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August 12, 2013

Rivera pleased with late-half play in first preseason game

SPARTANBURG In a preseason game, what teams do in their situational packages is sometimes more important than whatever the final score may be.

For the Panthers, coach Ron Rivera said he was pleased with how his squad—both second- and third-team offenses and defenses—played during the four- and two-minute drills at the end of each half Friday night.

Carolina got the ball at its own 18 with 4:39 remaining in the first half, and backup quarterback Derek Anderson led the Panthers on an 11-play, 82-yard drive that ended with a Kenjon Barner 5-yard touchdown with 23 seconds left.

“Getting a chance to watch the tape, there were some real good individual efforts and then there were a couple of real good team things that went on,” Rivera said Sunday night after practice.

“We had an opportunity in the first half, we changed our four-minute and turned it into a two minute.”

The Panthers had just one third down attempt on that drive, and Anderson completed a pass to Barner in the middle of the field to convert the 3-and-8 and avoid a three-and-out series.

“And then at the end of the game we tried to get a four-minute drill going and we almost completed it,” Rivera said. “But it was good to see the defense get out there and have a two-minute drill as well.”

Led by Jimmy Clausen at quarterback, the Panthers got the ball with 5:34 left in the game at their own 28. He extended one drive with his feet—picking up five yards on a third-down scramble—but couldn’t connect with Kealoha Pilares on 3-and-4.

The Panthers defense held against a no-huddle Bears offense. Chicago started at its own 15 with 3:10 left but stalled on 4-and-8 from the Carolina 48 in the final seconds. That drive consisted of nine plays, one sack and one third down conversion.

The Panthers travel Thursday to Philadelphia for the second game of the preseason.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on August 12, 2013 at 08:30 AM | Permalink


Coaching looks to be our biggest obstacle.

Hate to say it, but I think Rivera is on a very short leash with the new GM. 1-2 yrs and we'll make a nice upgrade.

Posted by: big gulps | Aug 12, 2013 9:00:23 AM

^^^ Del Rio should be the guy.

we don't even need to change coordinators or position players either. we just need a guy who knows how to manage time outs, knows when to punt and when to go for it, knows when to kick a long field goal and when not to, knows how to manage risk on 3rd and long, and values turnover ratio more than yards totals.

think about it.....

2012 total offesne: 12th
2012 total defense: 10th

2012 w/l finish: tied for 18th.

doesn't take a whole lot of analysis to recognize the elephant sitting over there.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 12, 2013 10:25:30 AM

agree charlottean,

it is going to be the classic case of, he's a great guy, but there are way better coach's out there. team will win more games with a better coach.

Posted by: big gulps | Aug 12, 2013 10:52:43 AM

Shula might be our HC very soon. I could see him running the team in 1-2 years depending how this season unfolds.

Posted by: green eggs n cam | Aug 12, 2013 11:16:47 AM

Kugbila is a bust and should be cut and the sooner the better.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Aug 12, 2013 11:45:35 AM

Maybe I missed something what did he do so bad in this Game? He being Rivera

Posted by: David | Aug 12, 2013 12:37:45 PM

Please give Rivera a chance before you go making assumptions and calling for his head. I don't know how many times I have to say this. The players like Rivera. He admitted his mistakes. He's improved in wins every year he's been here. He inherited a 2-14 team with a rookie QB and rookie coaches (himself included) and turned it into 6-10, during the shortened season that year.

Del Rio is a joke. He didn't do anything in over eight years down in Jacksonville as the head coach. Why be so quick to cut ties with Rivera when Fox was given chance after chance? At least Rivera is a people's coach.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Aug 12, 2013 12:39:25 PM

Rivera should be here at least another 3 years. Let him and the team get established. Don't start over now. The team is heading the right direction.

Posted by: Kelly Tripuka | Aug 12, 2013 1:46:20 PM

There is enough talent here that it is going to be pretty tough to screw this season up. I think one of us could coach this team.
Just a glimpse of how good this defense is going to be. I think shula and Rivera have it figured out. I think Rivera has earned alot of experience in short period. However we will see.

Posted by: 10-4!! | Aug 12, 2013 2:33:17 PM

you want to keep rivera because he's likeable?

players HATE tom coughlin. wes welker just cried about how much he hated playing for belichek.

the guy just doesn't know what he's doing. I like the guy too, but he's just not very smart. his decision making the past 2 years has been horrible.

and yeah....jack del rio made the playoffs twice, both times losing to new england, went 68-71 overall and didn't have much for teams to play with. name some of the players that played under del rio........you're gonna say jones drew and garrard and then sit there like who the eff did they have all those years? nobody.

only reason i say del rio is because we can't get fox back and he's the next best thing. I could see shula maybe stepping up.

how long of a chance does rivera get? he's got a stacked team.....that is consistently losing games because of his horrible decision making. our core isn't getting any younger, you want to waste another few years of coming up short?

this is a playoff caliber team. he's made it appear that it is not, but it definitely is. one of the best rosters we've assembled if not THE best.

and you want another 3 years of "prevent" D up by 4 in the 4th quarter? not me. eff no.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 12, 2013 5:26:46 PM

Big guppy is a big idiot from lousiana who drank the water in the swamp.

Posted by: Hugo Panther | Aug 12, 2013 5:59:59 PM


When mocking someone, make sure you can at least spell the state you are using to mock the person with.

Keep up the good work,

Posted by: panther nutz | Aug 12, 2013 7:18:46 PM

I agree totally with charlottean...this team is stacked and was stacked last year enough to win 10 games and Rivera is just horrible at coaching. Sure the team likes him but that aint the point..we're losing games we should be definitely winning. I would rather they have a coach they don't necessarily like but that they respect and Im sure we will make a SuperBowl appearance before Smitty retires. I like Rivera as a person ..he has a good personality and I'm sure that's what got him this job because it obviously wasn't his knowledge of the game and decision making skills as a coach.

Posted by: chris | Aug 13, 2013 12:42:18 PM

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