Carolina Panthers

4th NFC South (0-2-0)

Founded: 1995

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium

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Team News more

  • Two-time Super Bowl champ Torrey Smith retires

    Two-time Super Bowl Champion Torrey Smith is retiring from the NFL after eight seasons. Smith announced his retirement in a video during which he thanked football for all he's accomplished.
  • Bucs D has 'new identity' after Panthers shutdown

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense harassed quarterback Cam Newton into some awful throws and discombobulated an already wayward Panthers offense, holding Carolina to just four field goals.
  • Bucs-Panthers resumes after brief weather delay

    With lightning in the area, Thursday night's Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers was delayed for nearly 30 minutes.
  • Rivera: 'No doubt in my mind' Newton plays Week 1

    The Panthers are very optimistic that Cam Newton will play during kickoff week. Coach Ron Rivera says there's no doubt in his mind that the quarterback plays versus the Rams.
  • Panthers getting 'uneasy' about Gano's leg injury

    Panthers coach Ron Rivera is finally voicing concern over Graham Gano's leg injury. Rivera was previously optimistic that the kicker would be ready for the regular season but he's now changing his tune.
  • Rivera: Newton progressing after shedding boot

    The outlook appeared bleak Thursday night but Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera is optimistic about Cam Newton's latest setback, saying that the star quarterback's injured foot is "progressing."
  • Panthers 'cautiously optimistic' Cam plays Week 1

    Cam Newton was officially diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain, Ian Rapoport reports. Panthers GM Marty Hurney said the team is "cautiously optimistic" Newton will be ready for Week 1 against the Rams.
  • Reid's late hit to be evaluated for potential fine

    Panthers safety Eric Reid had a late hit on Patriots TE Benjamin Watson in Thursday's preseason tilt. Per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the hit will be evaluated for a potential fine, not a suspension.
  • GM on Newton's foot injury: 'I hope it's not too bad'

    Cam Newton limped to the sidelines with a foot injury after taking a sack against the Patriots on Thursday. Panthers general manager Marty Hurney is hopeful to get positive news.
  • Newton suffers foot sprain, leaves in walking boot

    In his return to action, Cam Newton's arm looked fine, but it was his left foot that became the biggest concern. The Panthers QB was diagnosed with a sprain and left the stadium in a walking boot.
  • Cam Newton to make preseason debut Thursday

    Everyone has been eagerly waiting to see how Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton looks following his latest shoulder surgery. According to coach Ron Rivera, fans will get a glimpse Thursday.
  • Samuel, Moore standing out at Panthers camp

    Since the beginning of training camp, receiver Curtis Samuel has been the talk of Carolina Panthers workouts. As the regular season draws near, that talk has only gotten louder.
Draft 2019 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 16 (16) Burns, Brian EDGE 
Rd 2, Pick 5 (37) Little, Greg T 
Rd 3, Pick 37 (100) Grier, Will QB 
Rd 4, Pick 13 (115) Miller, Christian EDGE 
Rd 5, Pick 16 (154) Scarlett, Jordan RB 
Rd 6, Pick 40 (212) Daley, Dennis T 
Rd 7, Pick 23 (237) Godwin, Terry WR 
Scoreboard more
Bank of America Stadium - Wk 2 1 2 3 4 T
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 7 7 3 20
Carolina Panthers 3 6 3 2 14
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
1 Sun, Sep 08 Los Angeles Rams 27-30   L
2 Thu, Sep 12 Tampa Bay 14-20   L
3 Sun, Sep 22 @ Arizona 4:05 PM ET
4 Sun, Sep 29 @ Houston 1:00 PM ET
5 Sun, Oct 06 Jacksonville 1:00 PM ET
6 Sun, Oct 13 @ Tampa Bay 9:30 AM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
Bruce Irvin (DE) O - Hamstring
Christian McCaffrey (RB) Full Pract - --
Greg Olsen (TE) Q - Back
Rashaan Gaulden (S) Q - Groin
Regular Season Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Cam Newton 89 50 572 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Christian McCaffrey 35 165 4.7 2
Curtis Samuel 1 2 2 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
D.J. Moore 16 165 10.3 0
Greg Olsen 10 146 14.6 0
Curtis Samuel 8 123 15.4 0
Christian McCaffrey 12 97 8.1 0
Transactions more
Date Transaction
9/12 Vernon Butler (DT) De-Activated (de-activated).
9/12 Brandon Zylstra (WR) De-Activated (de-activated).
9/12 Will Grier (QB) De-Activated (de-activated).
9/12 Rashaan Gaulden (DB) De-Activated (de-activated).
NFC South more
Team W L T Win %
Tampa Bay 1 1 0 .500
Atlanta 1 1 0 .500
New Orleans 1 1 0 .500
Carolina 0 2 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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  1. Published: Sept. 12, 2019 at 11:55 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen reels in clutch 6-yard catch with one hand.

  2. Published: Sept. 12, 2019 at 10:46 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton finds tight end Greg Olsen wide open for 41-yard gain.

  3. Published: Sept. 12, 2019 at 09:55 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers punt returner and wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud zooms through Bucs on 37-yard punt return.

  4. Published: Sept. 12, 2019 at 09:19 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton proves he's still got the deep ball on 44-yard bomb to wide receiver Curtis Samuel.

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