Carolina Panthers

2nd NFC South (5-8-1)

Founded: 1995

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium

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  • Cam to start vs. Browns

    Cam Newton has been cleared to start at quarterback for the Panthers against the Browns, Ian Rapoport reported. Newton, who missed last week's game, is nursing a back injury incurred in a car crash.
  • Cam listed as probable for Panthers

    Cam Newton remains on track to start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera wouldn't name the starter but said he is "confident" Newton will play barring a setback.
  • Rivera: Newton on track to start

    Cam Newton took first-team reps in practice Thursday, and coach Ron Rivera told reports the QB is on track to start Sunday vs. the Browns. What does this mean for the Panthers' playoff hopes?
  • Rivera not sure if Cam or Anderson starts

    Cam Newton returned to practice Wednesday, one week after his terrifying car accident that sidelined him for Week 15. Is this a good sign that Newton will start when the Panthers host the Browns on Sunday?
  • Panthers outlast Bucs, move into first

    It wasn't pretty but the Carolina Panthers outlasted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-17 to win in Week 15. Derek Anderson was plenty good enough to win, and he's now 2-0 as a starter for Carolina.
  • Panthers optimistic Newton misses just one game after accident

    Cam Newton won't be on the field Sunday against the Buccaneers after getting into a bad car accident earlier in the week. The Panthers are optimistic their quarterback will return next week against the Browns.
  • Cam on accident: Someone's supposed to be dead

    Cam Newton met with reporters on Thursday for the first time since the car accident that left him with two fractures in his lower back. Newton remains amazed he escaped sustaining a greater injury.
  • Anderson to start at QB vs. Bucs

    One day after quarterback Cam Newton suffered two transverse process fractures in a car accident, Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that quarterback Derek Anderson will start Sunday.
  • Cam Newton unlikely to play Sunday after car accident

    Cam Newton suffered a back injury in a two-car accident on Tuesday near Panthers headquarters. The injury will likely sideline him at least one week, according to Ian Rapoport.
  • Cam discharged from hospital

    The Carolina Panthers announced that Cam Newton suffered two transverse process fractures in his lower back in a car accident Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Newton was discharged Wednesday morning.
Draft 2014 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 28 (28) Benjamin, Kelvin WR 
Rd 2, Pick 28 (60) Ealy, Kony DE 
Rd 3, Pick 28 (92) Turner, Trai OG 
Rd 4, Pick 28 (128) Boston, Tre SS 
Rd 5, Pick 8 (148) Benwikere, Bene CB 
Rd 6, Pick 28 (204) Gaffney, Tyler RB 
Scoreboard more
Bank of America Stadium - Wk 15 1 2 3 4 T
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 3 0 7 17
Carolina Panthers 6 3 7 3 19
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
12 Bye
13 Sun, Nov 30 @ Minnesota 13-31   L
14 Sun, Dec 07 @ New Orleans 41-10   W
15 Sun, Dec 14 Tampa Bay 19-17   W
16 Sun, Dec 21 Cleveland 1:00 PM ET
17 Sun, Dec 28 @ Atlanta 1:00 PM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
Amini Silatolu (G) Q - Knee
Cam Newton (QB) P - Back
Thomas Davis (LB) P - Knee
DeAngelo Williams (RB) Q - Hand
Regular Season Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Cam Newton 401 234 2812 16
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Jonathan Stewart 138 638 4.6 3
Cam Newton 85 425 5 3
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Greg Olsen 81 960 11.9 6
Kelvin Benjamin 67 952 14.2 9
Jerricho Cotchery 40 509 12.7 1
Philly Brown 18 246 13.7 2
Transactions more
Date Transaction
12/17 Micanor Regis (DT) Practice Squad (practice squad).
12/16 Horace Miller (LB) Practice Squad (practice squad).
12/15 Micanor Regis (DT) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
12/15 Kyle Love (DT) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
NFC South more
Team W L T Win %
New Orleans 6 8 0 .429
Carolina 5 8 1 .393
Atlanta 5 9 0 .357
Tampa Bay 2 12 0 .143

Head Coach more

Ron Rivera

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Ron Rivera was named the fourth head coach in Carolina Panthers' history on Jan. 11, 2011.

