It did not take long after the Carolina Panthers loss to the Minnesota Vikings for Panthers head coach Ron Rivera to identify what went wrong. Although the Panthers offense failed to score during the entire second half, Rivera keyed in on an issue that presented itself the entire game.
“We got beat because we didn’t do the things we were supposed to, and they just kept plugging away.” Rivera said. “You can’t have 10 penalties for 65 yards, when you look at the number of plays that was negated. That’s what it really comes down to.”
“We shot ourselves in the foot.”
One controversial call was the holding penalty that was called on Kelvin Benjamin during a Fozzy Whitaker touchdown. Rivera did not seem too convinced the flag was warranted. “You know, again, the referee calls the penalty and we move on the next play.” Although the film did show Kelvin holding on the play, it was a close call that could have gone either way. It just so happened to come at a terrible time for the Panthers.
This week, you can expect a tough practices for the Carolina Panthers player, with renewed focus on the details of the game as the Carolina Panthers prepare for the Atlanta Falcons. Rivera knows who is responsible for fixing the current issues with the team.
“We are not playing disciplined at all, so I’ve got to get it corrected.”