Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to have surgery for Lisfranc injury

Ron Rivera reflects on time as head coach for Carolina Panthers after firing

Ron Rivera reflects on time as head coach for Carolina Panthers after firing

Secondary coach Perry Fewell was named interim head coach.

Panthers owner David Tepper said in a statement that "I believe this is the best decision for the long-term success of our team".

He reached the title game with Carolina in 2015, losing 24-10 to the Denver Broncos.

He suffered the Lisfranc injury in the team's third preseason game vs. the Patriots. "Our vision is to find the right mix of old-school discipline and toughness with modern and innovative processes". Kyle Allen has been the quarterback for the Panthers in Newton's absence, but there is a chance Carolina could look to go in an entirely new direction at the position for the 2020 season.

There are some notable names the Panthers could hire, like Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, plus a former National Football League head coach in Mike McCarthy and a sitting National Football League head coach in the Cowboys' Jason Garrett. "My intent is to coach again - I love coaching; not just coaching because it's about winning football games, but coaching because you have the opportunity to impact other men and people - win football games and hopefully winning a Super Bowl".

"I thought it just came very natural the things that I saw that we needed to work on, and I spoke about those things not only to the players, but the coaches".

That site is giving the best odds (5-2) to Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman as Rivera's replacement (BetOnline gave Roman 9-1 odds to get the gig).

The Panthers placed him on injured reserve on November 5, which raises questions and intrigue of why it took so long for Newton to elect to go the surgical route. He was also asked about favoring a coach with an offensive background to one from the defensive side of the ball.

Before suffering the foot injury, Newton missed only three starts in seven seasons. And I can really, truly say this, in my nine years the young man has been nothing but upfront with me, honest, supportive, caring. The team can save up to $19 million in cap space if they cut or trade him during the offseason.

"It gives me an opportunity to prove it, and it gives our players an opportunity to prove it", Fewell said. Thank you for believing in me. Newton noted "this one hurt deep" during an Instagram Story post (via NFL Network's Ian Rapoport).