Rivera served as defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers' top-ranked defense in 2010 and playing linebacker for the Chicago Bears' top-ranked defense and Super Bowl XX championship team in 1985.

Rivera worked with the San Diego Chargers from 2007-10. He coached inside linebackers before taking over as the team's defensive coordinator midway through the 2008 season.

With Rivera's guidance, the pass defense steadied itself - intercepting nine passes and yielding 229.6 passing yards per game and 11 touchdown passes over the final eight games. Those numbers contrasted to the first half of the season when San Diego notched just seven picks and was victimized for 265.1 yards per game and 14 touchdowns through the air.

In Rivera's first full season leading the defense in 2009, the Chargers ranked 16th in total defense and 11th against the pass. One of the unit's strengths was playing tough after offensive turnovers, giving up only 44 points, a figure that tied New England for the second-fewest in the NFL.

Those rankings improved in 2010 as San Diego led the NFL with an average of 271.6 total yards allowed per game and gave up a league-low 177.8 passing yards per game. Overall, the Chargers finished in the top five in 11 different defensive statistical categories despite not having any defenders selected to the Pro Bowl.

From 2004-06, Rivera oversaw the Chicago Bears defense, engineering the unit to two top-five finishes in the league. Under Rivera's direction, five different defensive players went to the Pro Bowl: linebacker Lance Briggs, safety Mike Brown, defensive tackle Tommie Harris, linebacker Brian Urlacher and cornerback Nathan Vasher.

In his first season as a defensive coordinator in 2004, Rivera presided over a defense that produced nine more takeaways and 17 more sacks than the previous year and scored a franchise record and NFC high six defensive touchdowns. The Bears also thrived on third down and buckled down inside their own 20-yard line, ranking first in the NFL in third-down efficiency (30.5%) and topping the NFC in red zone defense (42.6%).

The following year, Chicago continued to build on the foundation Rivera laid in 2004. The Bears won their first of two consecutive NFC North titles and stood second in the NFL in total defense. In surrendering the fewest points in the league, Rivera's defense went 43 consecutive quarters without allowing more than seven points - the longest streak in the NFL since 1969. Chicago also led the NFL in red zone defense (32.5%) and rated second in third-down efficiency (31.9%).

During Rivera's last season with the Bears in 2006, the defense paced the NFL with 44 takeaways and finished fifth in the league in total defense and third in scoring defense, helping propel Chicago to the NFC Championship and an appearance in Super Bowl XLI.

Prior to becoming a defensive coordinator, Rivera spent five seasons from 1999-2003 as the linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, who advanced to the NFC Championship game in each of his final three seasons.

Following his retirement from his playing career, Rivera went into broadcasting. He covered the Bears and college football as a television analyst for WGN and SportsChannel Chicago for four years from 1993-96.

Selected in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft by Chicago, Rivera played all nine of his pro seasons with the Bears. Primarily an outside linebacker, he appeared in 149 games with 62 starts (including 12 postseason contests with six starts) and posted 392 tackles, 7.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, nine interceptions and 15 passes defensed. Rivera was a member of six NFC Central division title teams and a Super Bowl XX championship team in 1985.

As a player, Rivera was known for both his skill and determination on the field and his dedication of time and energy to the community. As a result, he was named the Bears' Man of the Year in 1988 and earned the club's Ed Block Courage Award in 1989.

An All-American at the University of California, Rivera finished his career as the school's all-time leader in sacks with 22 and tackles with 336. As a senior in 1983, he set the Bears' single-season record for sacks with 13 and tackles for loss with 26.5.

Born Jan. 7, 1962 in Fort Ord, Calif., Rivera lived in Germany, Panama, Washington and Maryland before his family settled in Marina, Calif. He attended Seaside High School in Marina and was a three-sport star in football, basketball and baseball.

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