“I think they have that mentality,” said Rivera. The Panthers had the opportunity to stand their ground on Sunday against a chippy St. Louis Rams and they did. The guys “drew the line”. “It was good to see,” said Rivera. “It’s part of being a team. It’s part of having each others back.” “We call it the pack mentality.” “If it helps us…that’s great. Maintain your composure.” “We’re all in this together. Working as a unit.” The Panthers want to bring the same effort and approach to each game. The Panthers are playing hard and giving it their all. Each and every play they are looking to execute. “It means something to them,” said Rivera. Rivera reminds the team that it starts with Winning each day, each practice, each play.” The Panthers are winning.
Rivera credits Mitchell for handling his composure after a big, legal hit to Rams QB Sam Bradford. Some of the Rams players were upset after the play and were overly aggressive towards Mitchell. “Mike got out of there and stayed away from it,” said Rivera. Rivera: “Mike’s learning and maturing. He understands his responsibility.” He plays hard and “he personally has a lot to prove.”
Rivera: “This game was a tough physical game.” “I hope it sends a message” to other teams. “We stood up and we fought back.”
Panthers need to be “smart,” said Rivera. With a short week to prepare, they need to “rest, rehydrate, and refuel.” Panthers face the Tampa Bay Buccanneers Thursday night. Panthers will have a condensed week. The Panthers begin with Meetings, Gameplan, walk-thru, work-out, and then fly to Tampa Bay. Rivera: “It’s something you have to manage.” Newton: “All 53-players have to be focused.” Newton looks to the leaders of the team in setting the example and bringing the intensity and swagger that the team can feed off of heading into the short week in preparation for Thursday night.
Panthers are trying to get over .500. Rivera: “It would be huge because we’d be relevant.” “We have to go out and make a mark.” “We’ve got to fight against the match-up.” “It’s their team versus our team.” “We’re going to play our best guys who give us the best chance to win.”
The Panthers defeated the Rams. The Panthers are learning to win as a team. Defend as a team. Score as a team. Execute as a team. The Panthers know what they are capable of.
Ron Rivera stressed and emphasized “finishing.” The players are buying in.
Newton: “We’ve got to keep chugging.” “We have to do our task and be accountable.” Coach says it all the time, ‘It’s all about one guy focusing on their particular role, not about eleven other roles. If we do that we’ll be alright.”
Having a team win also means that the coaches had success. It was a physical game. The Panthers held their composure and showed that they are the better coached team. The Panthers were battling on the field. Rivera was also battling but on the sidelines with an illness. Rivera looked fatigued and even stated that he was tired after the game. Thank you Rivera for your commitment to the team and all of your hard work in progressing the team.
The Panthers staff has also worked well together and the hard work is starting to show and pay-off. DC Sean McDermott was aggressive in his play calling. OC Mike Shula had a good game plan. “Our running game has been solid.” “Once Mike got into a rhythm, the play calling was outstanding,” said Rivera.
Rushing – D. Williams 15/40
Pass Receiving- S. Smith 6/5/69 1 TD
INT- C. Munnerlyn 1 TD
3rd Down Eff. 2-9-22%
Total Yards: 282
Cam Newton 17-15-0
Red Zone Eff. 2-4-50%
Final Score 30-15 Panthers
Sacks: M. Mitchell –1; G. Hardy-1; C. Johnson-1; C. Cole-1
Written By: Phillip Boyce