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November 05, 2012

Rivera wants focus on players, not on Fox

Halfway through his weekly press conference Monday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera was asked about facing Peyton Manning this week.

“Well, I wanted to enjoy this a little bit longer,” Rivera said, smiling.

The Panthers (2-6) snapped a five-game losing streak with Sunday's 21-13 win at Washington, their first victory since Sept. 16.

Rivera praised the play of his defense, saying they have come together following the season-ending injuries to linebacker Jon Beason and cornerback Chris Gamble. The Panthers kept Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in check, but face another challenge when Manning and the Broncos come to town.

The Manning storyline figures to be overshadowed by the return of former Panthers coach John Fox, who led Denver to a playoff win last year and has the Broncos (5-3) in first place in the AFC West.

Rivera, who has said the Panthers need to “trend upward” to keep his job under the next general manager, already is trying to downplay the Fox talk.

“I know Coach Fox. I have a little bit of background with him. But the nice thing about that though is that he and I don't have to go out and line up on the field,” Rivera said.

“This week is about the players playing against each other. It'll be our offense against their defense, (our) defense against (their) offense and our special teams playing against one another. Just from my point of view, the less we say about that the better. I really think this is about the players.”

As for the Panthers' players, Rivera had a couple of personnel updates.

--Kick returner Kealoha Pilares will undergo an MRI on his shoulder Tuesday after getting injured in the second half against the Redskins.

--Pilares' status could impact the decision on WR David Gettis, who started the season on the physically unable to perform list with a shoulder injury. Gettis has been practicing and must be activated by Tuesday or he will finish the season on PUP.

--No. 2 wideout Brandon LaFell will be back this week after missing Sunday's game with post-concussion symptoms.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on November 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM | Permalink


Sure hope they activate Gettis.

Posted by: Mainone | Nov 5, 2012 1:26:13 PM

This front 4 of Carolina DEFENSE has shocked the HELL out of me. They are playing way better than expectations...I take my hat off to the front 4....

Posted by: KENJ | Nov 5, 2012 1:41:09 PM

John. Say what? Say word! Fox. I know right? Say what? Say word!. John. Fox. Say what? Say word! John. Fox. I know right?

Posted by: RonJeremyTheHedgeHog | Nov 5, 2012 1:43:19 PM

Great win this week. Keep Mo on our side! Proud of my Panthers!

Posted by: dirt3racer | Nov 5, 2012 1:55:19 PM

Welcome back John Fox!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Stores that sell chewing gum | Nov 5, 2012 2:04:56 PM

John, do you miss me? I bet dealing with ole' horse face is getting old.

Posted by: Marty | Nov 5, 2012 2:07:34 PM

Of course Rivera doesn't want any focus on the coach Richardson and Hurney threw under the bus for all Hurney's mistakes and ran out of town as the scapegoat. Rivera is inept and a joke of a coach compared to Fox, the less attention on this the better.

Side note, no coincidence the defense is playing 1000% better without dead weight Jon Beason on the field huh? He was draggin the whole team down. Good riddance!

Go Panthers, welcome back coach fox!

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Nov 5, 2012 2:09:49 PM

Only one play left to make if Rivera wants to keep his job. Instill some toughness. Put a bounty on Peyton Manning in this game. Motivate the Panthers to destroy him and play hard. Imagine the respect our D would get if Peyton is carted off the field, would be a franchise changing moment.

Posted by: big gulps | Nov 5, 2012 2:18:25 PM

Rivera, you haven't earned the right to demand anything -- take a hike piker!

I listened to Andrew Luck interviewed after the Colts win yesterday, what a breath of fresh air. Concise, well spoken, professional...

...sit up and take notice Kitty Kat.

Luck doesn't have a touchdown dance does he? Didn't think so. Bet he gets a great chuckle out of ol' Kitty Kat.

Posted by: George Hanson | Nov 5, 2012 2:27:04 PM

Did someone say bounty?

Posted by: Roger Goodell | Nov 5, 2012 2:27:59 PM

put a bounty on george hanson, go kiss luck azz somewhere else..this is a panther blog

Posted by: pantherworld | Nov 5, 2012 2:31:58 PM

I'll do the chicken dance if I ever run one in.

"Clap clap clap clap"

Posted by: Andrew Luck | Nov 5, 2012 2:39:56 PM

Never did understand the John Fox hype. He has never had 2 straight winning seasons (Denver was 8-8 last year). Forget "defensive-minded;" he is so in love with defense he has managed to convince legions of people that a punt is a good play. His coaching is straight out of 1965 Packers camp ("Run in the alley", "3 things can happen when you throw, and 2 are bad"). Peyton signed there because the head coach is a eunich (coach, how long will Peyton play in this preseason game? "I don't know; he hasn't told me yet"). The only halftime adjustments he has ever made in his life are to clap faster and chew gum harder. He's an idiot and I'm glad he's gone from here. I hope Cam throws for 400 yards and we win by 20. Then send Fox and his prehistoric ways back out of town on the horse and buggy he rode in on.

Posted by: J | Nov 5, 2012 2:43:12 PM

Why would anyone want to focus on Denver's defensive coordinator?

Posted by: Mike P | Nov 5, 2012 3:01:10 PM

It is what it was!

Posted by: joe cool | Nov 5, 2012 3:37:42 PM

Our punter is terrible. Maybe focus on his "trend upward", cause right now, he is "trend downward". 6 and 14 yard punts in consecutive weeks.

Posted by: oddjob | Nov 5, 2012 3:47:40 PM

Elway wanted Peyton because he knows how Manning coaches from qb. He calls the shots and ole Foxy can stand on the sidelines and chew his gum, look confused, and then make the call when defense is on the field. Fox would never call the plays that the Denver offense is playing. Remember, the Fox way is run, run, shot pass, punt.

Posted by: tiredofcontroversy2012 | Nov 5, 2012 5:03:13 PM

"Denver was 8-8 last year".

yeah, and won their division. and won a playoff game. with tim freaking tebow.

bash Fox all you want, he's so much better than Rivera its not even funny. go ask fans in Denver who they'd rather have

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Nov 5, 2012 5:27:16 PM

It tain't what is was. It's sometimes worse! New coach with the new GM is a step in the right direction. Losing as many close games as we lose....all on the coaching. I was at the Chicago game. Absolutely terrible coaching. Yes, he passed on that fg as the first half ended. What an idiot!

Posted by: YeahRight | Nov 5, 2012 5:31:36 PM

It tis what it twas

Posted by: Chadillac | Nov 5, 2012 6:35:54 PM

The front 4 has been devastating the last two weeks. I hope they can do the same to Denver. Peyton is not mobile so the Denver line had better be stout or Peyton is going to be seeing alot of sky.

Posted by: dcboy60 | Nov 5, 2012 8:32:49 PM

fox would be 4-4 or 5-3 right now with this team.

keep in mind fox has jack del rio as defensive coordinator. that would have happened here also. the last time we had fox and del rio together.......

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 6, 2012 1:42:37 PM

all the panthers needed was to win a game on the road. now keep the momentum rolling.get after manning show him no sympathy at all. run the ball dwn their throats.and we the panthers come out on top.

Posted by: ziggy | Nov 6, 2012 2:02:33 PM

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