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Rivera Monday Presser

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On right now...

http://www.panthers.com/media-vault/videos/Ron-Rivera-Presser/e654112c-73b8-485a-ab42-3d50bd5f4034

Wharton feeling better.

Still waiting on hearing about Fua and McLain

Neblitt really stepped up, great thing about having guys who are prepared to play by the coaches and getting these opportunities.

Asking about DEs right now.

Hardy and Johnson both did a great job, Applewhite too, give us versatility with the way we can run our D

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What do you think about Cams success/magnitude so far?

We drafted him b/c we believed in him. Very professional, poised, everything we hoped he would be, all came together so quickly, still a process but hope it grows from here.

He will be the first one to tell you he has so much more to learn.

Listening to Shula/Chud talk about him after the game....thought he could have played better but overall a good game. Want to find opportunities to teach and grow and get better.

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On the Legadu play:

We have practiced it for a couple weeks, Chud asked Rivera what he thought about it, was well received.

Decision to use it- timing was perfect.

I think we needed a little boost, didn't want to stall out and kick a FG, in the red zone, want to find a way to score a TD.

As we saw with GB, they can win if we don't take that opportunity

How much of 1st quarter does Chud script?

I don't think very much, takes suggestion from position coaches, offensive coaches, they work well as a group. I'm sure the beginning is scripted but after the first couple series they decide what they are comfortable with and what they recommend.

Can't have a definite script because always need to be adjusting to the current moment.

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On the Legadu play:

I think we needed a little boost, didn't want to stall out and kick a FG, in the red zone, want to find a way to score a TD.

As we saw with GB, they can win if we don't take that opportunity

This is great to hear

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What is the best thing about the progress of our O/D?

Coming together, understanding the offense, how the run fits, where guys are going to be. When you watch the tape from yesterday, you can finally see how the O line is holding together, D line gelling as a unit.

The way CJ and Hardy played, were doing the things that need to be done to win football games, understanding where guys are in the secondary with proper communication. If we have that feel, we can make the tackles and we are off the field. Not giving up the plays like we were earlier in the season.

How fortunate do you think you are with drafting Cam, having him as a leader?

Extremely. We have someone deemed as a franchise qb, drafted him to compete in our conference and win Superbowls. He can have all the success in the world, but if we can't win games, its not a good day for us.

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Thanks for the heads up boo

That seemed to be one of Rivera's better pressers. I really hope Chud isn't gone after this season to be a HC somewhere else.

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Me too, if the D can gel hopefully we don't feel too pressed in the offseason for needs. Now that we have what looks to be a franchise QB we should just draft BPA and not reach for any specific poisition. drafting conservatively has helped us let much more.

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If Chud leaves, then we will be picking up Norv Turner.. who is widely regarded as one of if not the best OC in the game right now. As a head coach, he fails.

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If Chud leaves, then we will be picking up Norv Turner.. who is widely regarded as one of if not the best OC in the game right now. As a head coach, he fails.

We already have his son.

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Really proud of both sides of the ball yesterday. That was the most balanced our offense has been all season and while I love seeing Cam throw it all over the field, I think we're at our best when we mix it up like we did yesterday (at least for this year).

I think next year Cam can win it all with his throwing and just using the run as a compliment a la Aaron Rodgers because the game will have slowed down for him.

Defensively, again, I hope we see a lot more of Kearse and Neblett. They were difference makers yesterday. Maybe Fua will be better next season as most DTs take a season or so to get comfortable, but right now Kearse and Neblett look much better and our defense looked much better with them in there.

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True and it seems that Rivera really respects and likes Norv. We hear about him more than any other coach in the league.

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wonder if he was asked about Raheem's postgame comment about how "I can handle losing to a better team ... wish they were."

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