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November 21, 2011

Ron Rivera: Panthers lack 'killer instinct'

A day later, Panthers coach Ron Rivera was still upset about his team blowing a 17-point, first-half lead.

The Panthers allowed Detroit to score touchdowns on five of their six second-half possessions in the Lions' 45-39 win. Carolina (2-8) gave up franchise worsts in yardage (495) and first downs (29) in the loss, while allowing the third-most points in franchise history.

Rivera was particulary bothered by the fact that the defense allowed the Lions to march down the field for a second-quarter touchdown after the Panthers had taken a 24-7 lead -- their biggest of the season.

The Lions converted a third-and-12 early in the drive when Matthew Stafford hit Nate Burleson for a 15-yard completion.

Rivera said his young team lacks the killer instinct.

"The situation that has to happen is we've got to find a way to not to worry about losing again and worry about winning again. I think that's part of our problem, when something bad happens the wind goes right out of our sails," Rivera said Monday.

"Instead of trying to find another way to get wind in the sails, we're trying to slow it down. We can't do that. We've got to have the killer instinct."

"We get them off on third down, they punt, we get good field position, we go down and score and now it could have been 31-7," Rivera added. "That's what we have to learn to do."

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 21, 2011 at 01:08 PM | Permalink


That killer instinct is on the sidelines with #52 and #58...not gonna find it this year coach!

Posted by: Mike | Nov 21, 2011 1:57:21 PM

you can't stop the run and you know you can't win until you fix it! football 101!

Posted by: joe cool | Nov 21, 2011 2:03:32 PM

Coach....look in the mirror. YOU are the wind this sail needs. I'm tiring of your blank stare on the sidelines through sunglasses (in a domed stadium). You should be firing these guys up, as should your coaching staff. These are young inexperieinced guys who demand your constant attention and inspiration. With so few vets left on the sidelene, who aren't sulking themselves, it is up to YOU to light the fire and whip up the wind to fill their sails. Fox couldn't coach and inspire, I had hoped you would be different.

No soup for you....NEXT!

Posted by: dangburnit | Nov 21, 2011 2:19:36 PM

This is where the Panthers miss veteran leaders like the injured Jon Beason,Thomas Davis and Jeremy Shockey.
Players who would bring a missing fire,presence and stability to a young team that is trying to learn to win.

Posted by: Black--Panther | Nov 21, 2011 2:40:00 PM

What a moron this coaching staff is.....

Posted by: PSL OWNER (stupid me). | Nov 21, 2011 3:22:16 PM

Yes, what a moron (singular) this staff (plural) is (singular).

Posted by: Jeff | Nov 21, 2011 3:55:46 PM

Thomas Davis has only played in a few games the last three years, hardly been the inspiration of the Panthers. I know Beason has been important for the Panther defense, but not so much with Davis. Fans just read someone stating such about Davis and then go around repeating the same.

When Davis was drafted they played him at SS and he wasn't good enough at SS, so then they moved him to SLB and he played average at SLB, nothing spectacular at all. They finally move him to WLB and he finally found a spot where he could excell where he was having a good season, but he then tore his ACL and that is all she wrote. Davis hasn't even had 1 complete season playing at a pro-bowl level.

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Nov 21, 2011 4:23:59 PM

Who is the playmaker in the secondary? The only picks are off deflections and overthrows. They don't bump recievers at the line and never seem to step in front of the pass.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Nov 22, 2011 9:31:42 AM

staff is a singular word. though i agree that comment made no sense.

Posted by: ryan o | Nov 22, 2011 1:06:36 PM

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