2011 5:07:24 PM

You suck

Posted by: Proctons a Loser | Sep 15, 2011 5:08:32 PM

procton, what are you talking about?
Would you rather hear someone talk for 5 minutes and at the end, realize he said absolutely nothing.

Posted by: 10-4!! | Sep 15, 2011 5:13:14 PM

Has anyone noticed that Mike Goodson does not make plays in crucial situations. I actually think that he is a risk to fumble everytime he touches the ball. Why on that last game drive was he even in the game, instead of Williams or Stewart? That is the kind of in-depth reporting we need during the week. My two cents: trade Goodson for a defensive back and pick up a good back-up RB off the waiver wire.

Posted by: moboythunder | Sep 15, 2011 5:22:39 PM

Gotta give it to Procton....."sigh"....

Posted by: nasty 704 | Sep 15, 2011 6:23:40 PM

@Moboy. I STILL don't know why we got rid of Sutton .

Posted by: nasty 704 | Sep 15, 2011 6:26:14 PM

Is Michael "I pucker my lips for proctologists" Procton at it again? The ultimate hater and know it all nothing and why I rarely post here anymore. I imagine him as a 18 year-old fat boy who has no redeeming social skills and alternates between all male porn sites and the sports sections of various publications while pooping his zits and picking his nose. You go kiddo.

Posted by: bigmoneyjake | Sep 15, 2011 7:38:58 PM

nasty loves elton john so be careful or he will sic his boyfriend on you.

Posted by: mike procto | Sep 15, 2011 7:40:57 PM

Guys - please leave the fat fag alone.

Posted by: Joe Pearson | Sep 15, 2011 8:10:49 PM

Padre, alabamos y gracias por elegirnos para compartir en un sacerdocio de su hijo. Nos ayuda a saber que incluso en nuestra debilidad nos ama y tiene necesidad de nosotros para renovar tu pueblo. Nos ayudan a reconocer su llamado a los laicos y a fomentar el papel su citación de espíritu adelante de ellos en su iglesia. Nos permiten ser un signo constante de esperanza a todos tu gente, especialmente a aquellos que están desanimados y agotados. Enviar tu espíritu para potenciarnos tocar las vidas de quienes están alienados y cínico. Nos ayudan a orar mejor y crecer en santidad. Fortalecer nuestros corazones con un amor casto y desinteresado. Estar cercanos a nosotros en nuestra soledad y nos enriquecen con la cercanía de verdaderos amigos. Nos ayuda a apreciar que podemos ser fructíferos en el Ministerio de su hijo sólo en Unión con nuestro obispo, en solidaridad con nuestros compañeros sacerdotes y en escuchar su espíritu hablando en las vidas de hombres y mujeres en la iglesia. Padre, construir en nosotros la unidad que tu hijo oró para con sus apóstoles en su última cena. Nos recuerdan que nuestra Fraternidad Sacerdotal nos llama siempre a ayudarnos unos a otros. Podemos ser verdaderos hermanos a los sacerdotes que están enfermos, sobrecargados con trabajo, lejos de su patria, solitario, o que han fallado de alguna manera. Padre, hacemos nuestra oración para que, a través de tu hijo Jesucristo, el primer sacerdote, en Unión con el Espíritu Santo, que UNGE a todos sacerdotes, forever and ever. Amén.

Posted by: Padre Francisco | Sep 15, 2011 8:21:40 PM

Goodson is not a winner! He's the OchoCinco of running backs!

Posted by: David | Sep 15, 2011 9:23:41 PM

Goodson is not a winner! He's the OchoCinco of running backs!

Posted by: David | Sep 15, 2011 9:23:41 PM

Goodson is not a winner! He's the OchoCinco of running backs!

Posted by: David | Sep 15, 2011 9:23:41 PM

cheetos are more good.

Posted by: Vinny T. | Sep 16, 2011 9:32:24 AM

what is this?? i bet proctons a hole gets jealous of all ths s h i t that comes out of his mouth.

Posted by: me | Sep 16, 2011 11:04:04 AM

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