Carolina Panthers

4th NFC South (6-10-0)

Founded: 1995

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium

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Game Averages (2016)

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PTS
23.1(15th)
YDS
343.7(19th)
PASS YDS
230.3(21st)
RUSH YDS
113.4(10th)
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  • Cam Newton to undergo surgery on his shoulder

    03/22/2017
    Carolina's star quarterback is going under the knife. Cam Newton will undergo surgery on his throwing shoulder to repair a partially torn rotator cuff on March 30, the Panthers announced Tuesday.
  • Peppers: Return to Panthers no farewell tour

    03/15/2017
    Julius Peppers isn't interested in a farewell tour and said that's not the reason he returned to Carolina, where it all started. Peppers' expectation is to be productive for the Panthers.
  • Trade! Panthers ship Ealy, draft pick to Pats for second-rounder

    03/10/2017
    The Panthers announced Friday that the Patriots have shipped their second-round pick south in exchange for pass-rusher Kony Ealy and Carolina's third-rounder.
  • Homecoming: Julius Peppers returning to Carolina

    03/14/2017
    Julius Peppers is heading home. The veteran pass rusher is signing with his former team, the Carolina Panthers, his agent Carl Carey announced on Twitter on Friday.
  • Charles Johnson wants Peppers on Panthers

    03/08/2017
    Charles Johnson is returning to the Panthers on a team-friendly deal, and he'd like to see Julius Peppers back in Carolina, too. "I'll root for them to bring Pep back."
  • Panthers re-sign DE Charles Johnson

    03/08/2017
    The Panthers aren't letting Charles Johnson walk out the door. The team on Tuesday signed the veteran defensive pass-rusher to a two-year contract extension through 2018.
  • Rivera expects Cam to fight against Panthers curtailing his runs

    03/02/2017
    Speaking Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine, Panthers coach Ron Rivera reiterated that he wanted quarterback Cam Newton to run less and limit the pounding the 6-foot-5 quarterback's body.
  • Panthers tag Short

    02/27/2017
    Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short was unsurprisingly franchise tagged by Carolina on Monday, the team announced. Short has the third-most sacks by defensive tackles since 2015.
  • Panthers re-sign DE Addison

    02/26/2017
    Panthers defensive end Mario Addison was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on March 9, but is now under contract in Charlotte through 2019.
  • Panthers part ways with vet fullback Tolbert

    02/21/2017
    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

    02/03/2017
    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

    02/02/2017
    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.
Draft 2017 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 8 (8)  
Rd 2, Pick 8 (40)  
Rd 2, Pick 32 (64)  
Rd 3, Pick 34 (98)  
Rd 4, Pick 8 (115)  
Rd 5, Pick 8 (152)  
Rd 6, Pick 8 (192)  
Rd 7, Pick 15 (233)  
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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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
No Injuries Reported
Postseason Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
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Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
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Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
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Transactions more
Date Transaction
3/20 Teddy Williams (DB) Unrestricted Free Agent Signing (unrestricted free agent signing).
3/15 Kyle Love (DE) Unrestricted Free Agent Signing (unrestricted free agent signing).
3/13 Chris Scott (G) Unrestricted Free Agent Signing (unrestricted free agent signing).
3/11 Charles Johnson (WR) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
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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  2. Published: Jan. 1, 2017 at 04:02 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton finds WR Kelvin Benjamin for a 47-yard gain.

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    Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton finds WR Ted Ginn Jr. for 39 yards.

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