Ron Rivera on his years with the Panthers: "We did a lot"

Tanya Simon
December 4, 2019

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton plans to undergo surgery on the left foot injury that led to him being ruled out for the rest of the season, a source confirmed to ESPN.

The Panthers' franchise quarterback first hurt his Lisfranc in a preseason loss to the Patriots. There have been many questions about Newton's future in Carolina.

"I believe this is the best decision for the long-term success of our team", Panthers owner David Tepper said in a statement. In what started out slightly spicy, with the fired coach defending the ups-and-downs of nine seasons, Rivera said he was proud of the turnaround under his watch.

Ron Rivera was sacked by the Carolina Panthers, just days after an embarrassing loss to the Washington Redskins.

"I do want to get one thing clear".

Newton was definitely affected by Rivera's departure. It may be that Rivera is overqualified to coach a team like the Redskins, but they'd better at least try to get him to fill that position. "He'll come back and we'll see what happens to him. He's been a great guy and I really did appreciate it". A healthy Newton would have a tremendous amount of leverage over the organization given the circumstances.

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However, a loss in the MAC Tournament semifinals took away an opportunity for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. MI is 20-10 overall and was 13-7 in the Big Ten Conference, with its last win coming against in , 3-1.

"I needed to see that me at 80 percent was not OK", Newton said.

The foot issue is the latest injury that has derailed Newton's career.

Newton met with a variety of doctors including flying to Green Bay to meet with renowned foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, formerly an assistant team physician with the Panthers.

If the Panthers were to release Newton before next season, they could save $19 million and would only incur $2 million in dead money.

The 30-year-old Newton has one year left on his contract.

This story will continue to be updated.

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