Panthers defensive coordinator: 'We're not gonna panic'

Panthers defensive coordinator: 'We're not gonna panic'

Fans in the Carolinas are still up in arms over the Panthers’ lackluster performance against the Steelers — and rightfully so.

The team, however, is preparing to move forward with business as usual. 

Speaking for the first time since their 52-21 shellacking on national television, Panthers defensive coordinator Eric Washington made that crystal clear. 

“We’re not going to panic,” Washington said, while calling the team’s defensive performance an anomaly.

But it’s obvious adjustments need to be made if the Panthers are to have any hopes of making a deep run in the playoffs. 

Against Pittsburgh, Carolina gave up 457 yards of total offense, allowing Ben Roethlisberger to turn in his best performance of the season by completing 22 of 25 passes for 328 yards and 5 touchdowns — resulting in a perfect passer rating of 158.3.

All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly still has faith in his teammates, despite such a demoralizing loss.

“We have a really good football team,” Kuechly said. “We have to come back next week with the right mindset to work and get a win.”

The Panthers play the Lions at 1 p.m. ET Sunday in Detroit.