Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ron Rivera takes over defensive play-calling for Panthers | AP sports

Ron Rivera takes over defensive play-calling for Panthers | AP sports

If the Carolina Panthers are going to pull out of a frustrating tailspin, they'll have to do it without three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen.

"You can either celebrate or sulk and sob", the Carolina quarterback said. "That has been so helpful for me in my growth as a man".

Following their loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rivera took over defensive duties for the Panthers. We're on the record over the last eight years what we feel about Ron. He was benched after throwing four interceptions the previous week at Cincinnati. Carolina's defense, long known for its knack for creating takeaways and pressuring the quarterback, has forced just one turnover in the past four games and is tied for 19th in the league in sacks.

Adams saved the final two picks for the fourth quarter where he snuffed out any Panthers' hopes of a momentum swing when he snatched the second interception after Newton hit Curtis Samuel on a 31-yard pass play to the Buccaneers' 43 with just over 12 minutes remaining. "There are no question marks".

"I was helping with the defensive play-calling all day", told reporters Sunday afternoon, via the Charlotte Observer. His 237 yards from scrimmage against the Seahawks were the most in franchise history. He also led the Bucs in rushing with 48 yards on five attempts.

Newton joked that you shouldn't call the 5-foot-10, 205-pound McCaffrey "small", because he hates being labeled a small back. "With C-Mac, he has always been a workhorse". There's no denying that. "Thanks to the D-Line, Cam kind of threw it late and it was kind of wobbly". In that game they intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick twice. While Sunday was an exception, the defense has struggled through that stretch.

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"We gave ourselves a chance at the end of the game, but you've got to make some plays earlier so it doesn't come down to that", Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly said.

The Panthers haven't won since beating Tampa Bay 42-28 on November 4.

But Rivera was involved with the play-calling in Sunday's loss too.

Bradberry is expected to draw Evans again.

Rivera, a two-time National Football League coach of the year with a 70-53-1 record as the Panthers head coach, has seen his team go from contending for the NFC South after a 6-2 start to being on the outside looking in at the playoff picture after losing four in a row — including a 52-21 beatdown at Pittsburgh in a nationally televised game November 6. "Even though they're a one-high team, it felt like Eric Reid was just coming to me no matter what".

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