Rivera Says Panthers are Good, Jonathan Stewart Should Start


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Ron Rivera claims the Panthers are a good team in a good division

Michael David Smith – ProFootballTalk.com

"Coach Rivera is still confident that the Panthers are as good as Atlanta and New Orleans in the NFC South.This team hasn’t won a game since the beginning of October and is still yet to have an identity.  They make more mistakes than a team with twelve games behind them should make, and they lost to New Orleans and Atlanta at home."

20 Seasons of Panthers Football: 2011

Joe Menzer – Panthers.com

"In the Panthers.com series highlighting the past 20 years of Carolina Panthers’ football, they touch on 2011.Cam Newton’s phenomenal year and Ron Rivera’s first on the sidelines for Carolina."

DeAngelo Williams, 4 other Carolina Panthers miss practice with injuries

Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Jones – The Charlotte Observer

"DeAngelo Williams, Star Lotulelei, Mario Addison, Greg Olsen and Amini Silatolu were sidelined for Wednesday’s practice.Odds are Olsen and Addison will be probable on Sunday, but I don’t expect Williams, Silatolu or Lotulelei to be active against the Saints.  Friday’s practice will paint a much clearer picture of the situation at hand."

Jonathan Stewart has earned opportunity to start

David Newton – ESPN.com

"At this point, if Ron Rivera starts DeAngelo Williams over Jonathan Stewart, it will only cast more doubts on his direction.Jonathan Stewart has been the better running back this season, and after last week’s performance, deserves the nod.  Not that either back is a permanent fixture in Carolina’s future, but Williams certainly will be the first one let go, of the two."

Call-ups embrace chance to step up

Bryan Strickland – Panthers.com

"The Panthers are hoping that a couple of rookies can help improve their special teams unit over the final four games.  Linebacker Horrace Miller and cornerback Carrington Byndom are eager and excited.At this point, it doesn’t hurt Carolina whatsoever bringing these kids up.  Byndom looked good in training camp and could be a prospect to keep an eye out for down the line as a dimeback."