Confession: I'm not a big Mike Lombardi fan. A few years back, Lombardi notoriously, repeatedly and confidently predicted Ron Rivera was being fired at season's end. Nobody else reported it, yet Lombardi all but guaranteed it.
So why link this article by Lombardi from The Athletic?
Well, because it's relevant to a lot of the current discussion. And as far as the quality or credibility of it, that's a judgment I leave to you.
The big question in Carolina isn't whether Newton will be back, it's whether Rivera will be
Yeah, I get a lot of crap for that
Lots of folks can't see the difference between believing something will happen and wanting it to happen. I tend to post about the former.
And for real, I could post a million "I believe Newton will come back and win five more MVPs and three Super Bowls" takes and it wouldn't change a damn thing.
Reality is reality. What's gonna happen is gonna happen. Maybe it'll be what we expect. Maybe it won't.
Either way, nothing anybody says here can change it.