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Bills Reportedly 'Zeroed In' On Sean McDermott As New Coach

Jan 11, 2017 9:04 AM

The Buffalo Bills have reportedly "zeroed in" on Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott as their next head coach, according to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News.

McDermott has interviewed with the Bills, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA

Jan 3, 2017 2:01 PM

The NFL has very few teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

The Chiefs were the closest team to finish in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 14th.

The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys finished the season ranked first and second in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.

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Steve Smith Sr. '89 Percent Sure' He'll Retire

Dec 28, 2016 1:54 PM

Steve Smith Sr. will likely retire this offseason after 16 years in the NFL.

Smith, 37, will retire as one of 11 players to record more than 1,000 catches and 14,000 yards receiving.

 said he is "89 percent sure" -- which represents his uniform number -- that he will leave the game.

"Football has given me more than I probably could give football back," Smith said. "But for 2016, '17 and beyond, this is probably my last game."

Smith was a third round pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2001 and he's played the past three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)

Dec 21, 2016 10:35 AM

The NFL has very teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA: the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are 9-5 after winning five straight games and must beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16 to ensure their place in the playoffs. Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs are the closest team to joining the Steelers in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 12th.

The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots rank first and second overall in DVOA as they rank second and third, respectively in Offensive DVOA but 20th and 19th in Defensive DVOA. The Atlanta Falcons rank first in Offensive DVOA, 27th in Defensive and fourth overall. The Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders have similar splits as the Cowboys and Patriots, while the Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants are the inverse of those teams with top-5 defenses and offenses below the NFL mean.

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Cam Newton Regrets Reaction After Helmet-To-Helmet Hit

Dec 20, 2016 7:42 AM

Cam Newton wasn't happy with a helmet-to-helmet hit during Monday night's game against the Washington Redskins, but regrets his reaction after the play, which drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Newton was scrambling on his way out of bounds when he was hit by Washington's Trent Murphy. Newton shot up and tossed the ball at Murphy as the quarterback walked away to draw the penalty.

"I've got to be better than that," Newton said. "That just can't happen on my part. I just have to let the referees do their job, and obviously, it was a questionable hit, but I can't throw the ball at a person. That's against the rules too."

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Cam Newton Had MRI On Throwing Shoulder

Dec 14, 2016 4:49 PM

Cam Newton had an MRI on his throwing shoulder on Tuesday morning.

The tests didn't show any structural damage and he's expected to play against the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

"It's nothing to be scared about," Newton said after a practice in which he was held out of passing drills during the open portion of the workout.

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Cam Newton Dismisses Speculation About Reason For Benching

Dec 9, 2016 7:30 AM

Cam Newton dismissed speculation about why he was benched for the first offensive series against the Seattle Seahawks last week as "falsified stories."

Ron Rivera said Newton violated a team dress-code policy, but there have been stories floating around the internet that the quarterback was at a strip club late the night before the game.

"I violated the wardrobe [policy], and that's it," Newton said. "You don't have to dig into certain stories that I violated curfew, was out at a club, somebody was calling the room. I still stand by Coach Rivera's decision, and that's just a warning for everybody.

"At no point in time -- or even still -- do I think I'm above the law. I never thought that. I'm not that type of player."

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Cam Newton Benched For Not Wearing Tie On Panthers' Flight

Dec 5, 2016 11:45 AM

Cam Newton was benched for the Carolina Panthers' first offensive play on Sunday because he didn't wear a tie on the team's flight to Seattle on Friday.

Newton failed to pack a collared dress shirt that would accommodate a tie for the Panthers' extended West Coast road trip.

Newton boarded the team’s charter flight wearing a black turtleneck and blazer.

“My decision. Completely my decision,” Ron Rivera said. “The decision was made because I treat them all the same.”

Derek Anderson started the game and threw an interception on the first play of the game.

“We didn’t lose this game because of a tie, you know what I’m saying?” Newton said.

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Cam Newton Benched For First Series Following Dress Code Violation

Dec 5, 2016 9:35 AM

The Carolina Panthers benched Cam Newton for the team's first offensive series against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night because of a dress code violation.

Ron Rivera said after the game that Newton committed "a travel dress code violation," adding that he made the decision to treat Newton "like I do all the other players on the team, and he didn't start."

Newton later elaborated.

