Rivera hails from the norv turner coaching tree. Norv's M.O was to go a a huge mid season win streak only to collapse in the 4th quarter of the season. It will be interesting to see if Ron follows suit or finishes this ride out with a playoff berth.
For the record, I think Ron has it figured out and just chalk this loss up to the saints being better in their building.
Doesn't get much better than this slate of games if you are a panthers fan and live near the Charlotte area. For your 1:00 games you get a choice to watch the Bears (who are in the wildcard race) play the Ravens or the redskins and the eagles (a huge game for both wildcard and NFC east prospects. Then at 4:25, you get to watch the niners and the saints go head to head in the dome. Go Ravens, Skins, and Niners!
Cap that off with what is being called one of the greatest SNF matchups ever between Denver and K.C. (due to the winning %'s of each team) and our huge game against the Pats on Monday and it's going to be a helluva weekend.
One thing that has been bugging the heck out of me for the last two years is our offenses tendency to not get to the line until less than ten seconds remain on the play clock. I thought that maybe this would end once chud and his elaborate calls were gone, however through the first two preseason games it has been the same. I've never seen an offense call more timeouts than ours does and this hamstrings our defense or our offense in late half situations.
My question to you all is: who is to blame for this? Is it Shula? Is it a general lack of preparedness and focus that can be attributed to Rivera? Or is it Cam?
And before anyone freaks out with the "it's just preseason stuff", this observation spans over the Rivera-cam era.