Ron Rivera will be criticized by some for electing to go for a first down on fourth-and-2 from the New York 14. This was midway through the third quarter, and Cam Newton threw an imcomplete pass. But what would Rivera do other than go for the first down? Hes the Boat.
The Boat doesnt just go for it. The Boat lives for it. Riverboat Ron isnt just a name. Riverboat Ron is a lifestyle.
He failed to pick up the first down Sunday. But hes 10-of-13 on fourth downs this season . Be cool if, instead of a Carolina Panthers jacket, Boat prowled the sideline in a vest.
• New Yorks Ed Reed was once as good as any safety in football. Hes one of the best of all time. But hes 35 now and in his 12th season, and he cant cover anybody. I use to love his work. Watching him Sunday was painful.
• Love the ballhanding. Cam Newton drops back, fakes a hitch pass, fakes a handoff, and hits tight end Greg Olsen for 27 yards.
On DeAngelo Williams 72-yard touchdown Newton commits to a screen pass on the left side. Hes going to throw there. You can tell. Instead he finds Williams with a screen pass on the right. Williams takes off as if propelled, picks up a great block from Brandon LaFell and scores.
Then Newton fakes a handoff, rolls right and gives the ball to Ted Ginn Jr. on an end around that picks up 14 yards.
• The Jets ran twice ran rookie tackle Sheldon Richardson on the goal line. The Panthers stopped him once but the second time Richardson snuck in, although sneak is the wrong word. Men who weigh 294 pounds dont sneak. And you thought Carolinas Mike Tolbert was big.
Maybe the Panthers will try the strategy with their rookie defensive tackle, Star Lotulelei. No, Rivera says as he leaves his post-game news conference. No. No. No. No.
Rivera is the Boat. Look for the ploy soon on a field near you.
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