"I didn't follow dress code, and Coach told me I wasn't going to start. I stand by his decision," said Newton, who confirmed that the specific violation was that he was not wearing a tie on the team flight from San Jose, California, to Seattle on Saturday.

Derek Anderson started at quarterback and was intercepted on the first play on a pass intended for Mike Tolbert.

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Richard Sherman: Cam Newton Missing Playoffs Is Karmic Payback

Dec 1, 2016 8:52 AM

Richard Sherman says the Carolina Panthers' struggles this season are karmic payback for how Cam Newton acted after the Panthers defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round of last year's playoffs.

Newton ran around Bank of America Stadium high-fiving fans after that victory, but when a Seattle fan dangled a "12" flag near the quarterback, he grabbed it, crumpled it up and tossed it.

"Yeah, he probably did," Sherman said when asked if Newton crossed the line. "I guess karma gets you. It doesn't look like you're going to be in the playoffs this year."

Carolina is in last place in the NFC South with a 4-7 record.

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Luke Kuechly Carted Off With Possible Concussion
Luke Kuechly was carted off the field late in the fourth quarter on Thursday night and was being evaluated for a concussion.

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Cam Newton Has 'Great Discussion' With Roger Goodell
Cam Newton believes he got his point across to Roger Goodell in a meeting with the commissioner about not being treated fairly in the pocket.

David Newton/ESPN

Cam Newton To Contact Roger Goodell About No-Calls
Cam Newton said the no-calls on hits he's taken have taken the fun out of the game.

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NFL, NFLPA Issues Statement On Cam Newton's Concussion Protocol Probe
The NFL and NFL Players Association have issued a joint statement on the investigation into whether proper protocol was followed after Cam Newton suffered a hit to the head on Sept. 8.

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Cam Newton Walks Out During Press Conference After Loss
Cam Newton's press conference with reporters lasted just 90 seconds after the Panthers lost an overtime thriller to the Saints on Sunday afternoon.

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Cam Newton Cleared To Start Week 6
The Panthers enter Week 6 with a 1-4 record.

David Newton/ESPN

Panthers Won't Limit Cam Newton's Running
The Panthers have no plans to limit Cam Newton's running once he gets final clearance through the concussion protocol.

Black And Blue Review

NFL Changes Start Times For Two Week 8 Games
The Packers at Falcons game will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX, while the Cardinals at Panthers game moves to 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX.

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Cam Newton Returns To Practice, Expected To Start In Week 6
Cam Newton missed Week 5 due to a concussion.

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Ron Rivera: Panthers Need To Play More Disciplined
The Panthers are a disappointing 1-4 through five games and Ron Rivera believes some of the team's players are simply trying to make big plays.

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Cam Newton's Inner Circle Urging Him To Play More Safely
Cam Newton suffered a concussion during the fourth quarter of last week's loss as he approached the goal line on a two-point conversion attempt.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Panthers Rule Out Cam Newton For Week 5 With Concussion
Derek Anderson will start for the Panthers in place of Cam Newton.

David Newton/ESPN

Cam Newton Remains In Concussion Protocol
The Panthers would start Derek Anderson against the Buccaneers in Week 5 if Newton is unable to play.

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Norman On Jones' Big Day Against Panthers: You Get What You Pay For
Josh Norman was allowed to leave the Panthers in the offseason.

David Newton/ESPN

Panthers Will Be Without Jonathan Stewart For Another Week
The Panthers will be without Jonathan Stewart for at least another week because of a hamstring injury.

Bill Voth/Black And Blue Review

Cam Newton: I Won't Let Kelvin Benjamin Go Catchless Again
Kelvin Benjamin saw just one target and went catchless in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

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Panthers Discussing Security For Game Amid Riots In Charlotte
Several officials with the Panthers planned to meet Thursday morning to discuss security issues for Sunday's home game against the Vikings amidst violent protests in the downtown area.

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Jonathan Stewart Will Miss 'Week Or Two' With Hamstring Injury
Jonathan Stewart left Sunday's game against the 49ers with a hamstring strain.

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NFLPA, NFL Reviewing How Hits On Cam Newton Were Handled
The NFLPA announced it would seek a compliance investigation.

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Ron Rivera: Size Leads To 'Prejudice' On Hits To Cam Newton
Ron Rivera says Cam Newton is a victim of his size when it comes to not getting calls on vicious hits as happened in Thursday night's NFL opener against the Broncos.

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