Head Coach Dennis Allen
On if Palmer will fly home with the team: “Yes, obviously a lot of that is going to depend on if they find anything or not, but we expect him to be.”
On keeping the game close: “Yeah, well I thought our defense played outstanding in the game. Obviously we gave up two touchdowns in the game and then the late field goal there, but I thought our defense kept us in the game, gave us some opportunities. We just weren’t able to take advantage of those opportunities. That was an explosive offense that we played. I thought Jason Tarver did an outstanding job calling the defense, keeping the pressure on them. Some of their quarterback-run schemes and read schemes we did a pretty nice job on with the exception of one play. I was pleased with the way our defense played. I thought special teams, I thought we played well special teams. Shane [Lechler] was outstanding as far as pinning them back and making them have to go the long, hard way. We’ve got to score more points.”
On if he thought about putting in QB Terrelle Pryor: “No, I mean, Matt is our backup quarterback. Terrelle has done a nice job. He’s working extremely hard. We don’t feel like he’s ready to be the backup quarterback yet and we felt like Matt would give us the best chance. Although, we feel like using Terrelle in some of the packages and some of the things like we did with him today -- the pass down there in the red zone, also the throw-back screen to start the game off second play of the game -- those are some of the things we feel like we can use him in right now until he develops even more as a quarterback.”
On if he considered kicking a field goal instead of going for it on 4th down: “Yeah, but my thought process was, we needed a touchdown no matter what and so I thought since we had the opportunity, we were down there…We’d kicked the field goal a couple times down there and I felt like we needed to get a touchdown, so I wanted to try to go for it and see if we couldn’t get it. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to make the play.”
On if they would have gone for the 2-point conversation if they’d scored: “Yeah.”
On the play calls on 3rd-and-1: “I would have liked to have seen us get the first down and that’s what we’ve got to do better at. Up until last week, we were one of the leading teams on 3rd-and-1. But obviously we’ve got stopped a couple of times and we have to do better there.”
On the physicality of the game: “I thought it was a very physical game. Obviously, some of those [personal fouls] are judgment calls, but I thought both teams played physical brand of football and that’s the way the game ought to be played.”
On the personal foul on DT
On QB Cam Newton bumping the official: “I didn’t see that, so I don’t know exactly what happened. Obviously, I know they got an unsportsmanlike conduct, but I didn’t see exactly what happened there.”
On if bumping the official is an automatic ejection: “It’s my understanding that it is, but again, I didn’t see what happened so I don’t really know.”
On running game: “Wasn’t good enough. Not today. Disappointed, we have to be able to run the football better. They dominated the line of scrimmage in this particular game and we struggled to run it and we have to do a better job of being able to run the football.”
QB Matt Leinart
On how he felt getting into the game: "A little bit rusty. You always have to be ready to play. I always try to pride myself on always being ready and being accountable, and that was it. I think I could have played better, definitely could have made more plays. I thought we moved the ball pretty well. We just have to get touchdowns. But there were some throws that I want back. We just have to be ready when our number is called."
On throwing checkdowns: "Footwork-wise, it was a little antsy in there just because I hadn’t played and I was excited. A couple of drives, it started to slow my mind down a little bit. I’m comfortable with all of the reads and all that, I just think again, I wasn’t as comfortable as I should have been in the pocket. I thought the offensive line did a great job. I didn’t get touched, no sacks. There were some throws that got away from me and all that. I just need to look at the tape and if I need to play next week, I’ll be ready."
On missed touchdown opportunities: "There were just some plays that were left on the field and it starts with me. I just have to make more plays to help us win. Like I said, I thought we moved the ball well, we converted on a lot of third downs to keep the chains moving, but we didn’t make enough plays to win the game. Credit Carolina, they played good. It’s a good team, a good defensive unit, they’ve been solid all year. We’ll look at the tape. We have one more week left and we are going to go to San Diego and get ready to win a division game."
On if he had a chance to speak to Carson Palmer: "Just a little bit at halftime. Not really sure what is going on. I think the x-rays came back negative. He’s a trooper and I know if he’s feeling up to play, then he wants to play. But I’m definitely going to prepare this week like I’m going to be starting. We want to finish this season off with a win no matter what, so I’m going to prepare hard this week like I always do and be ready to play and definitely make more plays next week."
QB Terrelle Pryor
On playing in the game: "It’s just football you know. It’s what I’ve been playing my whole life. It’s something I like to do."
On his play: "I just do what I’m asked to do and that’s it. Whatever I show, I show."
On if he thought he could be used more: "I’m just a player. I don’t have any expertise in coaching."
On if he expects to play more: "Not sure. I know I played three decent plays but I didn’t play a lot."
On the game: "I’m upset that we lost. I think we should have won and more plays we could have made. But it’s the game of football, they get paid just like us. Hats off to them. We’ll go in next week and do the same thing and get back to work."
On keeping the focus: "All it is is just going back to work every day and giving it all you have. When you work hard it reaps the benefit and you’re going to continue to get better. We want to finish the season with a bang."
On his first career NFL interception: "I was in the right place at the right time. It bounced up there and I got it. Felt good to get."
On handling Cam Newton: "We did the best we could. Again, as I said before, he’s the type of player who is going to make plays no matter how much you scheme him. He’s just a special athlete and he is hard to bring down."
On second half adjustments: "It’s just going out executing what we have called and what we worked on in practice. No real differences, we just had to go out there and make it happen."
On his personal foul: "I’ll have to go see it on film again. I’m not the one who makes the calls here. I thought that it was pretty clean and I’m going to go out there and continue to play football as hard as I can. That’s all I can do."
On if the defense is improving: "Well, we lost so we didn’t do enough. It’s always good to play well, but at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is a W. So, no, not really.
On if the officials lost control of the game: "I didn’t think they lost control, I just honestly feel like players on both sides, we really don’t know how to tackle anymore. I couldn’t explain it to you. You just have to push really hard, I guess. And I’m not trying to be funny. I really don’t know how I would hit a guy who is coming across the field who can’t see me, I guess. I don’t know."
On if the personal fouls changed the way he played: "No, because you just play. But it hurts at the end of the play when it’s third down and you think you are getting off the field. During the play, you do what you can do, but then after the play, you are still on the field. That’s kind of redundant. I don’t know. I guess we’ll just have to change."
On returning to Charlotte: "It’s always good to come home, get to see my family and everything. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks but it’s always good to come home and play. Feels like a home game to me."