Carolina Panthers

2nd NFC South (--)

Founded: 1995

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium

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  • Norman wanted to sign 1-year 'market value' deal with Panthers

    Josh Norman was potentially interested in signing a one-year "market value" deal with the Panthers at the last minute before general manager Dave Gettleman rescinded the club's franchise tag offer.
  • Josh Norman: 'I got sideswiped' by Panthers

    In a span of two days, Josh Norman saw his career with the Carolina Panthers come to a surprising end only for it to be resurrected on the shoulders of a massive deal with the Redskins.
  • Panthers GM: Door's not closed on Norman

    Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman rescinded cornerback Josh Norman's franchise tag offer. However, Gettleman said the "doors have not been shut" on a Norman return to Carolina.
  • Rivera trusts Gettleman on Norman decision

    The Carolina Panthers' rescinding of Josh Norman's franchise tag leaves the team in a bind at cornerback. Coach Ron Rivera, however, said he trusts the decision made by GM Dave Gettleman.
  • Panthers rescind Norman's franchise tag

    Cornerback Josh Norman is now a free agent. The Carolina Panthers announced that the team has rescinded the non-exclusive franchise tag on Norman.
  • Eight potential landing spots for Norman

    The Carolina Panthers' decision to rescind Josh Norman's franchise tag is one of the most stunning items of NFL news we've seen in a long time. So where could he land?
  • Players react to Josh Norman becoming free agent

    The Carolina Panthers rescinded the non-exclusive franchise tag on Josh Norman making him a free agent. This bold move shocked social media causing several players to post their thoughts.
  • Super Bowl 50 rematch kicks off season

    The wait is over. The NFL released the 2016 regular-season schedule on Thursday. A Super Bowl 50 rematch between the Panthers and Broncos will kick off the season on Sept. 8.
  • Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson: 'I just bet on myself'

    Star defensive end Charles Johnson turned down more money to re-sign with the Panthers. Johnson explains why he bet on himself in Carolina.
  • Teams with most fortunate schedules

    There are no easy games in the NFL, but certain teams got more fortunate slates for 2016 than some of their peers. Which teams are primed for a run? Conor Orr examines.
Draft 2016 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 31 (30) Butler, Vernon DT 
Rd 2, Pick 31 (62) Bradberry, James CB 
Rd 3, Pick 14 (77) Worley, Daryl CB 
Rd 5, Pick 2 (141) Sanchez, Zack CB 
Rd 7, Pick 31 (252) Sandland, Beau TE 
Scoreboard more
Levi's Stadium - Wk 22 1 2 3 4 T
Carolina Panthers 0 7 0 3 10
Denver Broncos 10 3 3 8 24
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
1 Thu, Sep 08 @ Denver 8:30 PM ET
2 Sun, Sep 18 San Francisco 1:00 PM ET
3 Sun, Sep 25 Minnesota 1:00 PM ET
4 Sun, Oct 02 @ Atlanta 1:00 PM ET
5 Mon, Oct 10 Tampa Bay 8:30 PM ET
6 Sun, Oct 16 @ New Orleans 1:00 PM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
No Injuries Reported
Postseason Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Cam Newton 91 53 761 3
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Jonathan Stewart 50 218 4.4 3
Cam Newton 27 95 3.5 2
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Greg Olsen 16 231 14.4 1
Corey Brown 10 215 21.5 1
Ted Ginn 6 126 21 0
Devin Funchess 5 73 14.6 1
Transactions more
Date Transaction
4/29 Robert Thomas (NT) Assigned via Waivers (assigned via waivers).
4/28 Robert Thomas (NT) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
4/12 Mike Remmers (T) No Offer Sheet Executed (no offer sheet executed).
4/5 Michael Palardy (P) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
NFC South more
Team W L T Win %
Atlanta 0 0 0 .000
Carolina 0 0 0 .000
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 .000
New Orleans 0 0 0 .000

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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Team Profiles

  1. Published: Feb. 8, 2016 at 12:07 a.m.

    Panthers defender Kony Ealy picks off Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in the second quarter of Super Bowl 50.

  2. Published: Feb. 7, 2016 at 10:35 p.m.

    As part of an an impressive Super Bowl 50 showing, Panthers pass rusher Kony Ealy knocked the ball loose from Peyton Manning as the Panthers recovered for a crucial turnover in the fourth quarter.

  3. Published: Feb. 7, 2016 at 10:34 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton finds wide receiver Corey Brown, who redeems himself from a couple of dropped passes with a fantastic catch for 42 yards.

  4. Published: Feb. 7, 2016 at 10:32 p.m.

    Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart showed off his hops at the goal line against the Broncos, leaping through the Broncos to notch Carolina's first score of Super Bowl 50.

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