“The goal is not to go 16-0 or undefeated," Rivera told ESPN Monday. “The goal is to win the Super Bowl."
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Now, he didn’t say that he would sit his starters, but did say that it’s a possibility.
“To me we’ve got to do it smart, we’ve got to be judicious about how we do it, hypothetically speaking. But that’s my thought process now. We’ll do it as we need it."
We’re still a few games away from getting to that point, but it’s going to be worth watching if this does happen. It’s likely that Newton, Stewart and other big names like Josh Norman, Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis would push to play, but Rivera may wind up pushing back.