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Six Cold Hard Facts About the Loss in Carolina
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Here is a six-pack of the top lessons learned from the 28-16 loss.
“We have to eliminate them. Turnovers are something that we have been talking about all year long. That’s something that we are the leaderboard in the league and that’s too many of them. We have to avoid them. So you talk about it every day, and we’ve been talking weekly on certain things and situations about we have to protect the football. We have to protect the football. We can’t turn it over. So it’s not like we haven’t been talking about it. We’re doing it too often… I think in situations at certain times you are trying to make a shot, make a play, take a shot down field whether it was caught, to see certain things and certain situations. Being down a couple of scores (and) trying to make some big plays at times.”
“A couple of those weren’t very good today… The one backed up punt (that went 30 yards) was poor. They got the ball at the 35 yard line I think which hurt us. Our defense was on a short field the whole entire first half.”
“Obviously that was a blow for what we try to get done offensively. We always talk next man up. That’s our philosophy. But make no mistake, you cannot replace a guy like that. You just can’t. He’s a big part of what we do offensively. We need him to have a speedy recovery.”
“Bad execution. I don't know how exactly it happens. You can't start like that. But the fact is it did happen, and we have to make sure that it never happens again. It was just really bad out there. I thought our defense kept giving us opportunities, but we just had breakdown after breakdown. We need to get our stuff together as an offensive line.”
“What a great pick. That was huge for us at that time of the game to keep us in it. (It was) a big play on his part. Huge play. To jump in front of (the receiver) and get the interception and keep them from scoring. I think he got settled in as the game went along. I’m happy for him and the way he made the play… He’s a player that when you watch the practice film, you think he’s playing a game. There’s a lot of energy; he loves to go out and practice. You really like the way he plays the game. You go out in practice and it looks like he’s playing a game. He gets so excited. I love his attitude when he comes to work.”
“We’re going to keep on fighting. That’s what we do in this business. We have the Raiders coming to town so if that doesn’t say enough to everybody you have the wrong people in your building.” Read