The intention wasn’t to publish a weekly list of reasons why Ron Rivera should be fired. It was to provide constructive criticism. Not for Rivera —I have no idea if anybody inside Bank of America Stadium reads this column— but for fans who wanted to know why Panthers games were always closer than they needed to be.Sometimes Womens Customized Carolina Panthers Jerseys , we’ve looked at situations where the staff has bucked the influence of their out-dated angels. The rest of these columns have focused on situations where the Panthers made bad choices while possessing the ball. Yesterday, Ron Rivera decided to shake up the staff that spends the least amount of time with the football. That may come across as scapegoating from the perspective of this writing, but it isn’t. The defense was also a problem this year. No amount of offensive coaching changes are going to change how Rivera makes decisions in the red zone or on critical downs with short distances to gain. The opportunity for scapegoats left long ago, now is the time for shuffling coaches on the deck of the R.M.S. Riverboat. It is what it is.There isn’t much left to say. We know that the Panthers are hampered by certain personnel deficiencies along both lines that accentuate Rivera’s most antiquated flaws. He wants to rely on his frequently struggling defense and is given the opportunity often by an offense that is magnetically attracted to coming up just short on third down. He actively prefers close games, decided by a touchdown or less, where his record is dead even through eight years. A perfect 29-29-1.With only four games left in 2018 for the Panthers, Rivera has to believe that a winning streak can save his job. Pulling that off will require a style of coaching that he clearly disdains. The Panthers have spent all season —and, really, all of Rivera’s tenure in Carolina— on the verge of success. He has built good teams and has convinced his players to buy in year after year. They, like many teams Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey , commit a number of errors every game. Losses take on the story of an avalanche of misfortune. Wins are often about overcoming adversity and “finding a way to win.” Part of that balancing act of mistakes and missed opportunities are self-inflicted wounds. They are based in what looks like a desire to resurrect the 1985 Bears in the era of the 2018 Chiefs.That balance keeps the Panthers teetering back and forth between winning and losing seasons. A year where everything clicks into place looks like 2015. A year that sees a few more unlucky bounces looks like 2018, or 2011, or 2012, or 2014, or 2016. If Rivera would take his good teams and push them instead of trying to protect them then he could be a successful coach in the NFL. He could tip the balance that he created. He could lead the Panthers to future seasons of relevance. To do so his team needs to make a commitment to scoring points instead of possessing the football, to defending the pass instead of rallying to the catch.Rivera’s stories could be about beating most teams with confidence instead of a last second field goal. Fans could be excited about big games instead of, at best, nervous. I don’t think any of this is likely to happen, but I would be happy if it did. The old Riverboat has been good for this franchise. I don’t enjoy writing about negatives of his time here. I don’t want to keep writing about narrow losses to teams that are not better than the Panthers. I would like to write about an eight year veteran, in danger of being left behind http://www.pantherscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-christian-mccaffrey-jersey , acknowledging his own flaws and growing as a head coach at the highest level of football. Welcome to this edition of “CSR Eight for the 8-ball” where we use the power of random chance to answer all your complicated Carolina Panthers questions! In this series, we poll a classic Mattel toy on a variety of topics, and will do so at different points throughout the season.For those unfamiliar with the magic 8 ball, answers that give a “Yes” are more common than answers that give a “No.” There are also answers that are ambiguous, for those, we will just re-roll the question, and for kicks, throw in a hot take from the 2018 Carolina Panthers Take Generator. The questions today will all be geared toward the questions that fans have following the the first three weeks of the season entering the teams first bye week.In case you’re wondering how the last 8-ball predictions fared, currently it was correct on 6 out of 8, with a possible 7th. It incorrectly guessed that Garrett Gilbert would be the backup quarterback for the regular season http://www.carolinapanthersteamonline.com/daryl-williams-jersey , and right now the jury is still out on the nature of C.J. Anderson and his growing role.1) Will Christian McCaffrey end the season with over 1500 scrimmage yards?8-ball says: Yes, Definitely.2) Will Devin Funchess have a 1000 yard receiving season?8-ball says: My sources say no.3) Will Eric Reid handle more than half the snaps at safety against the Giants?8-ball says: Outlook not so good.4) Will Greg Olsen return before week 8?8-ball says: Reply hazy, try again. > ... Fine. > Yes, Definitely.Take Generator says: Matt Kalil could make a name for himself as a Shutdown Corner.5) Will Taylor Moton extend his streak of pressure-free play to three games?8-ball says: Cannot predict now. > YOU BETTER FIGURE OUT HOW! > Outlook Good!Take Generator says: Greg Olsen is one of the league’s best as a 3-4 OLB.6) Will D.J. Moore exceed 40 receptions this season?8-ball says: Cannot predict now. > ... > Without a doubt.Take Generator says: Wes Horton shows deceptive speed due to his intangibles.7) Will the Panthers win at least three of their next four games?8-ball says: Concentrate and ask again. > The odds of this are getting absolutely astounding, four in a row? Really? > YES.Take Generator says: Michael Palardy couldn’t be better as a possession receiver.8) Does acquiring Eric Reid affect our comp pick situation?8-ball says: Signs point to yes.So what do you think of the 8-ball’s answers CSR faithful? Look for it whenever we hit key points in the season, and enjoy the power of random chance!