Listen: Ron Rivera, Cam Newton And Kansas City Chiefs discussed on First Things First
"I'm glad that we're having this discussion because it does let America's maybe not paying that close attention to the Panthers that wild this last game was because Cam was terrible. This four-game slide has not been because no Cam's been terrible. It's been because the defense. See you said it yesterday since Ron Rivera took over this is the second most points per game. They've allowed in his entire tenure the for the most were first year as head coach back in twenty eleven and this year, they're averaging allowing almost twenty six points a game defensively that's never been the recipe for Carolina. It's always been what's been baked into Cam success has been with an excellent defense. What he does running as a quarterback with an excellent defense the time possession you can have with. Cam Newton and an excellent defense this year, they've had haven't even had an average defense that's contributed to this four game slide that started with that blowout loss to the Steelers. Go back to the Seattle game two weeks ago where they lost thirty to twenty seven and you look at their defense. Seattle had rushed the ball for a hundred and fifty plus yards seven weeks in a row, and all of a sudden they shut them down two point seven per carry. They didn't have anything they couldn't get anything in the fronts of was tremendous the Limet Gore's tremendous and the secondary gave up one big plan to the next after the next after the next and they never got a consistent pass rush on Russell Wilson. So it's they don't all three levels that defensive never at one time over the course of the season have really played great together at the same time. I understand how it works on the offensive side of the ball. But when you have a coach now calling defensive plays. Did you look at this Carolina panther team and say, oh, I don't I feel like the defense could be played differently or they could call different plays, and somehow schematically it would it would have affected the outcome of a game or. How is the calling of the plays really affect so much? What happened as thinking? I hear was thing saying, it seems like stinks. Probably watched a few games because it happens to be our game coming up from a scheme standpoint, they just haven't had the continuity defensive front has been dominant. We know their linebacking core like their front seven. So the reason why they go out and get someone like Eric Reed. And they have Adams say they got veteran safeties in the middle Leuke cly still playing at a high level people will say well Thomas stays heavy lost a little step. I would say he's lost a half a step, but the lack of corner plate, and you can't play the way they wanna play defense in not have good frontline play and good corner play. And we just haven't seen. It's less to me of a concern starting up. Let's to me of concern of a head coach being hands on with the defense because there's so much less game management stuff that head coach has to do and his team doesn't have the ball as far as timeouts clock management stuff. Okay. So it's to me that's less of a game. What you do is. If you release someone like Brady hope for one you sending back. Horrible sending back to Michigan because they're defensive front could use a coach like that. But you move Washington have him the defensive front, Ron Rivera. He's linebacker. So then you start to bring those groups together open. You can get the type of rhythm that you've had in Carolina since Rivera's been there. All right. Let's move on. Now to the Kansas City Chiefs. They sit atop the AFC west ten and two behind Patrick Mahomes. Andy Reid and dynamic offense. But now they move forward without leading rusher. Kareem hunt Mahomes says the team has to keep going out there to win football games. Nick chiefs win say a Super Bowl without hunt. I think they can I think that Kareem hunt is a big loss for them. And if people just doing him, we talked about the real story with Chretien earlier.."