Rivera says noise in Superdome “really doesn’t matter”

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As the Panthers prepare step onto the biggest NFL stage in prime time, they know it will be loud  in the Superdome.  And they don’t care.

At least they say the don’t care.

“I’ll be honest with you, as loud as the places get now, it really doesn’t matter,” coach Ron Rivera said of the noise in New Orleans on Friday’s PFT Live.  “Atlanta is a very loud place, Minnesota is a tough place to go in and play.  I think it’s just part of it now, it really has been and I think with the way that fans get into the games today, it’s just something that you’ve got to be able to match.

“The thing that we try to talk about is what happens between the white lines and not what’s happening outside of them.  It was great to hear some of our players that said that in their press conferences.  Thomas Davis, most notably, came out and said it’s really about what we do and what we are going to try to do between the white lines.”

That doesn’t mean the Panthers haven’t prepared for the coming storm of sound.

“[W]e have the noise piped in [to practice] and in fact we’ve had a couple of neighbors complain about this,” Rivera said.  “We work on the silent counts because it is really all about getting the snap count off correctly, changing it up on how we do the silent count.  There are many different things that we do to try to do to get the communications across to each other.  We’re going to do some things differently on the defensive side as well because even though it isn’t going to be as loud for the defense, there is still going to be some communication things that we are going to be really good with.”

The best way to deal with the sound would be to jump on the Saints early and take the crowd out of the game.  If the Panthers can do that and in turn win, they’ll be well on their way to the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

9 responses to “Rivera says noise in Superdome “really doesn’t matter”

  1. I used to live right next to the Colts practice facility, and on weeks when they were going to be away, it would be LOUD. They would have the speakers pounding crowd noise all week. Obviously noise is a factor, but professional players should be fairly immune to it.

  2. Which is worse, bountygate or keeping plenty of crying towels handy for your laptop stealing, money taking QB ?

  3. Superdome will be loud for sure.. going to be tough to come in and beat Brees and the Ain’ts. but if the front 4 can put pressure on him early and often then who knows it could be another long night for #9. Keep Pounding!!!

  4. thepftpoet says:
    Dec 8, 2013 3:59 PM
    The bounty gate saints will get destroyed tonight

    Hey did the Vikings win today?
    Shame on you Minnesota for keeping A P for all these years on a failure of a team.
    Way to go and waste a living legend’s talent.
    You should be ashamed.

  5. thepftpoet says:
    Dec 8, 2013 3:59 PM
    The bounty gate saints will get destroyed tonight.

    Good Call There, Another Football Rocket Surgeon!

  6. thepftpoet says: Dec 8, 2013 3:59 PM

    The bounty gate saints will get destroyed tonight.

    LOL……How did that vikings game go yesterday? I missed the end of it.

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