On The Beat With Brett Jensen Hour 1: Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera sits down with Brett for a very candid and revealing interview about the issues and strengths of the team, as well as what was it like for him personally last season with all the talk of him being fired.
Concerning the NFL Draft, Rivera was surprised to grab Star Lotulelei at the #14 spot. “I feel really comfortable and confident as to who he is and who he can become for us as a football team,” says Rivera. Plus, the Panthers drafting Kawann Short additionally helps in the pass rush.
Ron Rivera applauded the efforts of new Panthers GM Dave Gettleman and his team for putting the Panthers in position to go out and get players in the secondary based on working with the troublesome salary cap.
The OTAs went well for the coach this year and goes on in the interview to name out the improvements of each coach and position teams.
The Panthers coach thinks that the team has made “big strides’ in developing into a contending team in the NFL this year.
“We do need to have a big year. I understand that, and I get that, because again this is about productivity and being productive as a football team. And I feel very comfortable about who we are.”
Listen more to Brett Jensen’s interview with Coach Rivera as they talk about different offensive strategies with Cam Newton, read options, and running the ball as well as the possibilities of losing his job mid-way through the 2012 season.