Comments from Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera.
On how the Panthers practiced following their first preseason game: I liked it. I thought the pace, the tempo was very good. The nice thing is the guys got an opportunity to recover with Sunday off and then come back; we had meetings in the morning. I thought their spirit, their attitude was right. I thought we learned something today. We're finishing up our installations and we should have our last installation practice early next week. I'm pretty excited about that as we start looking toward getting ready for the regular season.
On how much of the offense and defense have been installed to this point: I still think it's a ways to go. But what we talked about doing was keeping our base fundamentals and getting those things down first and foremost. Then as we start getting ready for the regular season, we'll start adding the things that we will need. And it all goes back to being able to have our bases down and understanding exactly what we need to do.
On if quarterback
On when he will make a decision about the starting quarterback: (Preseason) Week three.
On getting wide receiver
On if Otah reinjured his knee: No. It was a result of really just being at this point of camp. The thing that got us concerned was that he did have a little swelling on it, so we thought we better back off. Then after the doctors checked him, we've got a plan and he's following it.
On why quarterback
On why fullback
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On if anything changed about his evaluation of the quarterbacks' performance against the New York Giants after watching the tape: No. The thing that was really good about the way they played was it was right in line with the things that we thought they were capable of doing. Again, some of the things that did happen were the results of making a couple of bad decisions, missing a couple of blocks, running a couple of the wrong routes. It was a team thing. It goes back to protecting the quarterback, running good routes and then making good decisions. When you break down in one of those three phases as far as offense is concerned, you're going to have problems and that's what happened to us.
On what he was most pleased with after watching the tape: I said it and I really do mean it is they played hard. It's like today. I'm pleased with the fact they came out and practiced hard. We made some mistakes and we made mistakes again today. But the thing is if we're going to play hard and practice hard and do things that we need to do, we'll give ourselves a chance.
On developing the Ron Rivera culture: I wouldn't call it culture as much as understanding the way that we want to do things. It comes back to being different. They had a system here that was in place and had some good success with it. I'm trying to do something that's a little bit different, so I want to build it as a team and as an organization and get everybody to buy into the way we need to do things and the way I believe that you have to do things to win.
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