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Ron Rivera and Luke Kuechly discuss Sunday night’s matchup versus Saints


Ron Rivera credits the Saints as a “good team” that might have had an “off-night” against the Seattle Seahawks. Rivera believes it all will come down to how the teams execute on the field come Sunday night.

The Saints are undefeated this year at home, inside a noisy dome. But as Steve Smith noted, if you can keep the Saints offense off the field, it will be quiet, like a church when the sermon is delivered. And as Thomas Davis stated, “its about what happens between the lines…at the end of the day.” Rivera is pleased with that sort of attitude and is confident that the message is accepted by the rest of the players.

Rivera looks to be consistent. Being a consistent winner. Rivera doesn’t want to have the up’s and down’s; i.e. hot one year and lukewarm or cold the next. He is looking to set the team in a motion of being a consistent winner–year in and year out. Rivera credits the staff  for the team makeup which drew from the draft and free agency.

The team has continued to improve, to grow and develop. Rivera states, that to continue to be a winning team, the recipe will have to be the same–top notch draft picks and going after free agents to continue to build and add strength to the team.

Rivera, although when asked about his nickname ‘Riverboat Ron,’ appears to have a look of disdain, is embracing the name, at least for a good cause, looking to use it somehow to benefit charities.


Rivera credits Sean Peyton as being “one of the brightest minds in the NFL as far as offensive playcalling.” Rivera acknowledges that its not a lot of fun to go against him, but it is a fun football team to watch. Rivera says that there is a lot of homework involved going against a team like the Saints.

Rivera also credits Cam Newton with his development and understanding of the game. Cam Newton is making better decisions and understanding his opponents. Cam also realizes that he doesnt have to place the burden on himself to win but can spread it around to his other offensive playmakers, and that is what he has done this season. Cam Newton is committed to being succcessful and it shows in the meeting room, the weightroom, the lockerroom, it’s business.

Rivera states that the Saints game is a big one because it is the next game the Panthers play. But it is also important to get a “leg up” on the opponent.

Luke Kuechly: “It’s going to be an exciting game.”

Here’s the link to the audio:

Credit to: New Orleans Media


Written by: Phillip Boyce

Twitter: phillipjboyce


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