After further review

A look at some of the subjects tossed around by NFC head coaches at the NFL Annual Meeting:

CAROLINA PANTHERS: A less-than-desired result in Super Bowl 50 has compelled head coach Ron Rivera to re-think the entire process involved with playing for a Lombardi Trophy.

"The Super Bowl is now two things," Rivera said. "It's an event and it's a game. I know this, my approach is going to be different. I think it was a good, valuable learning lesson. I think we've taken some things away from what has happened and what we intend to do.

"I hope to get an opportunity to go back because I think I have a better feel for it."

As for the specifics of Carolina's 24-10 loss to Denver, Rivera regretted not getting off to a better start.
A first-and-10 pass to wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery that was initially called incomplete on the field and held up as incomplete after further review on Carolina's fourth offensive snap loomed especially large, in retrospect.

"Really, to me, it came down to the first four plays in terms of setting the tempo of the game," Rivera said. "I wish we could have done a few of those plays better. I wish we could have had clarity on the Cotchery play because everybody knows two plays later the sack-fumble for a touchdown (for the Broncos occurred). The tone was set there a little bit.

"To me that was probably the one thing that really didn't sit well with me. I've seen that segment of plays probably eight, nine times already, just trying to evaluate it, look at what we could have done better, what we should have done as coaches, what we could have done better as players."

LOS ANGELES RAMS: Head coach Jeff Fisher has been with a franchise that moved from Houston to Memphis and eventually to Nashville previously, but that experience didn't completely prepare him for the current journey from St. Louis the Rams are making.

"A lot of differences," Fisher told the NFL Network regarding the Oilers' move out of Texas after the 1996 season. "The organizations weren't as big back then. Similarities? You've got to communicate with the players, that's the big thing with the move. You just have to keep the players informed. You have to be patient on the front end. There are a lot of things that are going to happen and a lot of things that are going to be out of your control.

"But at the end the 31 other teams really don't care what you're going through between now and the start of the regular season so you've gotta get ready for that."

GREEN BAY PACKERS: Head coach Mike McCarthy's teams have gone 3-5 in the postseason and haven't been back to a Super Bowl in the five seasons since the Packers beat the Steelers, 31-15, in Super Bowl XLV.

But McCarthy told he's as optimistic as ever heading into 2016.

"We don't panic," McCarthy said. "We don't overreact. We stay the course.

"I feel strongly that everybody is working to improve and make this 2016 season the best one yet."
McCarthy always appreciates gatherings such as the one the NFL conducted last week.

"There's a lot of production that goes on," he said. "Obviously, you get the vision of the league, the concerns and the topics of concern are always addressed. But really the interaction you get with your peers is always of high importance.

"You always have an opportunity to learn anytime you speak to a number of different people in the league whether it's other coaches, GMs, presidents or owners. It's a great learning opportunity."

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.