The Carolina Panthers really weren’t even expected to contend for a playoff spot this season, but they surpassed all expectations and then some. Unfortunately, a team they got the better of during the regular season got the better of them in the playoffs.
When Panthers Coach Ron Rivera said that he felt the team under the most pressure this week will be San Francisco he was dead wrong. Not only is his team the one that HAS to win this game, if he really believes that the Panthers are playing with house money he is setting his team up for failure.
The Carolina Panthers have a first-round bye in the upcoming playoffs and they have an extra week to prepare for whatever team may end up facing them in Bank of America Stadium. Cam Newton recently said that they don’t care who their opponent is, but the key to winning is forgetting about egos and focusing on their opponent.
Although a few shied away from commenting about the system for which the New Orleans Saints have been heavily punished by the league, most coaches found it important to discuss.
The league argued the situation would be even more damaging and chaotic if the lockout was lifted without a new collective bargaining agreement.
The Carolina Panthers, who have the draft’s top choice, sent several representatives. Coach Ron Rivera was scheduled to attend but did not.