Panthers’ search for stability to start with extending Ron Rivera

Posted on February 20, 2019February 20, 2019Categories NFLTags

The Carolina Panthers Jerseys face months of uncertainty. Their owner Jerry Richardson has said he plans to sell the team. Their lease with the city is through 2019.

Meanwhile, they have an interim GM in Marty Hurney, and coach Ron Rivera is under contract through 2018. Those in charge in Carolina want that to change.

One of the Panthers’ most important tasks going forward is to extend Rivera’s contract, and sources say that’s exactly what they want to do. The team’s brass agrees that stability is needed on the football side. Put that together with the job the former coach of the year is doing and it’s an easy decision.

Talks are in their infancy, but they are expected to heat up soon.

Accordingly, the hope from many in the building is that Hurney stays on as GM, though an NFL official said the Panthers will have to go through the process and comply with the Rooney Rule before elevating him for good. Hurney will stay on — at least — through June. He has worked Cheap NFL Jerseys online well with Rivera.

Rivera’s last deal was a three-year, $19.5-million contract through 2018. If he was free or became available, he’d be coveted, including potentially by the Bears.

It has been a tumultuous few weeks for the Panthers, who gave way to the NFL to investigate alleged workplace misconduct involving Richardson. It led him to announce he was selling the team when the football season ends.

Names have already come to the forefront. Music mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs expressed interest in buying the team, though he likely will need partners. Sherman Financial Group CEO Ben Navarro and hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones are among those who have planned to attempt to purchase an available team. In Charlotte, Felix Sabates (Hornets minority owner) is considering leading a local group of investors.

The plan was always for Richardson to sell when he passed away. With a new regime coming earlier than expected, the sale will at least allow Richardson (rather than his estate) to have some say. Though he’d like to ask the new owner to stay in Carolina, leagues are loathe to allow previous owners to demand conditions of new owners. All of these issues will be hammered out over the next few months. They hope to handle all their issues, football-wise, by locking up Rivera.

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Ravens take big step in playoff race by avoiding embarrassing slip-up to Colts

Posted on February 9, 2019February 9, 2019Categories NFLTags , , , , , , , , , ,

It won’t feel this way after an ugly 23-16 win over the Cheap NFL Jerseys online struggling Indianapolis Colts Jerseys, but there is reason for the Baltimore Ravens Jerseys to celebrate.

The Ravens (9-6) are now one victory away from clinching their first playoff berth since 2014. Baltimore has to beat the Cincinnati Bengals Jerseys in the regular-season finale to earn a wild-card spot.

Now, the Ravens certainly didn’t look like a playoff team against the downtrodden Colts (3-12). Playing as sloppy as the muddy field at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore made it too hard on itself with dropped interceptions on defense and unfinished drives on offense against one of the worst teams in the NFL.

A 13-point favorite, the Ravens weren’t able to give a sigh of relief until the final two minutes of the game. Nickel-back Maurice Canady broke up a fourth-down pass to T.Y. Hilton Jerseys Jerseys in the red zone with 1:38 remaining to seal the Ravens’ fifth win in their last six games.

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Baltimore essentially won with marathon drives and Justin Tucker Jerseys Jerseys’s leg. The Ravens’ five drives of at least 10 plays are tied for the most by any team in a game this season and are the most by Baltimore since 2011. The problem was most resulted in field goals by Tucker, who converted from 30, 39 and 36 yards.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco Jerseys Jerseys finished 29-of-38 for 237 yards and two touchdowns in a game where he wasn’t sharp. Baltimore dominated time of possession, 35:48 to 24:12.

This was expected to be another pushover game like the ones against the Cleveland Browns Jerseys, Miami Dolphins Jerseys and Detroit Lions Jerseys. Instead, Baltimore was on its heels all game against the NFL’s No. 31 offense and couldn’t consistently get into the end zone against the league’s No. 30 defense.

But in the end, the Ravens moved into the No. 5 spot in the AFC heading into Week 17, taking a half-game lead over the Tennessee Titans Jerseys and Buffalo Bills Jerseys.

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