Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera made it through a 16-minute press conference Thursday at the NFL combine without fielding a single question about quarterback Cam Newton. There were questions about running back Christian McCaffrey, wide receiver Devin Funchess and even backup quarterback Derek Anderson (more on that later). But nothing about the player who will be working with a different offensive coordinator and a different quarterbacks coach for the first time in five years. It’s been a relatively quiet offseason for Newton, who last winter (unbeknownst to the public) was resting and then rehabbing his shoulder in the hopes he could avoid surgery. (He didn’t). But after stepping down from the riser at the Indiana Convention Center, Rivera shared an interesting anecdote about Newton and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who was hired in January in large part to try to help Newton rediscover his MVP form. Panthers coach Ron Rivera says new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, pictured with Minnesota, wants to help Cam Newton, not change him. The collective bargaining agreement restricts the amount of time players can spend in team facilities during the offseason. But Newton visited Bank of America Stadium shortly after Turner and his son, quarterbacks coach Scott Turner, were hired to take over for the fired Mike Shula and Ken Dorsey. Newton saw Rivera at the stadium, and said Newton admitted he was both excited and nervous to meet with Norv Turner.
Rivera: Cam Newton “excited and nervous” about Norv Turner
Charlotte Observer | Mar 1