Coach Marvin Lewis: "We gave up too many opportunities today."

Head Coach Marvin Lewis addresses the media following the game at Carolina.

RE: Game Summary

I think the the thing is that’s a football game we had every opportunity to get it done and finish the thing out – a lot of opportunity. We gave up too many opportunities today with the turnovers. Gave them good field position too often and they capitalized on it. We didn’t get enough. We didn’t make the ball bounce our way and create enough of that. We have to do a better job of assignment football. We knew we’d be tested with that and that seemed to be the difference. We had a difficult time with stopping the drives there in the second quarter. We could settle down on defense, played a little better in the second half in that situation, but when we’ve got a chance to get a couple of turnovers and we don’t make them…defensively we obviously gave it up too many times today.

RE: Difference in run defense today versus last two weeks

This looked different, this kind of run defense today and we just have to play assignments

RE: Late interception on pass from Andy Dalton to John Ross

I’m not sure (what he was seeing)

RE: Concern for A.J. Green going down

No he wasn’t able to finish. If he was able to finish, A.J. would go in there and finish.

RE: Christian McCaffrey

They do a good job with him in their offense.

RE: Will A.J. Green play next week

I’m not sure.

RE: How big of a blow to lose A.J. Green

Obviously, A.J. is a very good player, but we don’t have to count him out yet. You’re getting ahead of yourself

RE: How big of a blow today losing Green today

It’s part of the NFL guys. You’ve got to have other guys get ready to go, and we’ve just got to step up and guys have got to get in position to make plays.

RE: Just one of those games where the ball bounced the other way

No. We didn’t make any bounces go our way. We had opportunity and we’ve got to make them bounce our way. We’ve got to win on third down early in the game. We’ve got to understand that. We got the second drive and they got the ball for a touchdown. We got a run off third down in there, and then later on we’ve got to make sure we stay gaps on some of the things that they’re doing trying to create different looks for their quarterback. He did a nice job.

RE: What could have been done differently against Cam Newton

I can’t tell you that right now. We didn’t play well enough to beat Cam.

RE: Surprised at your defense today

Again, this is a different style of offense and attack and you’ve got to adjust and morph and play it and make sure we stay sound in it and play it all the time. You’ve got all three options and we have to do a good job throughout the football game. We had moments where we played it perfectly. Then we had others where we didn’t.

RE: What changed after good first drive

I don’t know what happened – I can’t remember what happened in the first drive. We did go down and score a touchdown, but…did a nice job on that one third down I think in the drive and we converted it.

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