‘Turn it up’ for playoffs means you’ve been dogging, Panthers’ Rivera says
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Jan 10, 2014
Panthers coach Ron Rivera expects Smith to play. “One of my old teammates, Jim Morrissey, always used to say, ‘If you’ve got to turn it up a notch when you get to the playoffs, then you weren’t giving it your all during the regular season,’” Rivera said. Coach Ron Rivera, who won a Super Bowl as a player with Chicago and coached in one as the Bears’ defensive coordinator, said other than the finality for the losing team, he thinks the pressure of a playoff game is on par with an important regular-season game. Smith said what was already pretty obvious: He’d been giving random percentages all week about the strength of his knee and the odds he’d play against the 49ers.