Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is a focal point in the team’s offense, as he can beat defenses all different ways.
McCaffrey can run both inside and outside, but he can also catch passes out of the backfield, which is why he’s an every-down back.
Not only that, we learned he can do something else during Monday’s game against the Saints — he can throw. McCaffrey attempted his first career pass on a trick play on fourth down, and he threw an absolute dime to tight end Chris Manhertz for the 50-yard touchdown.
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Did that just happen?!
Christian McCaffrey is throwing TD passes! 😳
— NFL (@NFL) December 18, 2018
Christian McCaffrey's first career NFL pass attempt went for a touchdown. He was 2-3 with 2 touchdowns when passing at Stanford.
McCaffrey is the 3rd player with a passing, rushing and receiving TD this season, joining Tarik Cohen and Emmanuel Sanders.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 18, 2018
It was the first touchdown thrown by a non-quarterback in Panthers franchise history.
Unfortunately, McCaffrey’s play was not enough to lead the Panthers to victory, and it’s appearing as if the Panthers’ losing streak is taking a toll on head coach Ron Rivera, judging by his actions during a press conference on Tuesday.
The Panthers were once competing for the NFC South division title, at 6-2 — but they’ve somehow lost six straight games since then, which is difficult to fathom, given the talent on their roster.
Rivera was asked about the possibility of him being fired in the future — specifically, if he hates hearing questions about it.
“Absolutely, because I don’t know,” he said. “I’ve been through it a couple of times my first two seasons. But at the end of the day it comes down to one person, and that’s the only one that knows.’’
The Panthers head coach was then asked if he wants to return as head coach, and that’s when he got snippy with the reporter.
“That is a stupid question,” Rivera responded. “That really is, and I’m not going to answer that one. I’m very happy where I am. I do appreciate my place here on this football team and in this city and in this community.’’
Ron Rivera says he "absolutely" hates being asked about what his future holds because he is not the one who makes that decision.
— Will Kunkel (@WillKunkelFOX46) December 18, 2018
That was a bit of a trollish question, and it did appear that the reporter was trying to push Rivera’s buttons, in hopes of getting a reaction out of him (and it worked).