Ron Rivera glad to have KK Short back
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera again came to the defense of right tackle Mike Remmers on Tuesday, saying he has “absolute confidence” despite Remmers’ rough night against Von Miller in the Super Bowl.
Remmers twice was beaten by Miller in Super Bowl 50 for strip-sacks against Cam Newton that resulted in 15 points. The Broncos recovered Newton’s first fumble in the end zone for a touchdown and started inside the Panthers’ 5 following the second fumble to seal Denver’s 24-10 victory.
Tight end Ed Dickson said after the game the Panthers should have given Remmers more help blocking Miller, the Super Bowl MVP.
“We made some mistakes across the board, whether it was the players or whether it was the coaching. But to blame it on one guy and finger-point without really knowing is very unfair,” Rivera said. “I have absolute confidence in Mike Remmers. I’ve got no issue with Mike Remmers.”
The Panthers stood pat at offensive tackle during the offseason, signing Remmers to a restricted free agent tender worth $2.55 million this year. Some observers expected second-year tackle Daryl Williams to push Remmers for the starting spot, but it hasn’t happened yet.
Rivera pointed out the Panthers are 22-4, including the postseason, since Remmers became a starter with five games left in the 2014 season.
“Mike came back with a certain type of resolve,” Rivera said. “Let’s be patient and see what happens. If he gets beat out, he gets beat out. If he’s our starter that’s because he’s doing something well.”