Carolina Panthers

4th NFC South (6-10-0)

Founded: 1995

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium

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  • Panthers part ways with vet fullback Tolbert

    The Carolina Panthers' offseason rebuild began Tuesday with the release of fullback Mike Tolbert. The bowling-ball runner spent the last five seasons with the Panthers after four years in San Diego.
  • Steve Smith joins NFL Network as analyst

    Steve Smith retired from the gridiron last month, but the former Panthers and Ravens wide receiver has already inked a new deal. Smith will join NFL Network as an analyst.
  • Rivera: Panthers 'probably' will franchise tag DT Short

    Panthers coach Ron Rivera knows how valuable defensive lineman Kawann Short is to their defense. The coach conceded that Carolina will probably have to use the franchise tag on him.
  • Finalists named for Walter Payton Man of the Year

    The recipient of this season's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide will be one of three veteran players with two Super Bowl rings between them.
  • Rivera: Cam to evolve away from zone-read

    Panthers coach Ron Rivera expanded last week's comments that Cam Newton will have to play a different style going forward. Will the zone-read attack be cast aside in Newton's evolution?
  • Cam won't need shoulder surgery

    Cam Newton confirmed Sunday that the throwing shoulder he injured against the Chargers in Week 14 will simply require a little TLC this offseason, and not surgery.
  • Rivera isn't expecting staff changes for Carolina

    Despite struggles on both sides of the ball this year, Panthers coach Ron Rivera suggested Friday that he doesn't anticipate any major staff changes come Black Monday or beyond.
  • Cam makes surprise visit to young fan in hospital

    A boy with a rare heart condition that requires a high-risk medical procedure to save his life got a huge surprise from his favorite football player.
  • Rivera: Steve Smith should retire with Panthers

    After Steve Smith confirmed that Sunday will likely be his final NFL game, Ron Rivera suggested the veteran wideout should retire with the Panthers. Is Smith ready to make peace with his old team?
  • Big Ben's evolution model could be perfect template for Newton

    It's been a year to forget for Cam Newton and the Panthers, but does the reigning MVP need to change his playing style? Chris Wesseling writes that the Big Ben model could serve Newton well.
  • Newton struggles to solve issues late in season

    The Panthers are out of contention after a season that failed to get off the ground. Cam Newton seems exasperated by he and his teammates' struggles with the campaign coming to a close.
  • Week 16 Cheat Sheet

    Can Tom Savage propel the Texans into the playoffs? Will the return of A.J. Green be the difference maker for Andy Dalton? Here's what you need to know heading into Week 16.
Draft 2017 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 8 (8)  
Scoreboard more
Raymond James Stadium - Wk 17 1 2 3 4 T
Carolina Panthers 7 0 3 6 16
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 0 7 7 17
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
12 Sun, Nov 27 @ Oakland 32-35   L
13 Sun, Dec 04 @ Seattle 7-40   L
14 Sun, Dec 11 San Diego 28-16   W
15 Mon, Dec 19 @ Washington 26-15   W
16 Sat, Dec 24 Atlanta 16-33   L
17 Sun, Jan 01 @ Tampa Bay 16-17   L
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Postseason Leaders more
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Transactions more
Date Transaction
2/21 Paul Soliai (DE) Terminated, Vested Veteran, all contracts (terminated, vested veteran, all contracts).
2/21 Mike Tolbert (FB) Terminated, Vested Veteran, all contracts (terminated, vested veteran, all contracts).
1/12 Dezmen Southward (DB) Reserve/Future (reserve/future).
1/4 Arthur Miley (DE) Reserve/Future (reserve/future).
NFC South more
Team W L T Win %
Atlanta 11 5 0 .688
Tampa Bay 9 7 0 .563
New Orleans 7 9 0 .438
Carolina 6 10 0 .375

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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