His team had just been humiliated in a game that started with him - the league's reigning MVP - watching from the sideline. Newton, who wore a black turtleneck and jacket, said he did not have a dress shirt because the Panthers were on a long road trip after facing the Oakland Raiders the previous week. So the idea that he could get a dress-code violation from anything but the back page of Us Weekly is staggering.
He added: "I felt like I wore a similar outfit to this before and nothing was said, but [Rivera] has rules in place, and I have to abide by them".
Rivera, however, answered with an emphatic "no" when asked if he was anxious about losing the locker room. Pete Carroll discussed the free safety's injury with ESPN's Sheil Kapadia and the rest of the media, shortly after the Seahawks' 40-7 blowout of the Carolina Panthers. They either referred reporters to Rivera's comments or declined to comment at all. And since Newton talked about it last night, Rivera declared the matter closed. The Seahawks do have enough All-Pro talent to make a good effort at moving on without Thomas despite Michael Bennett's respectful concern over replacing a player so valuable to the defense. "Including a lot of things where we had our opportunities and we failed at it". He has found ways to keep players motivated and working to improve during tough times.
"It's not the first time and it probably won't be the last time", Rivera said. He has no choice but to say that. Token suspensions are for Steve Spurrier players in a bowl game (although when he benched Rex Grossman in the 2002 Orange Bowl for missing curfew, Spurrier sat his star for six series). At this point, the Carolina Panthers will have to play upset against their opponents, hoping to string together a win or two.
The 2014 team got better.
If the season ended today, Seattle would be the No. 2 seed in the NFC, with a bye over a wild-card weekend and a home game against the wild-card winners in the divisional round.
This season could get worse before it gets better.
You see, Coach Ron Rivera has a rule.
We all had grand expectations, Rivera said of the season.
"All of us consider retirement just about every game", Sherman continued.
He's right. The defense gave up 534 yards, a whopping 240 on the ground.
The offense managed just 271 yards and a season-low seven points.
Newton finished 14 of 32 for 182 yards.
Then that freak play happened; a freak play that may have changed everything - at least for the remainder of this season. However, bottom line is this: if there is a team rule that says you must wear a tie, when you're packing your suitcase, you make sure you have a tie.