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Why punting was right call

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Dude the Rams won, the Panthers lost. You mean to tell me you can't see why Rivera would be scrutinized and not Jeff Fisher?

I'm saying they made the identical call and Panthers fans should take solace (unless they hate Rivera and don't want to hear this) in the fact that the call worked in another game even when the punt team screwed it up. Rivera's call put Atlanta on their one yard line. It SHOULD have worked, and the fact that it didn't is on the players, not him. Someone had to make a play.

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Punting is probably the right call, but I would've gone for the first. To hell with being conservatism when your team is on the road and you've only won one game. As easily as the offense was moving the ball against Atlanta, you have to roll the dice and go for it.

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In a normal situation, punting may have well been the right call, but there's other variables you have to take into account.

1. We have Cam Newton

2. This team has been struggling to find an identity, and we're in a desperate need of a moral boost. Rivera failed miserably in sending a message to his team and the rest of the league.

3. KNOW YOUR PERSONNEL!

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Pete Carroll went for it with Reggie Bush and that other awesome running back on his team. Texas held them, then took the ball down the field and won the national championship.

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

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I'm just...good lord people.

Not only are we still talking about this but we keep making new threads about it.

Holy poo.

Move on.

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What irritates me about all the talk about the punt is the fact that people don't talk about the other coaching mistakes like not calling time outs to give us a chance to score before the half, or dilly-dallying after a crucial third-down conversion and letting Atlanta challenge, or the damn Wildcat formation out of the blue when the option stuff was working really well, etc. etc.

I've been trying to like Rivera as I think he's a quality guy, but he's just not a very good coach. This is a team with talent that could be good, but we consistently mess up the little things, the fundamentals, that have cost us (and are continuing to cost us) game after game.

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