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Rivera to name Panthers starter by Bengals game

Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:39 am
Edited on: August 16, 2011 11:02 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

In the third week of the preseason, the Carolina Panthers will face off against the Cincinnati Bengals. Who'll be starting at quarterback for that game isn't just anyone's guess -- it's everyone's guess.

That's because, according to head coach Ron Rivera, the starter for that game will be the Panthers starter for the regular season.

Some folks are saying it should/will be Cam Newton. Others believe it should/will be Jimmy Clausen. There's a tiny Ron Paul-like contingent screaming for Derek Anderson. (OK, I haven't heard them, but surely they're out there.)

For now, Rivera is staying mum on what he's thinking. But give him credit, because he really does seem to have the "only speak in vagaries" thing that was so popular for head coaches prior to Rex Ryan bursting on the scene.

"It's all the same. We're going to continue to do that until we make that decision," Rivera said, per Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.
Panthers Preseason

See? What does that even mean? Nothing is what.

Speaking of meaning nothing, don't read too much into Newton likely starting the second week of the preseason against the Dolphins. I mentioned this yesterday when I hopped on the horn with our friend Bob Haynie of 105.7 the Fan, but you can go ahead and mark Newton to take the field with the first team during the upcoming trip to South Beach.

Rivera's said all along that his intention is to divide the "practice reps" available on a strict 50/50 split between Newton and Clausen; that Clausen started and then Newton saw the majority of playing time against the Giants should be indicative of exactly what will happen in the next game, only in reverse.

Our Panthers Rapid Reporter Steve Reed confirms that Newton is indeed running with the first-teamers in practice, which is a logical lead-in to the fact that he'll start for the Panthers on Friday.

As for who'll take the first offensive snap against the Bengals, well, that's still up in the air.

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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 5:30 am
 

Rivera to name Panthers starter by Bengals game

Yeah man.  This Brinson guy is an idiot.  Hey Brinson! Stay out of politics you dope.  Your imbecile type mentallity can barely handle the sports page.



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 5:46 pm
 

Rivera to name Panthers starter by Bengals game

I'll be shocked if Cam Newton's not the starter by the end of preseason. It's obvious that Clausen is nothing more than a 2nd string QB. He's been the QB for almost two years and is still making mistakes as though he's still a rookie. If I was Rivera,I would give Clausen a few games into the season and if he doesn't produce or "move the chains"....then it's "Cam Newton Time"Surprised



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Rivera to name Panthers starter by Bengals game

Can life get any better for that spoiled brat Jimmy the joke QB?  Here`s my advise Jimmy...grab a stylish blue visor, clipboard with velcro erase marker and count your $.  A Notre Dame education really can make you very comfortable & rich.  Just don`t mouth off, get your face punched in again at a bar or drive drunk.  You`ll be the best Notre Dame QB since uh...Montana I think.  Maybe the most compensated.  



Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Rivera to name Panthers starter by Bengals game

Tiny Ron Paul-like contigent?  You probably ought to stick to sports, ignorance doesn't look very good on you.



Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:32 am
 

Rivera to name Panthers starter by Bengals game

Newton is a beast and will lead the panthers to a .500 record this year with an unlimited upside. Clausen is decent, but will never lead the panthers to a .500 record or the playoffs IMO.


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