“Chicago was a tough loss, but we aren’t in a do or die situation; we’re in a situation where we can continue to master and take care of our destiny. I know as a team we want to finish up these last seven games strong, starting with Carolina, and it will be good to be back at home.
“Against the Bears, not all three phases were working together and we obviously – on the defensive side of the ball – didn’t get turnovers to help our offense, which is what we should be doing. We gave up too many turnovers and I think that was the biggest reason to why the score got so lopsided.
“We did do a lot of good things, but we didn’t do enough to win, and that’s all that really matters. You can play as best as you want, but still allowing one big play in the run game and maybe two big plays in the pass game – it’s not enough. We didn’t get the turnovers for our offense to put points on the board, and that’s what we do as a defense. This is why it’s a team game, you give and take and help each other out when needed.
“Things happen, and we’re lucky enough to have a strong team, a mature team – and young at that – that can learn, forget and move past this to get ready for the next game.
“Looking at Carolina, I think turnovers have been a factor in their games, which is a good thing for us. I think they’ve also been in a lot of shootouts. Their defense hasn’t played as well as I’m sure they had hoped, and as far as I know, they’ve been plagued with injuries; but that’s the name of the game and you have to be able to bounce back from those types of things.
“With Cam Newton, I think opportunities definitely present themselves with rookie quarterbacks, but I think that’s the way it is with all quarterbacks as long as you execute your game plan. With as well schooled as we are as a defensive line and a defensive unit, as well as the great coaches that we have, we always have the opportunity to get after quarterbacks and exploit them.
“They have a great running game. They have a great running back in a good friend of mine, Jonathan Stewart, as well as No. 34 (DeAngelo Williams), it’s a great tandem, and you can throw Cam Newton in there too. Steve Smith is a hell of a wide receiver, has been to the Pro Bowl many times and his veteran status continues to produce. They have a great group of guys that we’re going to have to watch and I’m just highlighting the guys you might be seeing. They also have Jeremy Shockey and (Greg) Olsen, who used to play in Chicago, those are guys who can hurt you as well.
“It doesn’t feel like we’ve lost three of our last four games, and for whatever reasons we’ve lost, I don’t really care. It’s over and done with. We need to focus on these next seven games which are very important for us to get where we need to get to.”
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