re: the impact of going for it on 4th and the broader implications of it.
you think he's finally getting it? sounds like it, but i need to see it more.
"We're going to do the best we can to make things happen, and I think these guys have bought into that," Rivera said. "Our third-down efficiency was outstanding, and of course we were two-for-two on fourth down.".
Rivera on new aggressive 4th downs: "One of the things I've learned," "it's been enlightening," "kicking field goals aren't good enough."
Rivera on 4th-down calls: "It's about making a statement."
Rivera has evolved in his fourth-down philosophy. Lest we forget, 4 weeks ago the Panthers wouldn't "play desperate."
it sure sounds like the offense really appreciated the trust put in them in doing that. it's that kind of thing that builds confidence in them and hurts the other team's morale. i think it also shows a lot of trust in your defense as well, that if it didn't work out the D would be able to handle it.
"To have Coach Rivera give us the go-ahead on two fourth-and-ones in one drive is pretty gutsy," left tackle Jordan Gross said after the Panthers turned the conversions into a touchdown that propelled them to a 35-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. "It meant a lot to us that he would do that. It meant a lot to him that we would hold up our end of the bargain. I think it set the tone for the game."
"In a hostile environment, knowing that we need an edge in this game, we went for it," Newton said. "For Coach Rivera to trust us, it means a lot. It speaks volumes.
"He's a defensive coach by nature, so he has that conservative mentality, but I think he's kind of breaking his mold to a degree and giving the whole team confidence with that."
"It sends the message that Coach Rivera has confidence in our group. That goes a long way," centerRyan Kalil said. "At the same time, we have to make sure that we answer for him when he puts that confidence in us."