Carolina Panthers: Ron Rivera right to snap at media for questions
The Carolina Panthers coach did not take too kindly to the media’s questions about Cam Newton on Thursday.
It’s been a frustrating season for everybody involved with the Carolina Panthers. Head coach Ron Rivera is probably feeling the heat most of all. It seems like it’s starting to get to him. Specifically, questions regarding the health of quarterback Cam Newton seem like they are off-limits. Personally, I do not blame him at all. It must get exhausting answering the same questions day after day.
When he completed his press conference on Thursday afternoon rather abruptly, it was because reporters were badgering him about the health of Newton. He said that he wouldn’t know any more about the health of his quarterback until Friday. Nevertheless, they continued to ask him. He walked out of the media room and ended the press conference on his terms.
I don’t blame them. Honestly, it is getting exhausting hearing about theories regarding the health of Newton. It’s like Newton is the only thing that will help this team win. While he is a very important piece of the equation, he is not the only weapon the Carolina Panthers have. Now, it will be a challenge for Kyle Allen, I’m not trying to minimize what Newton can do, but there are more pieces to help the team succeed. Every single day in the media it seems like Newton is being dragged through the mud for something.
Has Newton had a great start to the 2019 season? No, he hasn’t. Does he have time to turn things around? Yes, he does. Although Newton looks like a shell of himself right now, especially with his status being up in the air for Sunday, he still has time to turn things around. I don’t blame Rivera at all for walking out of the press conference. The media keeps prying him for answers regarding Newton and he made it clear he didn’t know anything more until Friday. Whether he was trying to protect his player or he truly didn’t know anything remains to be seen. However, he made it clear that no matter what, he w not going to answer any further questions.
Some may see it as immature or unprofessional, but I don’t blame Rivera for being tired of answering these questions. There is a whole set of players that are ready to play the game on Sunday. Ask questions about Arizona like he said. Don’t continue to harp on Newton. It is becoming very clear that Rivera is fed up with the media and it doesn’t come as a surprise.