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Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera
Conference Call with New Orleans Media
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Iím assuming your team is still preparing for a potent Saints offense despite what you saw against Seattle.

ďYeah without a doubt. Believe me, that was a little set of circumstances I think and a little bit about the playing environment. Most certainly though, because last I looked, thereís still Drew Brees and Jimmy Grahamand Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles and Marques Colston. This is a good football team, so sometimes strange things happen.Ē

Defensively, your team is playing top-notch. How well do you think your matchup against the Saints will go considering that you have faced them a lot before and are somewhat familiar with their weapons?

ďYeah but still, you do match up against individual players, but a lot of it has to do with the execution. Youíd love to catch them in an off-night again, most certainly, but you never know. It will come down to the execution on both sides of the ball.Ē

For your team, was there a singular time or event where everything just kind of flipped? Or did it just gel over a period of time and this is where you guys are right now?

ďI think it has gelled over a period of time. This team has gone through a lot, not just since Iíve been here, but before I got here. Struggling the way we had the two previous seasons before I got here, the last two that we went through. I think it was just a matter of time. We were able to get the players that we were kind of looking for, the type of players. I think weíve had three really good draft classes. Weíve done well in free agency and those guys are now kind of coming to fruition. Our quarterback has to learn and grow. I think expectations in this league are so out of whack because so many people are having success right away that they expect it constantly. Thatís just not the way it is. Itís hard to win in this league and to win consistently like you have in New Orleans, thatís where you want to get to. You want to get to that point where itís not one year up, one year down, itís four, five, six, seven years in a row.Ē

Even though you won five out of your last six, one of them coming here in the season finale, there was a question mark about your return. How much did that set up this year?

ďI donít know if it necessarily set up this year as much as it was all about this team continuing to grow and develop and getting the draft picks. If you donít have the players and you donít hit on your draft picks, it doesnít matter what you did the year before. Thatís going to be key, again not to look too far ahead, but next year. Going into the í14 season it will be the seam thing: how well we do in the draft and how well we do with free agency.Ē

Do you have to go on a riverboat since your name is ďRiverboat RonĒ while youíre in New Orleans?

ďItís unbelievable. This thing has taken on a mind of its own. Itís kind of gone all over the place and itís one of those things that the moniker is what it is as far as trying to describe some of the decisions Iíve made. I kind of look at what Iíve done as just calculating it. But I will say this: my wife and I are going to try to figure out a way to use it to help benefit some of these charities out here that we work with. Weíve got to just keep rolling with it I guess.Ē

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Old 12-05-2013, 12:29 AM   #2
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Re: Ron Rivera and Luke Kuechly talk about Sunday night's matchup

It should be a great game.
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Re: Ron Rivera and Luke Kuechly talk about Sunday night's matchup

Good read. A lot is being made out of the fact Carolina swept the Saints last season, but come on, that was without a H/C.

I kinda' expect to see much the same from the Panther defense as we saw last week, but with different results as Drew will be able to audible and have some success passing on these guys.
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our turn for the sweep...
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