The right side of the Carolina Panthers’ offensive line struggled as Sunday’s 24-7 victory over the Detroit Lions wore on, and coach Ron Rivera shouldered part of the blame for that on Monday.
Rivera admitted he and the coaching staff should have rotated veteran Fernando Velasco back in at right guard to spell rookie Trai Turner later in the game.
“They did struggle a little bit,” Rivera said. “(Turner) did get tired. Again that goes back to the point of recognizing those things and getting back into your rotation.”
Velasco played in the first two series of the game and Turner played the remaining 60 snaps.
The Lions sacked Newton five times Sunday, and only the first was a coverage sack. The second was a communication breakdown between center Ryan Kalil and guard Amini Silatolu; the third was on right tackle Nate Chandler; the fourth was on left tackle Byron Bell; and the fifth could be assigned to both Chandler and Turner.