The team “took a step back” and look to make corrections. Rivera: “It was a humbling experience.” The Panthers 8-game winning streak was halted by the Saints in a division game.
Preparation went well but as the players stepped on the field in New Orleans, their playmaking ability, the ability to execute was stymied by an aggressive New Orleans Saints team.
The Saints were able to capitalize on the Panthers lack of productivity.
The Panthers mindset before the game was the imperative to score touchdowns and not settle for field goals.
The opposite happened.
The Panthers trailed the Saints and were never able to recover.
The Panthers offense, stalled. The Panthers defense, suffered.
The gameplan was questionable.
Preparation and practice went well…so, what happened during game time on the Prime time stage?
HC Ron Rivera indicates that it was a few players out of position. Rivera: “You can’t have that…you have to be consistent, all eleven guys have to be on the same page.”
Rivera: “It’s disappointing. I thought we would have known our opponent better. I thought we would have played better situational football, but we didn’t. There were some basic fundamental stuff that we messed up…Football 101 mistakes (leverage, coverage leverage—knowing where help is coming from, fitting runs, blocking, route depth, initial reads), these are base fundamental things that we messed up…” Rivera: “This was a team loss.” “We had opportunities but didn’t take advantage of them.”
The Panthers will learn from the loss and make the needed corrections. The Panthers goals haven’t changed. The next game against the NY Jets is the most important because it is the next game the Panthers play.
Written by: Phillip Boyce