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October 08, 2012

Rivera thinks Newton is pressing

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he believes second-year quarterback Cam Newton has been pressing and trying to hit too many downfield passes when other receivers are open underneath.

Newton had one of his worst games Sunday in a 16-12 loss to Seattle. He completed 41.4 percent of his passes (12 of 29) for 141 yards – both career lows – and was sacked four times.

Newton did not lead a touchdown drive.

“I think he's pressing, personally I do. He wants to make things happen so much,” Rivera said Monday. “He's trying very hard to do those things, do the right things. It's all part of him developing as a football player.”

Newton targeted veteran wideout Steve Smith 13 times against the Seahawks, resulting in four catches for 40 yards. No other wideout or tight end was targeted more than three times.

Although the Panthers' vertical stretch offense relies on downfield throws, Rivera said Newton needs to learn there are times when shorter passes are better.

“It's not just to advance the ball quickly. But it's to work the different levels, different options and different combinations that are there. They take this away, come down and get this,” Rivera said. “I think sometimes he holds it a little bit. He's waiting for that guy to clear, and sometimes it's too late.”

Newton ranks 20th in the league with a 80.9 quarterback rating, down slightly from his 84.5 rating during his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2011. He has completed 58.8 percent of his passes, also a slight decrease from last season when he completed 60 percent.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on October 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM | Permalink


Rivera, needs to get that Defensive Coordinator S.McD, out and get a real (DC). Then get CAM some quality Wide Recievers!!! Steve Smith is doubled and that's it. GET some real WR, that demand double coverage and can catch the ball. Tightends are great but that will not work. Pass first then run. Opens up the defense!

Posted by: Southernboy JJ | Oct 8, 2012 12:44:01 PM

He is pressing because he isnt being coached. Get back to the running game and stop being cute. Not every play has to be a "chunk" play. Run left for 3 yards, run right for 3 yards and give it to Cam to do his thing on 3rd down.
We had the ball on the 1 foot line and instead of using the biggest QB the league has ever seen to sneak it, We bootleg. Stupid.

Posted by: Michael | Oct 8, 2012 12:46:07 PM

A REAL STAR qb will find wide recievers even if they are not the best. we have brandon lafell and olsen who were constantly wide open, yet Newton kept making poor decions. Very concerned about our qb moving forward.

Posted by: John | Oct 8, 2012 12:54:23 PM

Pressing? Sure he is. He is not an NFL QB. He lacks the mental ability. He will never be able to read the D. He will never be able to seperate his headlines from the teams wins. Cam is about Cam, not the Panthers.

Posted by: TRADE BAIT | Oct 8, 2012 12:57:43 PM

A real defensive coordinator? Our defense played great! Scored 9 of our 12 points!

Olsen was open all day and Cam wouldn't throw to him. Even the Fox guys kept commenting on how Olsen was open but Cam wouldn't even look at him. I guess Cam felt Olsen got too much press this past week and got his feelings hurt.

Someone aske Ryan Kahlil if he has his tickets to the Hello Kitty Bowl yet!

Posted by: ManInCharlotte | Oct 8, 2012 1:00:12 PM

Cam will turn it around. All you negative Nancies
Need to chill. Giant fans wanted Eli out in year two, and Falcon fans
Wouldn't even show up for year 2 of Matt Ryan.

Posted by: Pantherhead | Oct 8, 2012 1:04:42 PM

@ManInCharlotte | Oct 8, 2012 1:00:12 PM

If you think the defense PLAYED GREAT! Why did we lose? Because the other team SCORED more points on OUR DEFENSE!!!

Posted by: Southernboy JJ | Oct 8, 2012 1:14:30 PM

The pro game is different from the HS and college game - so should be the coaches. I'll keep rooting for the team but this is a man's game and should be played and coached like a man. I see problems persisting going forward.

Posted by: chris wagner | Oct 8, 2012 1:15:02 PM

Within the next month Cam will be booed off the field in CLT, will get benched for the next game, and will threaten quitting. This guy is one step away from pulling a Kerry Collins. He is in NO WAY ready for life in the NFL. He is a child masquerading as an adult.

Posted by: I am right, ur wrong | Oct 8, 2012 1:18:37 PM

@Southernboy JJ -- Geez that is ignorant. So if we would have lost 0 to 3 - you still would blame the defense because they scored more points??

What if we lost 0 to 2 - then who do you blame??

Posted by: Patrick | Oct 8, 2012 1:19:36 PM

@Southern Boy. The D got pushed around yardage-wise but only gave up 16 points. That's sixteen freakin' points. And they scored the lone TD in the game. If you're even a half-way decent offense, you should beat a team when the D only gives up 16 points. Instead, they couldn't even score a single TD. Our offense, despite their hype, is obviouly garbage right now.

Posted by: PantherD | Oct 8, 2012 1:25:39 PM

Honestly, I really think Cam was mad at Olsen (like the commentator on Fox suggested) and didn't even look to throw his way til late. Olsen gave him an earful last week several times. Especially when Cam snapped the ball too late, resulting in one of Steve Smith's catch for a first down getting reviewed and negated. That's sad on Cam's part...real sad.

