The football world was left collectively scratching its head last night when Carolina back-up quarterback Derek Anderson took the field for the first drive of their Sunday night game against Seattle.
Anderson threw a pick on the first play of the game, which proved to be an omen of where the night was headed for Carolina.
— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) December 5, 2016
Newton returned after the first series and witnessed the rest of the 40-7 thrashing by the Seahawks, first hand. The loss dropped last year’s NFC champs to 4-8, in what has been a disastrous encore to their 15-1 regular season from a year ago.
Social media was in overdrive throughout the game in an attempt to determine the reason for the micro-benching.
Head coach Ron Rivera addressed the elephant in the room in the postgame press conference. He said the always dapper Newton was benched for not wearing a tie to the game. Rivera said he made the call because everyone on the team has to follow the same rules.
Ron Rivera, on his decision to bench Cam Newton at the start of the game.
— Funhouse (@RNs_Funhouse) December 5, 2016
Rivera’s decision was the right call….if he was coaching a high school or college team. It doesn’t make a ton of sense when you’re the head coach of a 4-8 NFL team and might be coaching for your job as your season spirals out of control.
For “Riverboat Ron”, apparently ties are more important than wins.