Arizona had Carolina scratching their heads wondering what went wrong.
"If we would have hugged our men up and kept everything in front of us and made the tackles, they wouldn't have gotten that far down the field," safety Deon Grant said.
Defensive tackle Brentson Buckner knew exactly what happened. "They (Arizona) made the plays," Buckner said, "that's what happened. "One thing about being the No. 1 defense — that don't mean a hill of beans if you can't go out there and do it when it counts. Of course it looks good on paper, but what really counts are wins and losses."
As if it wasn't difficult enough for the Panthers to stop the Arizona offense, Panthers quarterback Rodney Peete stated that with Muhsin Muhammad out of the lineup, opposing defenses are sneaking an eighth man up closer to the line of scrimmage, making it tougher for the Panthers to run the ball.
Not having Muhammad in the lineup has been an enormous loss for Carolina. The Panthers are 0-2 since Muhammad, the team's leading receiver, went down with an injury to his hamstring.
"Everybody's got to understand that with Moose (Muhammad) out, they're definitely going to play with the safeties up close, and the guys wide outside are going to have to make play after play after play," Peete said.
Peete finished by saying that until the Panthers can make each play consistently; they will not be able to run the ball like they did in the first three games that they took victories.
Sounds simple enough. However, the blame cannot all be put on the Panther defense. Rodney Peete threw two fourth quarter interceptions and Lamar Smith fumbled twice. Playing without wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, the Panthers' passing game hasn't been the least bit stimulating.