Posted by: PantherD | Oct 8, 2012 1:29:24 PM

Right now, the defense is the least of the Panthers problem. Like someone else stated, they were responsible for most of the points the Panthers scored yesterday. The Panthers real problem is that they lack both the personnel AND play calling to punch the ball in from the 6 on 1st and Goal with the game on the line.

Posted by: PantherDave | Oct 8, 2012 1:30:11 PM

@Southernboy JJ: The defense gave up yards, but held Seattle to sixteen points. That's sixteen freakin' points. And the D scored the lone TD of the game. If you're a half-way decent offense, you should win the game when your D gives up sixteen points. Our overhyped offense couldn't even score a touchdown. They are obviously garbage right now.

Posted by: PantherD | Oct 8, 2012 1:33:43 PM

It's funny how many people are down on the Panthers because of their dismal play. If you would have paid close attention to the team last year, you would have known that we were not a very good team then. We were the product of no training camp, new coach, new coordinators and a new franchise QB. No one knew who we were or what to expect. This year teams have had a chance to look at plenty of film, thus, in the words of former Cardinals coach Dennis Green; we are exactly who they thought we were, and that's not a very good football team. So, in my opinion, we are about where we should be. Year 2 of a 4 year project...Go Panthers!!!!

Posted by: C.Bax | Oct 8, 2012 1:34:53 PM

If Cam had run on 4th and 1 against the Falcons and Seahawks,Carolina would have
probably won both games. It is likely that
Mike Smith and Pete Carroll feel the same way. Newton was a star basketball player
in high school, with an unbelieveable vertical leap.

Not looking forward to the rematch in Charlotte. Newton will be focused and on a mission.

Posted by: ATL FAN | Oct 8, 2012 1:37:01 PM

C. Bax

We are also on a ten year plan to the Super Bowl. Problem is we are on year 17 of that ten year plan.

Posted by: LUKKKKEEEEE | Oct 8, 2012 1:37:02 PM


Sorry but which Falcons fans wouldn't show up for Ryan's second season? The Falcons actually finished 9-7 that year, which is a far cry from the Panthers team.

Posted by: PE | Oct 8, 2012 1:39:51 PM

Sick of hearing whining about the coaching and Hurney and Richardson. They're not the best front office/coaches. But at a certain point players need to execute and make plays. When your best player (supposedly #1) has two chances to outright put a game away and get a W, he can't fumble (last week) or not hit a three yard pass to a wide open receiver. That's on HIM- not the coaches/front office. He was given the opportunity to win and he hasn't executed.

Posted by: PantherD | Oct 8, 2012 1:40:52 PM

Hey, Andrew Luck was down 21-3 to the Packers yesterday. He came back and won. His team was 2-14 last year.

Posted by: PantherD | Oct 8, 2012 1:41:29 PM

Are any of you "Experts" getting paid for your outstanding advice? Clearly the random know-it-alls on their computers know more about the sport than the paid professionals. If the Panthers would just listen to some of you they might have more wins, heck, maybe be undefeated! Get real. Its about having talent and taking advantage of opportunities (such as not fumbling after picking up a crucial first down). While there are many talented players on the Panthers roster, they are not currently making plays. If Cam is playing bad, his 10 teammates have to pick up the slack and block better, or make a great catch, or whatever is needed. Cam cannot be the only player on the offense making plays. This team can get back on track, but it will be a complete team effort.

Posted by: Not a Coach | Oct 8, 2012 1:46:04 PM

To all the people who keep sayin Cam should have run it in: if you can't regularly complete a three yard pass to a wide open receiver, you shouldn't be an NFL QB. (Cam should be one, but he needs to execute better than he has).

Posted by: PantherD | Oct 8, 2012 1:57:50 PM

Newton is getting exposed. He's not or will ever be a "situational player". As evident last year, it's easy to pass/run when the game is out of reach and defenses are "letting" you move downfield, as long as you burn the clock. But when the defenses are playing defense; Newton will never be successful ala Delhomme.

Posted by: Ben Dover | Oct 8, 2012 2:05:23 PM

Really, really Coach? How about Cam never threw to Olsen or LaFell till the very end of the game and he could have a touch down but his problem--his very problem is that he want to run in for the touchdown himself for the glory and because of that he misses plays to open guys. This is not a one man team called Cam Newton.

This is called never never hire a QB who wants to run/pass and missess the passing game cause he is too busy looking to run. The teams are wise to him and will shut him down--tell Cam this is not high school or college this is the NFL--men are in this game.

Posted by: Steve | Oct 8, 2012 2:09:12 PM

There are 4 things wrong with the Panthers period. Marty Hurney MUST GO! Ron Rivera needs to act like he did as a player and get fired up instead of sleeping through the game and someone on that team needs to take over and be THE LEADER because they have NO HEART!!!

Posted by: Bryan | Oct 8, 2012 2:10:11 PM

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