Carolina Panthers may return to the days of ‘Riverboat Ron’ play calling to right struggling defense (Mick Mixon podcast)

PortCityDaily.com is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

The Carolina Panthers, last year’s NFC champions, are limping into the bye week with a 1-5 record, but the team’s play-by-play man is confident they will return a more aggressive team on defense and start winning games.

Mick Mixon, the play-by-play man for the Panthers, has his weekly radio chat with affiliate station The Dude 93.7 FM, with host Linda Wylde. This week, Port City Daily sports reporter Joe “Cats” Catenacci joins Mixon and Wylde to discuss the team’s disappointing 41-38 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday after the Panthers came back from a 21-point deficit and tied the game 38-38 with just under three minutes left in the game.

Mixon said he expects Coach Ron Rivera and the rest of the coaching staff to return to the aggressive play calling – especially on defense – that earned Rivera the gambling-referring nickname “Riverboat Ron” in the 2013 season.

I think the Panthers will say ‘this isn’t working, this rush four, drop seven defense,’” Mixon said. “What’s the risk? You give up a big play? We give up big plays now.”

You can hear the full interview in the podcast above. Mixon can be heard on The Port City Morning Show each week during the football season, typically on Monday mornings at 7:30 a.m., though the schedule may change due to holidays or if the team is traveling.

And, whenever the Panther’s play, catch the game and the post-game show on The Dude.