The Seahawks secured a 40-7 victory over the Panthers in Week 13 at CenturyLink Field. Here's what Carolina had to say to the media after the game:
Head Coach Ron Rivera
(On the 40-7 result...) "It's disappointing. We had some opportunities early on. We pull within three and give up a big play right away. For whatever reason there was a miscommunication and we didn't get the guy in position and we gave up the big play. There's some guys out there that need to step it up and unfortunately they didn't."
(On if there is something that you can point to that is different from last year to this year…) "Health and lack of health. There are some things that go on with that when you're playing your top notch guys or you're playing your backup guys. So there is an issue or something that is missing? Yeah. I think that is part of it. I think it does come down to execution. It does come down to playing well in all three phases, whether you score early and you put yourself in a better position as a team. Or you defend early and help the offense out, that's all apart of it."
(On if there is disappointment going 0-2 on this road trip…)"Very much so. Last week I thought we played well and gave ourselves a chance. And that's the hard thing. We played a good Raiders team that is a physical football team. We had an opportunity to win. Today we came out and obviously you can't make a mistake on your first series but we came back and it was 10-7 at one point. Again we just didn't give ourselves a chance, that is the disappointment. We had some opportunities. We missed some plays. Probably the tough thing is the lack of discipline and being where you're supposed to be, that's the thing that bothers you more than anything else. When you get a chance to look at it on tape, that's probably the biggest thing, that is going to be the tell-tale."
QB Cam Newton
(On how he would sum up what went wrong tonight and this season…) "I don't know. We've just got to get guys back healthy. I think that's been a big issue. For the people who have been playing, effort has been there, but as far as trust in each other, I think that's something we all can get better at, including myself. What I mean [by] that, coach always says it's about one guy doing his job and perfecting his job, not one guy trying to do 10 other guys' jobs. When you do that, sometimes you'll be right, and sometimes you'll be wrong, and that's where we're at."
(On how to prevent this season from unraveling…) "Winning. That's it. Winning."
S Tre Boston
(On why he thinks the Carolina defense gave up so many yards tonight...) "Got to tackle better. Got to communicate. Got to find a way to get more turnovers. Got to find a way to get more turnovers on their side of the field. Set our offense up for easy scores. That's it, honestly."
(On taking one step forward and two steps back as a team this season...)"Story of the season, honestly. We just haven't found our way to click together. Everybody is working as a unit here, a unit there. We just got to find a way to put it all together, and that is what we are lacking right now."
CB James Bradberry
(On the mindset amongst the team during a tough game...) "Throughout the game you've always got to keep your head up and keep pushing forward. You can't give up even though you're losing. We don't want to get too down on ourselves and keep pushing."
(On what they were thinking as a defense in the fourth quarter...)"Just trying to make stops, pretty much. I gave up a couple of catches in the fourth quarter that I shouldn't have given up. Kind of relaxed on the last one. Just a rookie mistake, I have to go hard all the time."
LB A.J. Klein
(On mistakes leading to a difficult night on defense…)"They did a good job. You can't take away from what they did, but more lack of mental discipline on our part. I think we played hard. I don't think we stopped playing hard all game. Especially in the run game, but their zone-read stuff, you have to be disciplined and stay in your gap."
TE Greg Olsen
(On going winless on the two game road trip...) "These are humbling experiences. Right now the reality is....We just aren't very good right now, that's just the reality. That's all anyone should care about. Just win one time, one game. Prepare that way, play that way, play smart, execute, and win one game."
WR Ted Ginn Jr.
(On overall impressions from the outcome...)"The score speaks for itself. We couldn't get it rolling like we usually do. We got to seven and after that we just struggled. We got to just put all three phases together and play better ball."
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