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Quotes: Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera

On how tough it was for his team to get momentum after the Eagles took the lead:

"Exactly. You look at the situation, circumstances, and you can't do that in the first quarter. We've done that a couple of times this year and we had a hole and were trying to dig ourselves out of it and you can't give yourself a chance when you do that.  We turned the ball over twice. We gave up a punt return for a touchdown. You're not going to win football games that way."

On whether the nine sacks in the game were on the offensive line:

"We're going to have to take a look at that on the tape and see why those things happened."

On his reaction to seeing his quarterback get sacked nine times:

"Well I'm disappointed. But I'm going to watch the tape. I'm not going to indict anybody. There's reasons. We have protections. We have calls…. Once we get a chance to take a look at that, then we'll evaluate it."  

On whether he thought of putting backup QB Derek Anderson into the game:

"No. [Panthers QB Cam Newton is] going to continue to work and develop. He's going to continue to get his rhythm. And that's what we're going to do." 

On why he didn't put Anderson in the game:

"Because I thought Cam needed to get a rhythm going. He got a rhythm going and I stuck with him. I think, again, I'm not looking for short-term fixes. I'm looking for the long term. For the long haul. And if he's going to be our quarterback, he's got to work himself through these things and that's what I'm looking for. I thought he did a nice job. I thought he hung in there. I thought he made some plays. We have to give him a chance up front. We have to give him a chance with some of our protections and again, like I said, I'm not going to indict anybody until after I get a chance to look at [the tape]. It could have been the calls, too. I'm going to take a look at everything. We're going to evaluate everything. We're going to make decisions and move forward."      

On how much it takes from the team by getting the score within three, but then having RB Darren Sproles return a punt for a touchdown:

"Oh very much so. Again, like you said, we got it to three, gave ourselves an opportunity and then we allowed that to happen. I mean hats off to them. It was a great job. Nice job blocking. I thought [RB] Darren [Sproles] made a couple of great cuts. We were in position; we missed. And again, with a team like this makes an explosive play, you set yourself up because again, defensively they got after us and we didn't do anything to slow it down."  

On Newton's long pass in the first half to get the team down the field:

"It was a long one. It was probably almost two. And as we evaluate it and looked at it, we thought it was a good play. We had a couple of reads. We also had an opportunity and it closed down very quickly."

On losing another game in prime time:

"It's disappointing. I thought we had a good week of work. I thought some good things happened. We got some players back, expected some of those guys to play better. Again, you just get yourself in position, give yourself an opportunity, you have to make plays. And we didn't make enough plays obviously."


On whether he saw problems with the team's effort:

"No. Believe me, if I saw an effort problem, I would have taken them off the football field. Just so you understand – I'm not going to have that."

On when the wheels fell off in the game:

"Early. Early. And again, you can't let that happen early, especially against a football team like that, that can be explosive. We had some opportunities. We missed some opportunities. We had a couple third-and-longs. We got picked off on a nice play through the air. We have to get it over the top and put ourselves in position to make the play on third down. We didn't and it would have allowed us to keep the drive going. That happened twice." 

On whether he's disappointed with the offensive line overall:

"Again, yes, we'll evaluate it. We'll take a look at it. Those guys haven't played a lot together in a while. And again, when that happens, they got to work together to keep it going and this was the first step."

On whether he's concerned about the ankle injury to DT Star Lotulelei:

"No because everything came up negative. So again, we'll see how he handles the rehab process. But as of right now, it wasn't that serious. It was serious, but not that serious – nothing broken or anything like that. The X-rays were negative and I'll leave it at that because I don't know if he's going to get an MRI or what tomorrow."    

On whether he's concerned about the psyche of the team after coming through a difficult stretch without a win:

"I'm not concerned about it. I'm concerned about us playing. The psyche is one thing, but I think they understand it. I think they get it. I liked the way we broke the huddle just a second ago inside the locker room. So as far as psyche is concerned, I'm not worried about that. I'm not concerned about that. I'm concerned about what we're going to do when we get together on Wednesday and start practicing and start getting ready for Atlanta. Atlanta is coming in and they've got three wins as well and the way it looks we're all chasing New Orleans right now." 

On whether he can take solace in knowing the division is still open:

"Yes. I mean it does give you some hope, but we're running out of time quite honestly. We've got to go back and look at it and we've got to do things better. I have to coach better. Coaches have got to coach better. We have to practice better. We have to go out and we have to play better and we have to do it together as a team. And that's the only way you're going to win football games. We have to play as a team. We have to work as a team and we have to get better."

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