Carolina Panthers' Head Coach Ron Rivera Becomes Heated During Monday's Press Conference

Head coach Ron Rivera has developed a reputation of being very stoic and even-keeled however that was not the case during his press conference with the media on Monday.

Every Monday during the season, Carolina Panthers' head coach Ron Rivera will take some time to meet with the media to answer questions about the last game. This Monday was not your typical press conference though as Rivera took offense to a question about Cam Newton and the team's handling of the concussion protocol.

The play in question came when Newton scrambled to the right and just before crossing the goal line took a helmet to helmet him from the Saints' linebacker. The Panthers scored three plays later, which Newton was on the field for all three plays. After that series though Newton headed to the locker room while Derek Anderson started to warm up.

Anderson never got on the field though as Newton came back to the sideline and was cleared by doctors to return. Rivera seemed to take exception to the fact that anyone was to question the team's handling of the procedures in the concussion protocol. He said during his press conference that he addressed any questions yesterday and did not want to address them again.

While the question is fair, especially with the handling of the concussion protocol in the NFL coming into question recently. During the St. Louis Rams' game against the Baltimore Ravens, quarterback Case Keenum was slammed to the turf and looked like he should have been evaluated for a concussion however he was allowed to remain in the game.

This doesn't seem to be the case with the Panthers who have seemingly erred on the side of caution when it comes to concussions. Earlier in the year, Luke Kuechly suffered a concussion and was held out for four weeks while he worked his way through the protocol. This is probably why Rivera seemed as insulted as he did about the questions. 

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