Carolina coach Ron Rivera was disappointed with some of his reserves for their work Saturday against Houston. He was almost upset as he was on the field at Wofford last week.
"I don't accept that," he says about their play.
I asked specifically what disappointed him.
He said some of his young players, not the starters, didn't play the way they needed to. He cited ineffective tackling and failing to finish plays.
"Guys we're counting on to develop and be part of this football team," Rivera says.
Rookie linebacker Luke Kuechly, Carolina's top pick in the draft, to Rivera: "Man, it happens fast."
Rivera on the five-year extension to which the Panthers signed Jonathan Stewart: we "understand what our offense can be with these guys on the field."
He says Stewart was an integral piece of Carolina's offense last season and the Panthers didn't want to lose him.
Cam Newton talked about the first-quarter catch Stewart made on an overthrown ball for 13 yards.
Rivera says that cornerback Nate Ness, who left the game after spending several minutes on the turf, might have sustained a concussion.